Play, Exploration & Learning at Acadia

Acadia National Park is a great place to let your child’s imagination run wild. Choose from thousands of outdoor adventures that meet your family’s interests.

In Acadia, young visitors are free to play in moss-filled forests next to ocean waves crashing on pink granite ledges. They breathe in the bright scent of balsam fir mixed with salt air while peeking under handfuls of rockweed at low tide to find tiny sea stars and periwinkle snails.

Take a bike ride on the historic carriage roads in the morning and swim in a cool pond that afternoon. Visit with the Wabanaki people at a cultural demonstration on Cadillac Mountain or take a ferry ride to Little Cranberry Island to discover stories of the fishermen. Attend an educational workshop with a park ranger or embark on an adventure quest using the Acadia Quest app to organize your adventure and learning.

Whichever adventure you choose, Acadia National Park is a place where your family can have fun, learn, and explore, while creating memories that last a lifetime.

Acadia Quest

A series of outdoor experiences in Acadia National Park that encourage youth to explore, learn and protect national parks and other conserved lands and waters.

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Acadia Ranger Programs

Ranger-guided programs provide the opportunity for visitors to learn more about the natural and cultural wonders of Acadia National Park directly from an expert.

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How You Can Help

If you have children of any age in your life, make a commitment to spend time with them in nature on a regular basis. The best way to get kids to play outside is to play outside with them!