Month: August 2010

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A- Overview:
Although Cape Cod is known as a summer paradise, increasingly people are visiting during the “off” season to enjoy its peace and tranquility. The sea is an integral part of everything Cape Codders do, and celebrations take place throughout the year. There are only two bridges to access the Cape, which sets the tone for a holiday on the Cape. Vacationers, from the outset, have the opportunity to slow down and go with the local pace. The fresh salty air, quaint villages, picturesque harbors, unspoiled woods and marshes make it easy to unwind.

The Cape is divided into three regions: Upper Cape (Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee), Mid-Cape (Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis) and Lower Cape (Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown). All of the 15 Cape towns are part of the County of Barnstable, established in 1685, making it one of the nation’s oldest counties. It contains more lighthouses than any other county in America.

In the past, generations relied on whaling, fishing, shipbuilding, salt-making and cranberry cultivation. Today, tourism is the top industry. During the summer tourist season, the Cape’s population of 200,000 more than triples in size. For example, the Town of Dennis, with a year-round population of 14,000, swells to 60,000 in the summer.

The climate is interesting and varied on Cape Cod. One side of the Cape may be enjoying a gorgeous sunny day, while only a half-hour away the clouds have rolled in over the beach. Overall, the temperature on the Cape is moderate in all seasons.

You can choose to arrive in Cape Cod by car, bus, boat or plane. Each method offers the visitor a wonderful first impression. Once you’ve arrived, the most convenient way to get around is by car but be prepared for bridge crossing delays and weekend traffic during the summer. Take the moment to enjoy the sights!

There are plenty of activities on the Cape for the entire family to enjoy. This beautiful setting for sailing, hiking, golfing, biking and, of course, beach activities, will provide endless hours of recreation for everyone. The strong maritime heritage and historical charm of the Cape create an ambiance of delight and relaxation that will bring you back year after year.

B- City Information:
Upper Cape:

Cape Cod Glass Works
845 Sandwich Rd, Sagamore, MA
508-888-9262
Watching the artisans creating glass is sure to entertain the entire family. Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Yesteryear’s Doll Museum
Main and River, Sandwich, MA
508-888-1711
The museum has a collection of dolls, doll houses and toys from around the world. Open from mid-May to mid-October

Nobska Light
Nobska Rd, Woods Hole, MA
This lighthouse was erected in 1876 and provides spectacular view of Vineyard Sound.

Dexter Grist Mill and Hoxie House
Town Hall Square, Sandwich, MA
508-888-4910
Authentic mid-17th century mill built to grind corn. Take the tour of the mill and then see how the pilgrims really lived – no electricity, plumbing and heat. Ah, the simple life. Open daily the summer

Heritage Plantation
Grove and Pine Streets, Sandwich, MA
(508) 888-3300
76 acres of beautifully maintained grounds feature an antique car collection, a military museum, a folk art museum and a 1912 restored carousel. Open May through mid-October

Mid Cape:

Water Safari
Waterfront Park Rt. 28, West Dennis
508-362-555
Take a river cruise down the Bass River, Grand Cove and Weir Creek on a custom built flat bottom boat. You’ll see all types of wildlife, beautiful waterfront estates, lighthouses and windmills. Group rates available. Call for more information.

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises
Barnstable Harbor
800-287-0374
The 110-foot vessel seats about 300 people and cruises at 35 mph. Travel across Cape Cod Bay to the Stellwagen Bank area. Naturalists provide the commentary. Whales usually spotted within an hour upon departure.

Eventide
165 Ocean St Dock, Hyannis, MA
508-775-0222
This Cape Cod catboat travels daily out of the Hyannis Harbor. Choose either the harbor cruise, starlight cruise or nature cruise. View the Kennedy compound and local lighthouses.

Cape Cod Scenic Railroad
252 Main Street, Hyannis, MA
508-771-3788
For those who love trains and wish to see the less frequented areas of the Cape, come aboard. Narrated tour.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
397 Main Street, Hyannis, MA
508-790-3077
Children free
This museum focuses on the years JFK spend on Cape Cod. Photos and a narrated video are some of the features.

