Five For Friday - Some Highlights From Acadia National Park




Hello there!  Thanks for checking in today!  I'm back from my vacation in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park!  I'm excited to link-up with Doodle Bugs for:

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We arrived at our hotel last Saturday and headed into Bar Harbor.  There's a great bus system up there that helps visitors travel between destinations.  Bar Harbor is very quaint and filled with fun stores, restaurants and ice cream stores.  We found a boat tour to see puffins and whales so we booked that right away.  It was really difficult to see the puffins, but we did see some whales:


My son, Andrew, managed to take this great picture of two flukes!


Inside Acadia, there are endless hiking opportunities.  If you like to walk, you'll LOVE this place.  On one hike, we went around Jordan Pond:

That's my son, Derek, on the rocks.

The map gave the distance around this lake as three miles.  Well, it was a challenging two hour hike.  We were all exhausted and starving by the end.  Luckily, there's a restaurant in Acadia called the Jordan Pond House that serves lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.  We had a delicious lunch right on the lawn.  The best part = their specialty is popovers.  Click here to read more about this amazing place!



Also, in Acadia, there is a Native American museum.  Check out this awesome wetu:



In addition to the museum in the park, there is a larger and more extensive museum in Bar Harbor.



One night we ate dinner at the Jordan Pond House.  Then we drove up Cadillac Mountain to see the sunset:


At the top of Cadillac Mountain, you can see the ocean and the forests and lakes in Acadia.  It is an amazing view!


Near the Native American Museum, there is a Wild Garden:


The garden highlights different ecosystems and the plants that would live in each one.  The most exciting part for me was seeing pitcher plants growing outside.  How cool is that! 

There is so much more I can tell you about Acadia because there is so much to do there.  Some people return year after year.  Since this year is the 100th anniversary of our National Parks, people were there from all over the world.  If you want to learn more about this beautiful place, click here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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