Visit in the Spring

Mount Desert Island wakes up in the spring and gets ready for all the coming visitors. Visiting in the spring is a great way to see the island in a beautiful state without lots of tourists around. Here is what you can do in the spring on MDI:


  • Go hiking. If you are looking for spots off the beaten path, we recommend ‘A Walk In The Park’ by local Tom St. Germain which many locals simply call ‘the book’. You can pick up a copy at Sherman’s, one of the oldest book stores in the country and right in downtown Bar Harbor.
  • See a movie at Reel Pizza. Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor is open year round. They not only show big budget films but also host small festivals, artistic movies, and foreign films.
  • Attend a festival. The Acadia Birding Festival and Taste of Bar Harbor happen in the spring.
  • Attend a ranger-led program. Acadia National Park has a variety of ranger led nature programs you can attend free. Visit their website for a full list of offerings.
  • Check out the Bar Harbor Farmers Market. Several local farmers markets happen weekly at different villages in the summer. The Bar Harbor one, happening Sunday mornings in the parking lot of the MDI YMCA, start in mid May.
  • Shop at a local business. Many of our local businesses are open in the fall. Visit a cafe, browse for books and antiques, find something new to wear, and more. (Most local chambers keep a list of businesses on their websites with their most up to date hours.)

MDI in the spring is a beautiful time of year. Most seasonal businesses open Memorial Day weekend but some open a few weeks earlier for spring visitors to enjoy.