Hop aboard a ferry boat to explore the sights and sounds of the islands and peninsulas south and east of Mount Desert Island.
The Bar Harbor Ferry operates between Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, and Winter Harbor, on the Schoodic Peninsula, much of which is part of Acadia National Park. At Schoodic, the ferry service connects with Route No. 8 of the Island Explorer, the fare-free shuttle bus that circumnavigates the peninsula connecting Winter Harbor, Schoodic Point, Birch Harbor, and Prospect Harbor.
Take one of the narrated nature cruises around Frenchman Bay or into Somes Sound to see a wealth of marine and bird life, lighthouses, and dramatic Acadia scenery. Cruise vessels feature heated cabins, restrooms, and a snack bar.
Board the M/V Miss Samantha for a ferry ride out of Bar Harbor to remote Baker Island just southeast of the Cranberry Isles. Debark and join an Acadia National Park naturalist for an interpretive tour of Baker’s natural and human history, including the Gilley Farm and its homestead, farm fields, and orchards; the incredible “dance floor” rock formation—a large, flat expanse of granite at the ocean’s edge; the Baker Island Cemetery; and the Baker Island Lighth that marks the southwestern entrance to Frenchman Bay.
Several private and state-operated ferry services operate between points on Mount Desert Island and the islands offshore to the south, allowing visitors an opportunity to explore the wonderful scenery, rich history, and island culture of these beautiful offshore locales.
The Beal & Bunker Mail Boat operates between Northeast Harbor and Great Cranberry and Little Cranberry islands, as well as Sutton Island upon request. The Cranberry Cove Boating Co. operates seasonal service from Southwest Harbor and Manset to Great Cranberry and Little Cranberry islands, and to Sutton Island upon request. A variety of parking options are available for day and overnight ferry users.
The Island Explorer shuttle bus serves all ferry points of departure on Mount Desert Island, so visitors can make a car-free connection to ferry service if desired.