Acadia National Park is located on the Mount Desert Island in Maine. It is one of four National Park Service sites in the state of Maine. The park spans most of the island and a few of the smaller associated islands.  Acadia is the oldest national park in the U.S. east of the Mississippi.  The park is home to mountains, woodlands, lakes, and ocean shorelines.  The park is one of the first places in the United States to see the sunrise and has one of the best sunrise spots on the summit of Cadillac Mountain.  Much of the park’s early infrastructure was built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Acadia National Park Profile

Region Northeast Region
Park Size 52,485.17 acres (82.00 sq miles) (212.40 sq km)

About the size of Pine Island, Florida

Elevation Highest point: 1,530 feet (470 m) at  the summit of Cadillac Mountain
Lowest point: 0 feet (0 m) at the Atlantic Ocean
Location Hancock and Knox counties
Nearby Cities Bar Harbor
Founding Date  Sieur de Monts National Monument – July 8, 1916

Lafayette National Park – February 26, 1919

Acadia National Park  – January 19, 1929

Visitor 2,000 (in 2017) 
Busy Season May to September
Visitor Centers Rockefeller Welcome Center – Open Year Around

Hulls Cove Visitor Center – April to October

Islesford Historical Museum – June to September

Sieur de Monts Nature Center – May to October

Thompson Island Information Center – May to October

Village Green Information Center – May to October

Park Hours Open 365 days (24 hours a day)
Entrance Fees (Valid for seven days) 7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $30

7-day Motorcycle Pass – $25

7-day Individual Pass – $7

Annual Pass Acadia National Park Pass – $55

American the Beautiful Pass – $80

Pets Yes but best left at home. If bringing, please review the Acadia Pet Policy
Acadia National Park Climate 
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Average high in °F: 29 31 38 50 61 71
Average low in °F: 10 13 20 31 40 49
Av. precipitation in inch: 4.91 4.52 5.39 4.78 4.64 4.12
Av. Snowfall in inch: 17 16.8 15.5 4.7 0 0
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high in °F: 76 75 67 55 45 34
Average low in °F: 55 55 48 38 29 17
Av. precipitation in inch: 3.5 3.31 4.45 5.31 6.47 5.49
Av. Snowfall in inch: 0 0 0 0.2 3 14.6


Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (less than a 4-hour drive):

  • Roosevelt Campobello International Park
  • Saint Croix Island International Historic Site
  • Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  • Lowell National Historic Park
  • Minute Man National Historical Park
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (less than an 8 hour drive):

  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
  • Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site
  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
  • Boston African American National Historic Site
  • Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
  • Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
  • Tourp Synagogue National Historic Site
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site
  • St Paul’s Church National Historic Site
  • Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
  • Boston National Historical Park
  • Saratoga National Historical Park
  • Adams National Historical Park
  • New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
  • Roger Williams National Memorial
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

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Jennifer is a long time national park blogger and the founder of National Park Obsessed. She is a dedicated National Park lover who is working on visiting all 62 US National Parks. She has currently been to 53 of the National Parks. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of the Parks with others and helping them learn to love the parks as much as she does.

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