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“A plane airplane ride.”
Review of Acadia Air Tours

Acadia Air Tours
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176 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“A plane airplane ride.”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

We did not make any reservations for our visit to Acadia National Park but top on our list of things to do was to see lighthouses. So we tried several tour boat companies all were booked full because of a cruise ship anchored at Bar Harbor and the government shut down closing the park to vehicle sight seeing. So we seen Acadia Air Tours offered a flight that offered a view of 5 lighthouses and scenery of Acadia National Park. We were first in line when the doors opened and were able to book a flight in the small enclosed plane. Note: you need a car or away to get from the office on the pier in Bar Harbor to the airport near Trenton about 20 minutes away. We were a little disappointed in the flight path, we did not circle the lighthouses just a quick fly by. Being that the plane was enclosed and the back seating cramped only the person with the lighthouse out their window got a view at all. Very rough flight too so our cheap camera had a hard time focusing for great pictures. Plus we flew at a surface height of air cruising not down low sightseeing. Pilot gave minimal narration on what we were seeing. Not a way to see lighthouses. On the plus side we saw more of Acadia National Park than most visitors with the government shut down and it was beautiful even with the fall colors past peak. Over all an average tour, try the bi-plane it may be better. At least you have the experience of flying in an open cockpit.

Visited October 2013
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Couderay, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience!”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

We recently spent an hour in a bi-plane with pilot Michael of Acadia Air Tours. We were very disappointed that we couldn't visit Acadia National Park up close and personal, but the government had shut it down. Michael showed us not only the park, but also the surrounding area. He answered all of our questions and gave us information that only a local person would know. We loved it all. The experience was the highlight of our trip to Maine!

Visited October 2013
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Boonville, Missouri
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“AWESOME ! Bi-Wing airplane charter tour. A must do !”
Reviewed 31 October 2013

My wife and I were on a cruise for our 20th anniversary and while I am very careful about making this statement around her I must say getting to fly the bi-plane was the highlight of my vacation. I never dreamed I would get to fly the entire 40 minute flight except for the take off and landing.
The Pilot was an excellent guide and swore he didn't touch the controls the entire time I was flying. PAY the extra to fly the plane yourself its WELL worth it.
We flew right out over our cruise ship, light towers, lobster fisherman, beautiful countryside and more. BEAUTIFUL !
The plane is an open cockpit 1935 WACO YMF-5. it was built in 1992. This is not a replica or a reproduction. They are still building these aircraft today. The only differences from the original specs is that they now use modern materials in the manufacture of the planes.
The "Cover Girl" name on the side is because N63WC was on the cover of AOPA (Airplane Owners and Pilots Association) magazine and was the feature story for the issue.
Everyone at Acadia Air Tours was very professional and courteous. BOOK IT TODAY !

Mark Mellor, Boonville, Missouri

Visited October 2013
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Endwell, New York
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Flight”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

Having never flown in an open cockpit, single engine plane before... this was a thrill. flew with my fiancee around the island while our Pilot narrated the sights for us.

This experience was great, i would do it again in a heart beat when we find ourselves back in the area.

Visited October 2013
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Snoopy, hang on!”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Great people, safe equipment and monstrous views. Definitely a highlight of our trip. We took the lighthouse trip, the perfect amount of "air" time.

Visited September 2013
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