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Address: Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME

Take a local ferry to this small island, which makes a nice day or half-day...

Take a local ferry to this small island, which makes a nice day or half-day destination.

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Enjoy islands? Visit Swan's Island, ME!

We visited Swan's Island in 2002 without a plan, a day trip, without a car. We immediately knew we wanted to return, we returned in 2003, rented for the month of September... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jim S
Swans Island, Maine
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Swans Island, Maine
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Swan's Island in 2002 without a plan, a day trip, without a car. We immediately knew we wanted to return, we returned in 2003, rented for the month of September. Weather was beautiful, hiking was great, views were better than anticipated. In 2004, we returned for the month of May, again having a great time exploring the island.... More 

Thank Jim S
Glen Allen, Virginia
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Enjoyed the ferry over to Swans Island as a day trip while we were staying in Bass Harbor. The boat ride took an enjoyable half hour to make the crossing and it was interesting to see Acadia National Park from the water. Swans Island is a pretty, well-forested rural island. We went to TIMS, the only store on the island,... More 

2 Thank Martina C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

My first time on the island, and the people were so welcoming! Can't wait to get back on the isle and walk the trails and indulge in the amazing lobster!!

1 Thank SteveBattista
Boston, Massachusetts
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160 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

I loved the ferry ride over from Bass Harbor (inhale the beach roses -- aka the rosa rugosa by the ferry terminal) to Swan's Island. It took about 40 minutes. You really get a feel for the classic rugged beauty of this part of Maine and these beautiful islands off the coast of Mt Desert Island....the tall spruce trees, the... More 

3 Thank Sandra G
Chicago, Illinois
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86 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016

My brother-in-law lives here. I love the place. Very inviting and friendly place. A Lobster fleet sails out of the harbor there. The summer is when the shops and eateries are open. Ferry commutes from Bass Harbor several times a day. Visit during the folk music festival in the summer!

1 Thank Peter E
Mount Gilead, Ohio
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

One of the lighthouses you can get close to. There is an active Coast Guard family stationed here so be courteous. There is also a path that leads to some great photo opportunities.

1 Thank Traci R
Medford, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2015

My wife and I, had an over nite on Swans Island last July. We took our BMW touring motorcycle over on the ferry from Bass Harbor on weekday morning, checked in with Colleen, the owner of the Inn, who was working the ferry terminal at Bass Harbor, on the mainland, We went over to our room at her Harbor Watch,... More 

5 Thank ben795
Rochester, New York
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

If you like ocean views, swimming in an abandoned quarry, exploring a superbly restored lighthouse, peering into wildly colored tidal pools on rocky shores, and bicycling on roller-coaster hills, put your bike on the ferry at Bass Harbor (on Mount Desert Island) and spend an idyllic day on Swans. Yes, you could see all these attractions on Swans using a... More 

7 Thank Matt14617
New York City, New York
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41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We are staying in Bass Harbor - the ferry to Swans Island is just down the road. It was an easy on and easy off the ferry trip for us but you do need a car. There is nothing to see or do from where the ferry comes in. The lighthouse was lovely, there was no one around at all... More 

1 Thank Bluebaci
Albany, New York
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2014

It is hidden gem right next to very famous Acadia. It is not place for everyone, it’s more like acquired taste. If you enjoy nature and bit of loneliness to unwind and relax then this is place for you. There are few things to keep in mind about this place. 1) Bring your own supplies, there is only one shop... More 

2 Thank moses678

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