Lower Cape:

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Rt 6A, Brewster, MA
800-479-3867
The museum offers four-hour bird-watching trips to North Monomoy Island. The museum also offers overnight cruises to the island. Guest sleep in the Keeper’s Cottage attached to an 1820 lighthouse. Other excursions available so call for more information.

Outermost Harbor Marine
83 Seagull Rd, Chatham
508-945-2030
Seal cruises and shuttles to South Beach.

Schooner Hindu
MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown, MA
508-487-0659
A replica of the seaworthy schooners that sailed during the 19th and 20th century, the Hindu offers four two-hour sails a day during the summer.

Cape Cod Flying Circus
Chatham Municipal Airport
204 George Ryder Rd, Chatham
508-945-2363
Take a 20-minute flight that includes loops, rolls and acrobatics. Or take a more sedate trip sightseeing along the coastline.

Rambling Rose Carriage Company
Commercial Street at Town Hall, Provincetown, MA
508-487-6584
Enjoy a horse and buggy ride through the quaint town of Provincetown.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Upper Cape:

Cape Cod Children’s Museum
(508) 539-8788
577 Great Neck Road
South Mashpee, MA 02649
10a.m. – 5p.m. M-Sat
12 p.m. – 5p.m. Sun
Come explore the 30′ Pirate Ship, submarine, dress-up castle and indoor sandboxes. This is a great place to take the family rain or shine.

Adventure Isle
(508) 759-2636 or (800) 535-2787
343 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne, MA
Open mid-March through Columbus Day
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. summer
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. fall
Minigolf, driving range, bumper boats, go-cart track, batting cages, video arcade, 25′ super slide, rides.

Sandwich Minigolf
508-833-1905
159 Rt. 6A, Sandwich, MA
27-hole course built on former cranberry bog and designed to look like a miniature Cape Cod. Also features the world’s only floating green. Open mid-May through mid-September

Animal Friends Summer Camp
508-563-6116
97 Megansett Rd, Cataumet, MA
Day camp gives kids ages 6 – 13 chance to be around all types animals. Campers learn about animal care, farm life, ocean ecology, nature exploration and crafts. For detailed information (617) 426-9170 X119.

Camp Lyndon Cape Cod YMCA
508-362-6500
Stowe Rd, South Sandwich, MA
Open during the summer
Day camp for boys and girls ages 3-15. Archery, games, sports, sailing, boating, arts and crafts, and horseback riding.

Cape Cod Canal Cruises
508-295-3883
Onset Harbor, Wareham, MA
Two hour cruise.
Cruise 7 miles along Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod Canal. Offers sunset, Sunday Jazz and evening trips.

Mid-Cape:

Water Wizz of Cape Cod Inc.
(508) 295-3255
3031 Cranberry Highway, E. Wareham, MA 02538
Open during the summer
Water theme park.

ZooQuarium
508-775-8883
674 Rte 28, W. Yarmouth, MA 02563
Open daily mid-February to late November9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. summer
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. off-season
Half zoo and half aquarium where you can catch a sea lion show and hand feed the llamas, sheep and other animals corn!

Cape Cod Discovery Museum
(508) 398-1600
444 Main Street, Dennisport, MA 02639
9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. summer
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. off-season
Non-profit hands on children’s museum offers variety if interactive exhibits. Educational work shops daily, birthday parties.

Cape Cod Storyland Mini-Golf
(508) 778-4339
68 Centre St., Hyannis, MA 02601
Open mid-April through October
Golf course designed as a mini-version of Cape Cod. Bumper boats.

YMCA Camp 132
508-362-6500
2245 Rt. 132, Barnstable MA
Offers weeklong summer day program. Ages 5-12.

