The Best Time to Visit Acadia National Park: Complete Guide 

One of the first things you need to decide when planning a trip to Acadia National Park is when to go. Which begs the question: When is the best time to go to Acadia National Park? 

The answer may vary depending on your interests, preference for weather, and tolerance for crowds.

I’m James and I’m a national park expert. In this article, I’ll give you a quick summary of the best times to visit Acadia National Park so you can make the right decision.

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Acadia National Park is technically open all year (though not all the roads are), so you can visit any time, but each season and month has its pros and cons.  

While this is my choice for the best time to go to Acadia National Park, the park is great throughout the year.  I have also provided a detailed breakdown by season and every month so you can easily see what to expect and then make your own choice.

Acadia: Best Time to Visit In a Nutshell

People in the side of the beach of the blue ocean and behind are trees no Sand Beach in Acadia National Park

The best time to visit Acadia National Park is early summer, early fall and late fall.    

  • Early June to mid-June: The spring mud season is over and the summer crowds have not yet descended.
  • Early September to mid-September: The summer crowds have left and the weather is still warm. 
  • Mid-October to early November: Fall foliage at its finest.

However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t cons to these times – and that other times of the year might suit you more.

When is the best time of year to go to Acadia National Park? (for different interests)

Aerial view of an ocean, islands, and mountains filled with trees from the huge stone in Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park.

The best temperatures

The temperatures in July and August are ideal for hiking and water activities. 

The best time to avoid the crowds when everything is still open 

By September, the summer crowds have gone but facilities are still open.   

The best time to travel in summer 

If you have to travel in summer, try to go in June before the really heavy crowds arrive. 

The best time to see fall colors in Acadia National Park 

Of course, this can vary from year to year, but in general the 3rd week of October has the best fall color. 

The best time to travel on a budget

Prices tend to be lower in Mid-late May, September, and November.  

The best time to have a winter adventure in Acadia National Park 

December – March are the best times to experience winter in Acadia. 

The worst time to visit Acadia National Park 

I personally avoid going in April and May when the trails are muddy.

NOTE: Check my detailed breakdown of what to expect every month in the year for much more detailed information.

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No matter when is the best time to see Acadia National Park, you should definitely get travel insurance.  This can protect you not only against medical and emergency repatriation, but can also cover things like trip cancellation, loss and/ or theft of property, etc. 

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Enjoy Acadia National Park whenever you go!

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About the Author

James Ian Yosemite

James Ian is a national park, camping and hiking expert.

He has dedicated his life to travel, visiting more than 80 countries, all 7 continents and most of the national parks in the United States. With over 35 years experience in the travel industry, James has worked on cruise ships, at resorts and hotels, and as a travel planner who’s helped hundreds of people plan successful trips to US national parks. 

Based on his experience visiting our national parks multiple times, in-depth research and expertise as a travel planner, James has published detailed itineraries for most of the major national parks in the US. These itineraries, as well as in-depth park guides, comprehensive camping and hiking gear reviews and buying guides, and helpful packing lists and gift guides will help you have your own incredible trip to US national parks without stress and hassle.

As a national park expert, James has contributed to many publications, including USA Today, Time Business News, Savoteur, Best Trip, and Wired.

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