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

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Art & Poetry Exhibit

ArtWaves Presents: Thursday Figure Drawing

ArtWaves Presents: Zumba with Erin Allen

ArtWaves Presents: Introduction to Cyanotypes with Dale

ArtWaves Presents: Ballet for all Bodies (Teen and Adult)
Island Arts Association's Memorial Day Craft Fair

Island Arts Association's Memorial Day Craft Fair

Island Arts Association's Annual Spring Craft Fair

Island Arts Association's Annual Spring Craft Fair

Coastal Fine Arts Alliance's Annual Gallery on the Green
Projects seek to unite offshore energy, fishing community

Sailing season shapes up

Alewife harvest looking like banner year

MDI High School junior gets osprey nest on campus relocated

American Legion seeks new members
MDI Hospital Notifies Community of Referral Issue with New Electronic Health Record System

Welcome to new Chamber Member Better Homes and Gardens - The Masiello Group!

Healthy Acadia Offering COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test Kits, Gas Cards

Master craftsman and storyteller Ralph Stanley dies at 92

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Christmas Carol Radio Play and Kids Holiday Activities
Come prepared for Memorial Day weekend at Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park’s trail system added to the National Register of Historic Places

Top ten tips for your visit to Acadia National Park

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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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