Lower Cape:

Bassett Wild Animal Farm, Inc
508-896-3224
620 Tubman Rd., Brewster, MA 02631
Exotic animals: tigers, lions, zebras, llamas and monkeys as well as domestic animals. Pony rides & hay rides. Snack Bar, gift shop & picnic area.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
800-479-3867
867 Route 6A, Brewster, MA
Very family oriented and child-friendly. The museum offers a variety of exhibits, hands-on activities, walking trails and outdoor demonstrations that will entertain you for hours. Call for hours of operation.

Portuguese Princess
MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown, MA
800-442-3188
Take the family whale watching on one of the two 100-foot vessels. Hands on activities for children and adults. The morning trip is ideal for families with small children.

New England Fire & History Museum
508-896-5711

1429 Rt. 6A, Brewster, MA
Fire trucks and a fireboat for the kids to explore.

Railroad Museum
153 Depot Rd, Chatham, MA
Admission free
Open June – September
Old railroad cars, cabooses, models and photos.

Bar Harbor, Maine

A- Overview:
The summer holiday home of the rich and famous and the playground of the wealthy at the turn of the 20th century, this is a place that is unique among the thousands of island communities lining the Maine coast. Nestled among the mountains, forests, and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean is the picturesque village of Bar Harbor. The masts of fishing boats tilt rhythmically back and forth as the waves lap against the rocky shore.

When the first Europeans settled the eastern side of Mount Desert Island, they named their town Eden. This was in honor of an English statesman, Sir Richard Eden. The name they chose proved to be well-suited. Even after the name was changed to Bar Harbor in 1918, the air of paradise remained.

Mount Desert Island is blessed with a unique ecology that makes it a garden of plenty. The early settlers discovered that while the soil was poor, the sea was rich, both in food and opportunity. The thin, rocky earth provided perfect conditions for the trees that were used to build ships. Seafarers also worked the frigid waters of Maine, harvesting the wealth of the sea.

In the 1840’s the sea brought two visitors who inadvertently redirected the energies of Bar Harbor. The two were the Hudson River Valley School artist, Thomas Cole and artist Frederic Church. Their artistic renderings of the sea, the forests and the majestic mountains aroused the interest of wealthy patrons in viewing first hand the locale in which these magnificent works of art originated. Suddenly, Eden was filled with visitors from around the world.

The majestic mountains of Acadia Park, the lovely lakes, the forests, the brooks, with shady pools in which the trout love to hide; the streams leaping from rock to rock in their headlong course to the sea: in every direction there were wonderful and inspiring sights to behold. wealthy families poured in, built mansions, and settled in them with their staffs of servants during each summer season.

No longer the exclusive realm of the wealthy, Bar Harbor is now a place in which people settle and raise their families as well as a favorite summer vacation destination. Bar Harbor is a place where lobstermen ply their trade; and it is also a cultural and educational center. You can breakfast with lobstermen, explore the trails and mountains of Acadia National Park, and round out the day by dining on the catch of that morning’s companions as you listen to a jazz trio or a string quartet. A day in Bar Harbor is never boring!

For the adventurous, Bar Harbor makes the perfect base camp. Surrounded on three sides by Acadia National Park and on the fourth by the Atlantic Ocean, Bar Harbor has outfitters, guides, mariners, suppliers, and instructors whose daily work is centered upon helping residents and visitors make the most of the opportunities the incredible environment offers. Acadia maintains fifty five miles of carriage roads for walking, riding, biking, and skiing, and over one hundred miles of trails for hikers. The lakes, rivers, and oceans provide unlimited possibilities for those interested in boats, kayaks, and canoes.

The combination of the sea breeze and mountain air is revitalizing and invigorating. Some days are full of activity; while others can be spent enjoying a late breakfast, a relaxed stroll, some time browsing through stores, and later, dining at leisure. The pace of life in Maine reflects a time, when not everything had to be done “yesterday, ” and every season is beautiful.

