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Address: Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number:
+1 207-266-9461
00:00 - 23:59
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Sun - Sat 00:00 - 23:59
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The Natural History Center is a family-run business based in Bar Harbor,...

The Natural History Center is a family-run business based in Bar Harbor, Maine, specializing in leading birding, nature, and adventure tours in the Acadia and Downeast region.

        Whether you are interested in learning about birds or adding to your life-list, learning to kayak or build on skills you already have, The Natural History Center has a staff of experts to help. Families with children of any age can go on tide-pool adventures. Go on a photo safari to capture birds or the hidden gems of the natural world. Take a scenic tour of Acadia National Park, learning about the history of the natural and cultural landscape. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing in Acadia National Park is an excellent activity (February is a particularly good month to plan winter activities).

        Join The Natural History Center for any of your favorite outdoor adventures. Tours are generally geared to small or private groups. All ages and abilities are welcome; they will customize the tour to fit your interests and needs. Tours are available year-round. Their personable staff are sure to add to your visit to the Acadia region of Maine.

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the best and entertaining bird tour ever!

I have spent a lot of time with Rich and Natalie in the past and they have helped me come to love bird watching. I'm much more of a non-stop, ADD person, who has come to... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2013
Estes Park, CO
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Estes Park, CO
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

I have spent a lot of time with Rich and Natalie in the past and they have helped me come to love bird watching. I'm much more of a non-stop, ADD person, who has come to appreciate watching birds from Rich and Natalie appreciation of these beautiful creatures. If you are looking for a way to spice up your trip... More 

1 Thank charlesbronson17
Bar Harbor
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2013

My family went out on an early morning tour with Rich Macdonald. They are avid birders from the midwest and were looking to see certain birds. Rich created a custom trip to meet their needs. They were very impressed with his guiding ability and wealth of knowledge. Thanks Rich!

2 Thank bixie63
Fort Worth, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2013

The Natural History Center is small but packed with information on the local Acadia area. The main focus of the store is Ornithology, but it has all sorts of materials available for purchase as well a plethora of education materials. The real gem of the Natural History Center is the owner Richard MacDonald. He offers guided nature hikes and bird... More 

5 Thank Daniel B
Springfield, VA
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163 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2012

In planning our Quebec to Boston cruise we (two couples) primarily used TripAdvisor to plan port excursions rather than use those hosted by Holland America; our interests were primarily birding and photography. Rich MacDonald and his company, The Natural History Center, was a find. He met us only steps from the tender dock, whisked us out of town and into... More 

4 Thank eer1
Belgrade, ME
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114 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2012

This was wonderful!!! Very informative and a great stop at any time. Love this kind of thing so we didn't want to miss it!!!

2 Thank tishlangdon
Rochester, New York
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106 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2012

not alot in shop, people were friendly, didn't use tour center, had a good section of used books on nature ,outdoors

1 Thank pappy335
MDIbirdnerd, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. Unfortunatley, you visited us at the end of the season when we our not replenishing our inventory (the Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park tourism season pretty much ends at the end of October). We hope you will visit our region again, perhaps earlier in the season when we have a full inventory. More 

Crofton, Maryland
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

We've been to Acadia many times before, but Rich customized his tour to our interests and told us many things about the park and island we had not been aware of. While hiking along trails, Rich pointed out any number of things we would never have noticed on our own. I was particularly interested in learning that one could spot... More 

3 Thank Brian R
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

Rich was wonderful. Though it was the wrong time of year for spotting many birds, we did hear many, many birds. And I did add birds to my life list. It was a great day! I will do it again the next time I get back to the states. Highly recommended!

1 Thank Mainelysochi
Orlando, Florida
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2012

We booked a tour with the Natural History Center because we wanted to learn more about the birds, plants, & history of Acadia from an expert and from a local’s perspective. We got so much more out of our trip by doing so, than just relying on guide books alone. Rich was accommodating, flexible, and knowledgeable, and we felt we... More 

2 Thank gardenbird
Quebec City, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 11 July 2012

We went for a wonderful bird watching tour with Rich. Great experience ! Lots of birds, Rich is very generous and is also an expert. Jean from Quebec

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