207-801-9444 | Frenchman Bay Research Boating - a 501(3)(c) corporation

Ferry Services

BarHarborShoreAcadia National Park:
Affordable, Accessible, Awe-inspiring

Discover the raw beauty of Acadia National Park and Maine’s rugged coastline aboard the Schoodic Ferry. We connect passengers, their bicycles, and leashed pets between the Mount Desert Island and Schoodic Peninsula sections of Acadia National Park in an experience that may become the highlight of your vacation. Relax as you cruise between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor, unconcerned about traffic or parking during your 45-minute yellow boat ride. Encounter lobstermen hauling traps or greet a harbor porpoise surfing the waves, all while you learn about the intricate workings of Frenchman Bay from scientists.

ThunderHoleExploring Mount Desert Island & Bar Harbor

Upbeat and fast-paced, Mount Desert Island is by far the most visited section of Acadia National Park. It includes such timeless treasures as Cadillac Mountain, the tallest point on the eastern seaboard; Thunder Hole, a marine cave that “thunders” when wave action is high; Sand Beach, a rare flat expanse of oceanfront sand nestled between rugged granite cliffs; and the Jordan Pond House, famous for its delicious tea and popovers.

Summer home to some of America’s most famous and wealthy citizens during the Industrial Revolution, Bar Harbor teems with historic summer “cottages,” beautifully landscaped gardens and an abundance of easily accessible museums, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Take a stroll along the historic Shore Path, eat clam chowder and blueberry pie for lunch at one of the waterfront restaurants, or enjoy late-night laughs at Reel Pizza Cinema, the historic Criterion Theatre, or ImprovAcadia.

Exploring the Islands View at Acadia National Park Schoodic Peninsula &
Winter Harbor

Uncrowded and unspoiled, the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia is perfectly tailored to those who would like to leave the hustle and bustle of the outside world behind. Hike up Schoodic Head for remarkable views of Downeast Maine, cross the low-tide bar to Little Moose Island to search for seabirds and tidal pools, or bicycle around the many miles of trails while watching waves crash into Maine’s rugged coast. Stop and listen to the sounds of nature as you enjoy this remarkable oceanfront wilderness.

Unchanged much by time or passers-by, Winter Harbor is a fishing village with an active working waterfront community, several small shops, lots of local art and artists, and genuine Maine home cooking. Listen to fishermen swap stories while you eat lunch at a local restaurant, hear how an artist came up with the idea for a painting or a sculpture when you visit a gallery, or learn a little more about the values and humor of Downeast Mainers (aka Maine-iacs) as you meet friendly people on the docks and on the streets. Experience the timeless delight of a community where conversation is a well-practiced art and time is still more important than money.

Redefining the ferry experience

The Schoodic Ferry purposefully combines baseline environmental monitoring research directly into our passenger service – resulting in unique opportunities to observe, participate in, and interact with working scientists. We are excited to host international Protected Species Observer Clare Echlin aboard in June and July 2017. Clare has worked in Europe and Africa, and will be making her U.S. debut aboard the Schoodic Ferry, conducting twice daily marine mammal and pelagic bird visual surveys. In addition, marine scientist Sarah Markwood will return in August to continue her crustacean larval surveys, while in-house captain/scientist Kaitlyn Mullen will be developing and piloting the Schoodic Ferry’s new physical oceanographic surveys throughout the season.

 Wondering how you can participate?

Contact us at 207-801-9444 or email us at info@frenchmanbayresearchboating.org to ask about weekly scientific programs aboard!

Many of our scientific surveys actively encourage passenger participation, and nearly all are kid-friendly. In addition, in 2017 the Schoodic Ferry will be offering additional opportunities to learn about marine mammal identification, pelagic bird identification, commercial lobster fishing, bait fish ecology, geology, and more. Schedule your chance to join in today!

In addition, the Schoodic Ferry specializes in helping organizations like Acadia National Park create unique learning opportunities aboard. Interested in having your class, camp group, or University students aboard? Call us today to schedule your own scientific experience.

Looking for an efficient, reliable, and relaxing way to commute to work? Ask about the Schoodic Ferry’s special commuter schedules and pricing options.