Downtown Bar Harbor has four major streets, and an assortment of side streets, alleys, squares, and places running between them. The first street from Route 3, West Street, showcases some of the fine mansions that made Bar Harbor the queen of the east coast at the turn of the century. Some remain private homes, while others have become elegant, inns. At the foot of West Street is the working waterfront, where fishing boats, schooners, yachts, excursion boats, and even cruise ship tenders bustle with their cargoes of seafood and passengers.

It also marks the beginning of the Shore Path, which leads to the front lawns of some of Bar Harbor’s biggest “cottages”, Up the hill from the town pier, lies Main Street with its stores, restaurants, and green spaces to sit and reflect.

The first major intersection on Main Street is with Cottage Street, where there are bikes, canoes, kayaks, and skis for rent. Also available are guided trips on the water or into the mountains. This is the spot to sign up for a whale watching excursion and to look over all the latest in sporting equipment.

A trail of restaurants extends down the side streets toward the Village Green. In the summer the Green is the venue for biweekly concert series, art shows, and other cultural events. On the other side of the green lies Mount Desert Street, a national historic district filled with beautiful echoing the early days of the discovery of Bar Harbor’s natural wonders by the wealthy. Many of these homes now serve as luxurious inns. There is also an impressive trio of churches: Saint Saviour’s with its stained glass windows, the Congregational with its classic New England lines, and Holy Redeemer with it’s imposing stone architecture.

Outside of town, Main Street becomes Route 3 . Its side roads lead to the shore or up into the hills, passing beneath sheer mountain walls of bare granite and beside beaver ponds and birch stands.

The waters around Mount Desert Island, offer magnificent scenery and some of the best sailing in the world. There are excellent private and public golf courses; hundreds of clear-water rivers and lakes producing trout and salmon. There is excellent hunting for deer, moose, bear, and wild turkey. There are the mountains, islands, and trails of Acadia National Park. With seventeen mountains and four lakes, Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are magnets that draw thousands every year. The Park and its 120 miles of hiking trails, views from Cadillac Mountain, and the roar of Thunder Hole provide visitors with memory-filled vacations. Artists flock to photograph or paint the landscape. Bar Harbor’s neighbors, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor, attract visitors by land and by water.

The term “Down East” comes from the days when schooners were used to carry cargo along the coast. The prevailing winds here blow from the southwest, pushing sailing vessels downwind, to the eastward. Down East/ Bar Harbor is a source of treasure for all ages. Children love the downtown area where they can play in the parks, buy ice cream, and watch the activity on the waterfront. There are art galleries and museums including the Abbe Museum, where you’ll find native American artifacts. The July and August music festivals are outstanding.. Whale-watching cruises depart daily, and Maine seafood is freshly prepared at many restaurants. The new high speed ferry, The Cat, travels daily to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and back.

The only problem with a vacation in Bar Harbor at any time of the year, is that it is so hard to leave. Many visitors have extended the time of their stay well beyond the intended “two weeks in August” and remain longer each year, well into the season of colorful Fall foliage and even beyond.

B- City Information:
Population:
4,700 permanent residents: many more in summer.

Elevation:
240 feet

Location:
Bar Harbor lies at the entrance to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, the largest rock-based island on the Atlantic coast. Bar Harbor is positioned 44.38 degrees north of the equator and 68.21 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Area:
45 square miles.

Time Zone:
Eastern Standard Time. Daylight savings time is observed from April-October.

Average Temperatures (in Fahrenheit):
High Low
January – March 40 15
April – June 71 54
July – September 76 52
October – December 57 21

National Holidays:
New Year’s Day – Jan. 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Day – 3rd Mon. in Jan.
President’s Day – 3rd Mon. in Feb.
Memorial Day – last Mon. in May
Independence Day – July 4
Labor Day – 1st Mon. in Sept.
Thanksgiving Day – 4th Thurs. in Nov.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – Dec. 24 and 25
New Year’s Eve – Dec. 31

Getting there:

By Air:
Bar Harbor is serviced by a local airport, the Hancock County Airport, located just 12 miles from the village, and by Bangor International Airport, 50 miles away.

