The Visitor Center is open daily from 9AM to 5PM.
Weekly Individual and Vehicle Park Passes, and Acadia Annual Park Passes, are available.
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MDI Hospital President/CEO Arthur J. Blank to Host Listening Session on Senior Health Care
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The Quietside of Acadia
Mountains rising from the ocean,
forests stretching to granite cliffs,
lakes nestled in glacial valleys,
crashing surf on a rocky shoreline.
It is little wonder that nearly three million people come each year to Mt Desert Island
(often just called "MDI")
to enjoy Acadia National Park.
So, how can an island that hosts millions of people have a quiet side?
MDI is roughly circular with a fjord, Somes Sound,
through its center that nearly cuts it in two.
Acadia covers just over half of MDI,
about a third of the park is west of the sound.
Most tourists to the island head to Bar Harbor on the northeast coast,
which is home to several large hotels and is a popular stop for cruise ships.
Tremont and Southwest Harbor are the principal towns on the west side of MDI.
First settled by fishermen,
the towns retain their maritime heritage boasting healthy fishing fleets and myriad boat yards.
Although less traveled than the east side,
the Quietside of Acadia offers plenty of services for visitors,
as this website shows.
We invite you to browse the site to learn about Acadia National Park and our community.
Or better still,
come for a visit and enjoy Acadia away from the crowds.