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Please help us plan our DREAM VACATION!

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Please help us plan our DREAM VACATION!

My husband and I, and our 13-year old daughter will be arriving in Bar Harbor/Acadia on the afternoon of August 4 after having spent 2-3 days in Boston. We are looking for a hotel for 3 nights. Something nice in a pretty area close to downtown or out by Frenchman Bay. But hoping not to exceed $200/night. I would greatly appreciate any lodging suggestions.

Additionally, would love suggestions for "must-do, must-see" activities." We will only have Thursday, Friday, and half of Saturday to cram in as much as possible! We want to see as much of the natural beauty as possible and also would love to kayak on some FLAT water if available. Mostly we are looking for experiences for our whole family that we will never forget

Thanks again for any help!

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1. Re: Please help us plan our DREAM VACATION!

If you want something on the water and under $200 a night, you'll want to look at the hotels just outside of downtown Bar Harbor like the Atlantic Oceanside Resort or Bar Harbor Regency. I recently went swimming over at the Regency and it was really nice.

Most of the guided kayak tours go out on the Bay or the ocean which is not flat but neither is it very rough. Depending on the weather, you could have very calm waters for kayaking. Most go out in tandem kayaks which are safer for beginners. Look into Aquaterra and National Park Kayak.

Visit acadiamagic.com for ideas. It's a great website for activities around Acadia.

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2. Re: Please help us plan our DREAM VACATION!

We did this with a 13 year old:

"Swim " at Sand Beach...water is cold!

Hike the Head or Headland trail - look for whales.

Go whale watching.

Learn about Lobsters at Lobsterarium.

Diver Ed boat trip. He can be a bit too immature for 13 year olds...but fun.

Top of Cadillac Mountain - just don't watch while your teen scrambles wildly on the rocks. Wild blueberries will be ripe; there are tiny bushes on top. Watch the sunset half way down the mountain. Stay for the afterglow. No way will a 13 year old be awake early enough to see sunrise.

Bike around Eagle Lake

Play Pirate Cove miniature golf

Search the tide pools at Otter Point at low tide

Try a sample of lobster ice cream at shop is Bar Harbor

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3. Re: Please help us plan our DREAM VACATION!

My dream vacations always include great food. Lobster, blueberry pie, seafood chowder, steamed clams, fresh crabmeat rolls -- Bar Harbor offers a great vacation for foodies. In addition to seafood, you'll find creative chefs experimenting with lots of other local ingredients (goat cheese) and produce. Afterwards, you can work it all off biking, hiking, kayaking, or even tackling a family rock climb! The details at this link may be helpful for choosing where to eat:


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