Bus Service:
During the summer months, Bar Harbor is serviced by Greyhound/Vermont Transit from Boston. Year-round, there is local bus transportation from Bar Harbor to Ellsworth (Concord Trailways) and a shuttle from the Bangor Airport. Since schedules vary, it is best to check with the bus line.

Driving to Bar Harbor, Maine:
Bar Harbor is easily accessible by car. From Boston (268 miles) – follow Interstate 95 through to Bangor (exit 45-A – 395), then on Rt.1A to Ellsworth, and follow Rt.3 to Bar Harbor. Another route would be to take I-95 to Augusta, take Route 3 to Belfast over to Route 1 to Ellsworth, then back to Route 3 into Bar Harbor.

By Boat:
Since Bar Harbor is an island and a popular place for both sailing and power boating, there are many suitable moorings. You should check with the Harbormaster’s Office at 207-288-5571. You can also take the “The Cat” (Bay Ferries Limited) from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Bar Harbor.

Telephones:
The country code for the United States is 1. The area code for Bar Harbor is 207. All U.S. telephone numbers consist of 10 digits; the three-digit area code, followed by a seven-digit local number. If you’re calling a number from another area-code region, dial “1” then all 10 digits. For calls within the same local calling area, just dial the seven-digit number. A map of U.S. area codes is printed in the front of most local telephone directories.

Directory & Operator Information:
For assistance from an operator, dial “0”. To find out a telephone number within the same area code you’re calling from, dial 411; in a few places it is necessary to dial 555-1212. If you want to charge a long-distance call to the person you’re calling, call collect by dialing “0” instead of “1” before the 10-digit number, and an operator will come on the line to assist you the party you’re calling, however, has the right to refuse the call.

International Calls:
International calls can be direct-dialed from most phones; dial 011, followed by the country code and then the local number the front pages of many local telephone directories include a list of overseas country codes. To have an operator assist you, dial “0” and ask for the overseas operator. The country code for Australia is 61; New Zealand, 64; and the United Kingdom, 44. To reach Canada, dial 1 + area code + number.

Tipping:
At restaurants, a 15% tip is standard for waiters.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:

Instruction and Tours

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School
288-8186
198 Main St. , Bar Harbor.
Daily 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. in season.
Avail. off-season. 207-866-7562
Full service climbing shop.
Professional climbing instruction & guiding for all levels in Acadia for half, full & multiple days. Instructors blend years of climbing experience with guide education to provide comprehensive instruction tailored to individuals, family, and small groups. AMGA accredited climbing school employing Maine’s only certified guides.

Atlantic Climbing School
207-288-2521 Open daily – May to October.
PO Box 6003, 24 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Learn to rock climb on the spectacular granite sea cliffs of Acadia National Park. Climbing since 1974. Safe, professional instruction for anyone from complete beginners to advanced climbers of any age or fitness level. Courses are small, personalized and tailored to suit each client. All equipment is provided. Individuals, families and groups welcome.

Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop
207-288-0342
During season we’re open daily 8am-8pm. Open March – December.
141 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Rentals, sales and repairs. Reasonable mountain bike and road bike rentals starting for 1/2 day and full day; multi-day rates are also available. Helmets, locks, maps and child seats are included.

Down East Nature Tours
207-288-8128
P.O. Box 521, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Personalized nature tours for individuals, couples, families and small groups. Bicycle, hiking and cross-country ski tours; 1/2 day & full day, camping and more. We help you discover the flora and fauna of Mt. Desert Island and Down East Maine with special emphasis on native birds. Bald Eagles, Osprey, Shore-birds, Warblers. A truly unique and enjoyable learning experience.

Kebo Valley Golf Club
207-288-3000
Public welcome. Spring, Summer, Fall. Open Daily.
100 Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
For over 100 years members and visitors have been attracted to the challenges of the finest 18 holes of championship golf in Maine. Rich in tradition, each hole has been carved into the mountains creating spectacular scenery. Our expert PGA staff is always ready to make your day a memorable occasion. Fully modern clubhouse for banquets & lunch on the deck.

