One of the best ways to get to know a new city is to take a trolley tour and Bar Harbor, Maine is no exception. On a recent visit, we opted to take an orientation tour with Oli’s Trolley. You can book your tour in advance online or you can go to their physical location on West Street. Actually, there are two locations on West Street; you can purchase your ticket at either one. One is at 1 West St. and the other is 55 West St.
The Trolley will pick you up at 55 West St., arrive about 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin. There is seating available while you wait. Oli’s offers four different tours: Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park; Bar Harbor Tour and Mt. Desert Town Tour. The tours are all narrated and having taken two of them, I can attest to the fact that the narration is excellent.
This is a one hour tour that is offered four times daily from June through October. Cadillac Mountain is located within Acadia National Park and offers unparalleled views of the park and the island.
Acadia National Park
This is one of the longest tours offered. It is 2.5 hours and includes a drive up Cadillac Mountain. It is offered four times daily from May through October. We really enjoyed this tour in spite of the fact that it was foggy and we got no views at all from Cadillac Mountain. There were plenty of other areas of the park to appreciate.
Downtown Bar Harbor Tour
The tour lasts for half an hour and is offer seven times daily May through October. It provides lots of historic information and it is great for seeing the spots that you want to go back to enjoy at great length.
Town of Mt. Desert Tour
This is also a 2.5-hour tour and it is offered twice a day from June to October. It tours to some of the lesser visited parts of Acadia National Park and the small villages of the island. These villages are where the wealthy moved when Bar Harbor became too inclusive.
To verify the times and the prices, check out Oli’s Trolley’s website.