Welcome to Southwest Harbor, home to Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island and the wonders of the beautiful Maine coast. Rated among the top National Parks and an important “don’t miss” experience, the time you spend exploring Acadia, less than five minutes from Pier One Vacation Rentals, will be one of your best lifetime memories, we’re sure. We have selected some of our top Acadia Park activities and things to do in Southwest Harbor to help make the most of your stay.


Experience Acadia’s maritime history aboard the lobster boat of the 1800’s. At Downeast Friendship Sloop Charters you can choose from private charters, day sails, sunset sails, or even lobster boat cruises. Discover lighthouses, eagles, seals, porpoise, and the islands of Acadia.

Couple enjoying kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Any day on the water is a great time! While you’re staying in Southwest Harbor Maine, you’ll definitely want to enjoy the protected waters of Long Pond, Echo Lake, Seal Cove Pond, or Bass Harbor Marsh. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, try the open waters of Southwest Harbor, Somes Sound, and beyond. A wide array of rental boats are available at nearby shops and guide services are offered. We have a mooring available for rent and dock space available for a dinghy.

family biking trough a forest


The carriage paths in Acadia National Park provide over 40 miles of auto-free cycling. Originally built for horse drawn carriages, these paths have gentle grades with wide, crushed stone lanes, and are the ideal way to view the park. The ambitious cyclist will find challenge and reward by taking a ride on the 20-mile Park Loop road. The spectacular scenery is not to be missed. Stop by Southwest Cycle for personalized service.

couple golfing in Maine

Golf & Tennis

Attention golfers! Some of New England’s most picturesque courses are just minutes away. Test your golfing skills at Causeway Club or Kebo Valley Club – one of the oldest golf grounds in America… here since 1892!

Many tennis courts are available all season, so bring your racquets and can of balls to enjoy a match or two.

couple birdwatching at Maine lake

Nature Tours

Welcome to Down East Nature Tours, the leader in birding adventures in and around Acadia. Michael J. Good, MS has been offering personalized bird watching and nature tours since 1993, for individuals, couples, families and small groups. Michael helps you discover the flora and fauna of Mt. Desert Island and Down East and northern Maine with a special emphasis on native and migratory birds such as Bald Eagles, Osprey, Peregrine Falcons, Shorebirds, Warblers, Flycatchers and more. Tours can be custom tailored to suit individual interests.

Woman enjoying a museum


Though Maine is like one big nature museum, there are several treasured places we love to visit now and again.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum in Mount Desert Island, celebrates the love of America’s historic auto industry.

The Wendell Gilley Museum celebrates nature and art. Here you can not only view wonderful exhibits, but you can make it an experience with their Learn & Do events.

hiking in Acadia National Park

Other Area Activites & Information

There are so many things to do in Southwest Harbor, ME, we can’t list them all! But here are a few more of our favorite places to visit, businesses to work with, and sites with more detailed information to help you plan your stay near Acadia National Park.