Kind Cycle
207-288-0444
108 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Quadracycles and mopeds. Quadracycles are 4-wheel cycles. They’re a safe and comfortable way to ride the carriage roads of Acadia Nat’l Park. We offer delivery to a Carriage Road Entrance. We have 2-Seat, Single Seat, Kids Quads, trailers and infant seats. We offer hourly, half-day and whole-day rentals. Perfect for everyone, regardless of skill level! We now offer mopeds and scooters. Reservations suggested.

Acadia & Island Tours Oli’s Trolley
207-288-9899
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Tickets at 1 West Street, Harbor Place Building. Next to Town Pier, Acadia Rest., 62 Main St. or aboard the trolley
Tour Daily, May thru October, 10 & 11:30 a.m., 2 & 3:30 p.m.
It looks like a trolley; but it is a modern, comfortable luxury bus. Climb aboard, and take an historical tour of days gone by. Catch a glimpse of the cottage days of Bar Harbor with whimsical tales of a lost era. Then tour the highlights of Acadia National Park. Fun for the whole family. 2 1/2 or one hour trolley tours with stops for walks and pictures.

Acadia and Bar Harbor Tours
207-288-0300
Reservations recommended.
Tours daily 10 & 2 May – Oct.
Ticket sales: 53 Main St. Ticket Sales, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Bar Harbor and Acadia’s premier sightseer: 2 1/2 hours of the best sights, sounds & stories available with 3 – 15 minute stops in Acadia National Park. Tour includes Bar Harbor, the mansions, Cadillac Mountain., Park Loop Rd., Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, etc. Native naturalists give thorough and humorous narrative.

Acadia Bike & Canoe
207-288-9605 800-526-8615
Located in downtown Bar Harbor, across from the post office. Open daily at 8am.
48 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Acadia Bike features the largest bicycle rental fleet in New England. Enjoy Acadia’s natural wonders as you pedal the car-free carriage roads or Ocean Drive. Bicycles (all new each summer) are meticulously maintained and custom-fitted to ensure you’ll have a great ride. All sizes available, plus tandems, trailers & kids’ bikes at special low rates.

The Cat (Bay Ferries Limited)
207-288-3395 888-249-7245
121 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Ferry service to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Casino, dining, duty free shopping, movies, bar. June 1 – October 15. Daily 6am-10pm.

Coastal Kayaking Tours
207-288-9605 800-526-8615
48 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Open every day at 8a.m.
Mt. Desert Island’s kayaking company offers group tours and highly personalized service. Up to 15 departures daily. Trips from two-and-a-half hours to three days. Families welcome, no experience necessary. Located in downtown Bar Harbor, across from the post office.

Diver Ed Live Underwater Video Tours
207-288-DIVE
2 1/2hr trips, Mon-Sat. 11am & 2:30pm.
Memorial Day weekend-Columbus Day.
PO Box 860, Bar Harbor Inn Pier, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Great for families! Journey to the bottom of the sea-without getting wet! Among spectacular coastal scenery, you will stay aboard the 50′ motor vessel Seal & dive into Maine’s only underwater sightseeing trip. After a short boat ride, Diver Ed suits up & you push him overboard. Watch on a 4′ screen as he maneuvers a digital video camera. Back on board, Diver Ed empties his catch bag of fascinating sea creatures for you to hold and see up close.

Island Adventures Sea Kayaking
207-288-3886 800-824-2453
Call for reservations
137 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Island Adventures offers half day, two and a half-hour, and sunset tours daily, with Custom Group Tours also available. Some of Acadia’s most experienced Registered Maine Guides want to share our region’s beauty by sea kayak. No experience is necessary and beginners are always welcome. To ensure you get the attention you deserve we run small groups, (six couples max). Come with us and experience an adventure of a lifetime.

