Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Just For Kids

A visit to Acadia gives kids a chance to get back to nature and learn about plant and animal life, living history and the wonders of the ecosystem. At the same time, they’re able to gain a better appreciation of the role rangers play in keeping America’s parks preserved for generations to come. Here’s a helpful rundown of some fun ways kids can get involved.

Check out a Visitor Center

Stop at Hulls Cove Visitor Center to sign up for a children’s program with a park ranger, explore a pond, listen to a story, try field research or unearth Acadia’s geological secrets.

Become a Junior Ranger

Kids of all ages can become Junior Rangers by completing the activities in the Junior Ranger booklet, which is available at the visitor center. Then, they join one or two ranger-led programs or walks to receive a Junior Ranger patch.

Visit the Nature Center

Head to the Nature Center at  Sieur de Monts Spring to check out displays on park wildlife, guidebooks and brochures. Children can record animals they have seen in the center’s logbook.

Explore the Carriage Roads

Take kids on a horse-drawn carriage ride on Acadia’s carriage roads.

Go to the Water

Look for eagles, ospreys, harbor seals and porpoises on ranger-led boat tours.

Drive up Cadillac Mountain

From the top of Cadillac Mountain, kids can see many offshore islands.

Visit the Abbe Museum

A short walk from the Nature Center and down a woodland path at Sieur de Monts Spring, the Abbe Museum houses American Indian artifacts like early pottery and bone and stone tools. Fees are $3 for adults and $1 for children (ages 6 to 15). Also visit the Abbe in downtown Bar Harbor. Fees are $6 for adults and $2 for children, and include admission at the Sieur de Monts location.

Stop by Jordan Pond House

Kids will love the homemade ice cream and popovers at Acadia's Jordan Pond House!

Hit the Beach

Children will enjoy the crashing waves and coarse-grained sand at Sand Beach. If you're not ready to brave the cold ocean waters here, head to the swimming area at Echo Lake. Both areas have on-duty lifeguards from June through August.

Hike up Gorham Mountain

This short hike ascends only 525 feet and offers ocean views. During July and August, you can pick blueberries on some of Acadia’s mountains.

Visit Schoodic Peninsula

Marvel at the surf’s sound and fury when it's almost high tide at Schoodic Peninsula. Tide information is posted at the visitor center and in the park newspaper, the Beaver Log.