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Acadia National Park Island Explorer Bus

Village Green, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
+1 207-667-5796
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Bar Harbor Vacation

Great find!! Driver/Guide was a wealth of knowledge & had a fantastic people presence! It was worth... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
via mobile
The shuttle to everywhere you want to be

Park your car at your hotel and use this amazing shuttle to get around. Always on time, you will... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Tampa, Florida
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Village Green, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
+1 207-667-5796
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great find!! Driver/Guide was a wealth of knowledge & had a fantastic people presence! It was worth every penny & more! I would definitely recommend this tour!

Thank tchjudy
Reviewed 2 days ago

Park your car at your hotel and use this amazing shuttle to get around. Always on time, you will ride in comfort to all of the key points in the Acadia National Park... and it is free!

Thank GreyMatters
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the park is perfect to explorer people, and for thouse who like to hike. it is very well organized, signals are very clear even for people who does not speak english, amazing views, but you need to be prepared for climbing and it is not...More

1  Thank mayArequipa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Acadia was a fantastic experience...one I will never forget! The hike was easy but still a small workout! The views were spectacular! The trails were perfectly clean and easy to access! We started at the bottom and took small sections, each with a result of...More

Thank sunshinegirl66
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful National Park, the views are amazing. Very nice beach area. Wonderful rock formations. Wildlife, Sunset was beautiful. This is a pristine park, and a can't miss place to visit. Explore and plenty of places to pull of the road a take pictures of all...More

Thank Laurie S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We drove through the beauty and enjoyed a relaxing visit away from traffic and crowds. What a jewel of a place to visit.

Thank Hill2pGuy
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Its a great way to see the park especially if your a first time, or just don't want to do the drive. The drivers are very informed and give a great narration of the park's history.

Thank lauramE8728PX
Reviewed 22 May 2017

If you come by ship & don't want to be part of an arranged tour... this is your best bet. Be a local - use the 'Explorer'

Thank chunko4
Reviewed 19 May 2017

L.L. Bean deserves so much credit for sponsoring this system every summer. It is a great means of getting anywhere on MDI, including to the local BH airport. Wonderful!

1  Thank Bruno13016
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This 3 hour tour through Acadia National Park includes 3 stops of about 20 minutes. It was a low effort, stress free way to see the highlights of the park. If you're the outdoorsy, hiker type this may be too sedentary for you. Our guide...More

Thank Buzz_Carol
IExplore123, General Manager at Acadia National Park Island Explorer Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Thanks for the great review but you have the wrong business. Island Explorer does not provide tours or narration. Also we are not in operation on May 17.

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Melissa B
Are dogs allowed on the bus
26 March 2017|
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Response from PatrickOcean_nj | Reviewed this property |
Not sure.
Is there an online map of where each bus goes, length of time it takes, and where to park car to be picked up. Want to do Park Loop Rd. Maybe park car at Otter Point?
2 September 2016|
Response from Jeanette R | Reviewed this property |
The bus system in the park changes from summer to summer depending on which passes and trails are open or closed. The main park visitors center will have the most up to date schedule. It is the visitors center at the very... More
Holland America cruise September 2016 ... Where do we access Island Explorer from the pier? Are reservations needed?
24 August 2016|
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Response from CozumelLover2011 | Reviewed this property |
You will pick it up at what is called the Village Green (directly downtown) Ask anyone and they will tell you exactly where. Buses are very flexible with pick up and drop off. No reservations. Here is a link to their... More