Discover even more of the raw beauty of Acadia National Park and Maine’s rugged coastline aboard the Schoodic Ferry. The Schoodic Ferry connects passengers, their bicycles, and leashed pets to Mount Desert Island and the 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 40-minute ferry ride. Encounter a lobsterman hauling traps, greet a harbor porpoise surfing the waves, assist a working scientist in discovering more about the health of Frenchman Bay, or simply enjoy another new adventure in Acadia.
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.
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.
Our local crew
Let the Schoodic Ferry introduce you to the undiscovered Acadia! Aboard the Schoodic Ferry, our local, experienced crew relishes the opportunity to transport commuters, visitors, bicycles and pets across Frenchman Bay. Our vessel, the former Holiday Diver, was recently brought to Mount Desert Island by our crew on April 29, 2016, and is currently getting repaired, repainted, and generally refurbished for your comfort. Check back periodically for updates on our Schoodic Ferry progress.