Pets & Children



A child and parent holding hands walking by a visitor center.

The Junior Ranger program enlists children who promise to take care of National Parks and complete activity workbooks. To get a workbook, kids can stop by a visitor center or nature center.

Friends of Acadia runs Acadia Quest, a free program that promotes learning and exploration in the park. People form teams with their travel companions, download the app, track their activities in Acadia National Park, and share on social media for a chance to win prizes! NOTE: A park pass is required to participate!


The attractions below offer enjoyment for families, from young kids to adults.

    1. The Sieur de Monts Nature Center houses the Wild Gardens of Acadia, the Abbe Museum, and the Sieur de Monts Springs. A variety of hiking trails are accessible from the nature center.
    2. The Bass Harbor Head Light Station, located in Tremont, Maine, can be observed up close via a paved walkway or from a distance down a short trail with stairs.
    3. Sand Beach is one of the most popular attractions in Acadia National Park. The Island Explorer makes frequent stops at the beach. Here you will find access to bathrooms, changing rooms, and popular hiking trails, including Ocean Path, Beehive Trail, and Great Head Trail.


    1. Ocean Path, located near Seal Harbor, goes along the coastline showcasing classic Maine coastlines and picturesque scenery. The path passes by Thunder Hole and Sand Beach.
    2. Jesup Path begins just past the Wild Gardens of Acadia and travels through wetlands on a raised boardwalk. The boardwalk has several benches and educational signage along the way.
    3. Ship Harbor Nature Trail, located near Bass Harbor Lighthouse, offers a family-friendly hike through woodlands, rocky shorelines, and mud flats. It is accessible at low tide and has educational signage throughout the trail.
    4. Wonderland Trail, located near Winter Harbor, goes through a lovely forest before reaching the water. Tide pools are accessible at low tide.

NPS Activities for Children

The Wild Gardens of Acadia sign.

For more information on family-friendly attractions for the whole family, click on the links below.


General Rules for Dogs

    • - All park locations allow service animals to accompany their owners.
    • - Pets must remain leashed at all times.
    • - Owners must collect and dispose of waste in trash receptacles.
    • - Pets should never be left unattended.
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Acadia Bark Rangers

The Bark Ranger program aims to teach dog owners about park rules. Dog owners can pick up an activity card at the visitor center. Once completed, dogs can be sworn in as Bark Rangers and receive a collar tag.

Pet-Friendly Hikes

A man and his dog on a rock staring at the ocean.

Use the links below to learn more about pet-friendly activities.