One of the many fun aspects of any visit to Acadia National Park is shopping for gifts, souvenirs, novelties, clothing, books, photographs, prints, DVDs and more to enhance your park experience and to take away some fond memories to treasure when you’re back home.
A number of park facilities offer not only great gift shopping, but friendly and helpful rangers and staff and a wealth of park information, park passes, maps and guidebooks, and brochure racks overflowing with colorful information. Plus park interpretive display panels, restrooms and water fountains.
Stop in at the Thompson Island Information Center on Route 3 just after crossing the bridge over Mount Desert Narrows from the mainland onto Mount Desert Island. Further south on the way to Bar Harbor, visit the Hulls Cove Visitor Center for a good selection of park-themed gift items, and to watch the Gift of Acadia, a short film that tells the amazing story of Acadia National Park. There’s also a three-dimensional map of the park and many interpretive displays.
Take a scenic drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the East Coast of the United States, for a magnificent panoramic view. While you’re there, stroll over to the Cadillac Summit Center to browse the gift shop, buy a refreshing snack, and use the restroom.
After the excitement of crashing waves at Thunder Hole, visit the former Thunder Hole Ranger Station just across the Park Loop Road, which now houses a park information desk and gift shop.
Take in the amazing view of Jordan Pond and The Bubbles from Jordan Pond House on the Park Loop Road, enjoy a delicious full-course meal or a light lunch in the snack bar, then take a look around the gift shop before continuing your exploration of the park.
Of course, there are a wide variety of specialty stores, antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, outfitters, craft stores, and other retail shops and outlets in the bustling town of Bar Harbor, in the villages of Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor, and in many of the other hamlets across Mount Desert Island. Walk the pretty streets, enjoy the fresh sea air, mingle with the summer crowds, browse the stores to your heart’s content, and stop for an ice cream cone or a relaxing lunch or dinner. Shopping is very much a part of the Acadia adventure, so take your time and enjoy.