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The Visitor Center is open Monday - Friday, from 9AM to 5PM. Acadia Weekly and Annual Park Passes are available.

Acadia Repertory Theatre Presents: The Importance of Being Earnest

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Silent Art Auction Library Benefit

Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Fun with Feathers

Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Are Birds Like You and Me?

ArtWaves Presents: Liviah's Crafternoons - Fairy Houses and Fleece Fairies
Island Arts Association's August Craft Fair

Island Arts Association's August Craft Fair
Area workshops help homeowners keep heating costs down

Gilley brings carving legend to MDI

Year-round health care service returns to Northeast Harbor

Versant files notice for $30M rate increase request

Southwest Harbor struggles while waiting for harbormaster
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Bar Harbor Wealth Management Accepting Applications until September 16 from Mount Desert Island Nonprofits for Hattie A. & Fred C. Lynam Trust Grants

Acadia National Park celebrates 30th anniversary of its Artist-in-Residence program in 2023

MDI Hospital MRI Wing Memorial Dedication & Ribbon Cutting July 8th

Acadia National Park visitors should come prepared for a busy Independence Day weekend
NPS Director visits Acadia National Park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Acadia National Park celebrates 30th anniversary of its Artist-in-Residence program in 2023

National park tourism in Maine creates $770 million in economic output

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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.

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