Great Family Adventures: Summer Feet Cycling's 'Discover Acadia Tour'

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

    Photo: Courtesy of Summer Feet Cycling

HIGHLIGHTS: Get your family going during a six-day cycling trip in Maine. Summer Feet’s lively itinerary hits the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory (the tallest of its kind), explores Civil War-era Fort Knox, boards a lobster boat to learn how the crustaceans are harvested, and kayaks coastal inlets, where you’re likely to see bald eagles, seals, and a rich array of other wildlife. The main attraction, though, is cycling Acadia National Park’s car-free roads past its lakes, forests, and rocky coast. Other activities include a kids-only hike, a ferry ride across Frenchman Bay to visit unpopulated Schoodic Peninsula, raising the sails on an old-fashioned Penobscot Bay schooner, and climbing Cadillac Mountain—the first place in America to see the sunrise. This trip caters to families, so everything is designed for having young ones in tow.

OUTFITTER: Summer Feet Cycling, a 13-year-old tour operator specializing in showing people the state of Maine.

ITINERARY: Portland to Fort Knox, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Camden, Penobscot Bay, and back to Portland.

DATES: Departures July 14 and August 4.

PRICE: $2,595 per person, including five nights’ lodging at the Harborside Hotel, guidance, most meals, bike and kayak rentals, sailing costs, ferry transits, and the entrance fee for Acadia National Park.

INFO:, (866) 857-9544.

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