Shore Excursion Details

The Beauty of Little Cranberry Island

Bar Harbor, Maine

The Beauty of Little Cranberry Island


  • 4
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Family Recommended
  • Limited Accessibility

Cruise to the charming hamlet of Islesford on Little Cranberry Island, a naturally beautiful spot where fishing and lobstering have been a way of life for generations.

After departing from the pier, you will drive through the gorgeous Acadia National Park to Northeast Harbor, whose name belies the fact that it’s located toward the southern end of Mount Desert Island. Here, you will board a covered, but open-air boat and cruise to Little Cranberry Island.

Along the way, you will pass the scenic lighthouse built in 1839 atop Bear Island and nearly uninhabited Sutton Island, which only has 20 homes. Your destination of Little Cranberry Island is part of the same chain of islands, although it boasts a harbor town: Islesford.

As you might imagine, life here is relaxed, informal and revolves around the sea. Sailboats and lobster boats are common sights in the harbor. Although a small community, Islesford is remarkably artistic. There are several noteworthy galleries and artists are often seen sketching and painting along the rocky shoreline.

You will gain a greater understanding of island life at the Islesford Historical Museum, a landmark building that opened in 1927. The exhibits celebrate the men and women that have fished the waters off Little Cranberry Island for generations. Models of ships, seafaring tools and historical photos of lobster fishing are among the most enlightening items.

After browsing the museum, you may stroll about on you own before retracing your route back to the pier in Bar Harbor.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layered clothing (weather can be unpredictable); an umbrella; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Cancellations made with 48 hours of the tour’s commencement are subject to a 100% cancellation penalty.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Historical Landmarks

Activity Level:

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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