- The list below includes 80 free or cheap things to do in or near Southwest Harbor, Maine, including 56 different types of inexpensive activities like Hiking Trails, Specialty Museums, Gardens and Food Shops.
- From Beech Cliff Loop to Perpendicular Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Southwest Harbor and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Bar Harbor, Deer Isle, Ellsworth and Castine.
Led by a local park expert, the Oli's Trolley Acadia Park Tour allows visitors to tour the national park by trolley. During the tours, narrators describe landmarks and local history while visitors enjoy the scenic views that surround the park.
Featuring a mix of humor and fast-moving illusions, the Moscow Magic & Comedy Show runs throughout the summer season. Starring comic magician Victor Zenko, the show is housed in a small theater so advanced reservations are recommended.
Visitors to the Hull Visitors Center can learn more about the Arcadia National Park and Bar Harbor. The center offers audiovisual programs, self-guided CD tours, schedules to other park and Bar Harbor activities, and ranger led programs.
Spanning over 47,000 acres, Acadia National Park encompasses various islands and offers scenic views of mountains, waterfronts, and woodlands. Over 40 different species of mammalian wildlife and a wide variety of plants are found here.
Visitors can enjoy 20 minute brewery tours followed by 15 minute tastings with Atlantic Brewing Company. The brewery also houses Mainly Meat BBQ which features 12 draft lines and 2 of the lines are sodas for those under 21.