Great playgrounds, including one in Town Hill and one in downtown Bar Harbor
Continuous learning options like Adult Ed, Acadia Senior College, and College of the Atlantic (you can audit one class per semester gratis if you are a resident)
College of the Atlantic has inexpensive vegan and non-vegan lunch options and is open to the public. Plus thy have great programs there like lectures and programs run by students the public is open to participate in.
Bar Harbor Barter and Swap, the prolific local Facebook group, has an in person sale where people can buy tables and sell things. Admission to the event goes to a different local cause every year.
Ice skating in the winter on local ponds (most have at least one shovel on site and the community collectively keeps them shoveled off and accessible)
Carriage trails groomed for cross country skiing and snowshoeing by volunteers (follow the Friends of Acadia on Facebook for trail grooming statuses)
Several local craft markets throughout the year with lots of different offerings and price points so you can support local artists.
You can see seals and other marine life right from shore.
Side Street’s rockin New Year’s Eve party that’s fun without breaking the bank.
Lots of fun youth activities through the MDI YMCA, Camp Beechcliff, Artwaves, and more.
Just like you’ll have a friend with a boat, you’ll have a friend who wants to have a bonfire late in the summer.
Not only is it a great place to raise a child, but there are great resources throughout pregnancy like labor and newborn care classes, prenatal yoga, and support groups.
You will have at least one friend with a truck (if you don’t have one yourself), and one of those friends will also have a plow on said truck.
Practice your kickflips on the new skatepark in Bar Harbor (right next to the ballfield).
Lots of happy hour options throughout the year.
Cool networking events, like a business after hours on a whale watching boat.
We have our own version of an Oktoberfest every year, as well as a Beer Festival in January.
There are lots of salons around, where you can get facials, mani/pedis, haircuts, and even eyelash extensions.
If you love to bike, there are plenty of repair shops and other resources for you.
Plenty of plein air opportunities, whether you’re dabbling or a professional.
You’ll have a combo of fresh water, ocean, AND mountains surrounding you.
Experience all 4 seasons (good and bad, and sometimes in the course of one day).
It’s a safe place to live and raise kids.
Transportation help with Island Connections, Bar Harbor Shuttle, Island Explorer, and more!
You can become a master of the hook game at Dog & Pony and impress people.
You’re always 1-2 degrees of friendship away from any one person.
If being an early bird isn’t your thing, you can get discounted shopping done the later you stay out during Bar Harbor’s Midnight Madness Sale in December.
There are plenty of on-island mechanics who can help repair/maintain your vehicle(s) (and we have some island towing options, too).
Our local newspaper (published weekly) is community owned.
Bar Harbor was voted one of Newsmax’s 50 best small towns in America in 2016.