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Land Bridge to Bar Island

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Address: 1 Bridge St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1425

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Must do on a trip to Mount Desert Island

Still a fairly unique experience these days to walk across the bottom of the ocean to an island, and outstanding for children. Beware, however, that it is tidal, which means its... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
David H
Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
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Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
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44 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Still a fairly unique experience these days to walk across the bottom of the ocean to an island, and outstanding for children. Beware, however, that it is tidal, which means its underwater twice a day. Locals watch for landlubbers who drive onto the bridge and place bets on whether they will be inundated or trapped.

1 Thank David H
Bar Harbor, Maine
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We actually drove our car out on to the land bridge, which was kind of cool. We didn't go all the way across to explore the island, as the tide was starting to come back in. A nice memory.

1 Thank Karl G
Moncton, Canada
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Low tide for us was in the evening which was perfect! It's a very popular spot so get there as soon as the tide is low. The kids really enjoyed looking for rocks and seashells. We made across to the island but I'm not sure if we would've had enough time to walk the trails on the island so we... More 

2 Thank Locksley44
Orange Park, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

This is a great walk. Make sure to check the tide chart before heading out. There are a lot of tide pools to find some sea animals. Also a great place to look for sea glass.

3 Thank tlburch51
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 December 2016

A very cool and unique walk to do! It was a good relaxing way to end a day hiking and gave us time to explore more of Bar Harbor.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Crossing the Land Bridge to Bar Island was a really fun bonus for staying in Bar Harbor. It's a big event and we were sure to check the tides and planned ahead to make sure we had plenty of time to cross and back. We were easily able to meander in the shallow water (there was a dry path as... More 

2 Thank LivetoTravel8888
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Check the tide times! There is usually about a two hour windows before and after low tide to walk across. It is a very cool thing to witness. We walked down to the entrance at high tide just to see and when we came back the water was gone! We walked across the sand bar to the little island and... More 

5 Thank lwaddell30
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

What a perfect way to explore right in the heart of town! The walk over to Bar Island takes maybe 15 minutes, then another 15-20 to the top. Absolutely the best way to spend a couple of hours in the middle of Bar Harbor. Just check the tide (with your hotel) and aim to be there an hour or two... More 

3 Thank LizardSC
Florence, Kentucky
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129 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

The tide drops so low you can walk to the next island. All the rocks along the bottom make it easy to walk. Did not have much time to spend on Bar Island due to time of day but did get to see the sunset from a different view point.

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131 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We were disappointed that we would not get to make the walk due to the fact that low tide coincided with our ship's departure time but we walked over to see and were pleasantly surprised that the land bridge was dry 2 hours before the low tide. It is a very nice walk on a gravelly surface with shells and... More 

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