Our Visitor Center is open Monday - Friday, 9AM to 5PM. We have individual, vehicle and annual Acadia Park Passes available.
|At Home's 8th Annual At Home Tennis Round Robin|
ArtWaves Presents: Batik Painting with Gloria Avner
Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Flute Making Workshop with Hawk Henries Rescheduled
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Confronting the Challenges of Affordable Housing - Island Housing Trust
Acadia Night Sky Festival
|Island Arts Association's October Craft Fair|
|Historical event comes to life at auto museum |
Island Briefs: Superintendent search, mask mandate, hazardous waste collection
Congressional officials visit Acadia to talk about climate change
|Healthy Acadia Announces Third Year of Mini-Grant Opportunities for Community Partners to Expand Youth Substance Use Prevention Initiatives
Forum on Women's Health, Pregnancy and COVID-19
MDI Hospital's Press Release August 27, 2021 regarding increased COVID cases in Hancock County
Welcome to New Chamber Member, Maine Solar Choices!
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Hooked Rugs Exhibit in September
|Water Tower at Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park to be Repainted |
Duck Brook Motor Road Bridge Temporary Lane Closure
Two Water Related Life Flights in Acadia National Park on August 13
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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.