Lulu Lobster Boat Ride
207-963-2341
Lulu’s 2-hr. tour takes 6 people at a time for this unique cruise.
Bar Harbor Regency Dock, 123 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME 046
Discover Frenchman Bay’s best kept tour boat secret. Lulu, a traditional Downeast wooden lobster boat previously in Hancock, now cruises out of Bar Harbor. See an up-close demonstration of lobster fishing, look for seals and share Captain John’s interest in nature and local history/folklore.

National Park Sea Kayak Tours
207-288-0342/ or 800-347-0940
Call for rates.
39 Cottage Street (Next to Criterion Movie Theatre), Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Everything provided for an all-inclusive price. Reservations suggested. Open Daily 8am-8pm, 7-days. Open June – Sept.
Personalized (6 couples maximum) 1/2 day am; pm , Sunset Guided Sea Kayak Tours. See seals, eagles, porpoises, seabirds, other Marine life. Paddle along Acadia’s coastline/islands in stable two-person ocean style kayaks. A fun, safe, & simple activity for beginners & experienced alike. Registered Maine Guides.

Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours
207-288-3355
Affordable prices. Free no-hassle parking.
RR#1, Box 1224, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Captain Winston Shaw, an expert naturalist with 23 years of local experience, offers unique private boat tours for individuals and families of up to 6. Wide variety of enjoyable 1 to 8 hour trips custom designed around your interests and timetable. Discover eagles, seals, loons, and other fascinating wildlife, along with spectacular sea cliffs, secluded coves, picturesque island lighthouses, and breathtaking sunsets.

More Attractions

Abbe Museum
The Abbe is located at Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia National Park. The museum is a five-minute drive south of Bar Harbor, just off the Park Loop Road and off Route 3. It is on Mount Desert Island, which is joined to the mid-coast mainland by a causeway. A second, year-round facility is currently under construction in downtown Bar Harbor. (207) 288-3519
Admission charged.

The Abbe Museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding and appreciation of Maine’s Native American cultures, history and archaeology through exhibitions, educational programs and research. A private, not-for-profit institution, the museum is devoted solely to preserving and celebrating the heritage of all four Native communities in Maine: Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot.

Acadia National Park
One of the smaller National Parks in the country, Acadia is one of the most heavily visited. There are 17 high points of land with Cadillac mountain being the highest on the east coast. There are numerous lakes in the park, with Eagle Lake, the gem when viewed from the summit of Cadillac. The views of the ocean from the summit are breathtaking. Acadia is a combination of attractions that make it unique as a destination.

Natural History Museum At College Of The Atlantic
Route 3 between downtown and the ferry terminal. Open Monday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, high season. Call for off season times.
207-288-5395
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
The Natural History Museum investigates and interprets the natural history of Maine. The Museum is housed in the original headquarters of Acadia National Park, renovated and expanded to provide a unique site for exhibits, programs and activities. A museum store offers quality books, toys, cards and other keepsakes.

Oceanarium & Lobster Hatchery
207-288-5005
Rt. 3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Combination tickets available.
Enjoy an up-close experience with marine life. At the oceanarium on Rt. 3 see a seal program, take a guided tour of a salt marsh and the Maine Lobster Museum. At the working lobster hatchery we take you on a fascinating tour to see mother lobsters & baby lobsters & the hatchery process.

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
288-2133
Open mid April-mid Oct. 9am-11pm.
Route 3, RR2 Box 1150, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
There’s really no adventure like Pirate’s Cove! Come test your skills on 36 challenging holes and explore the wonderful hideout of Pirates! At Pirate’s Cove you putt your way through mountain caves, over foot bridges and under waterfalls. Located just 4 miles from downtown Bar Harbor on Rt. 3.

Acadia National Park Outdoor Recreation Center
207-288-0007/244-5854
1 West St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Tour the island and surrounding areas by water. Guided sea kayak tours depart from the waterfront location next to the Bar Harbor pier. If lakes & ponds are more your style, acanoe and kayak rental facility is located at the tip of Long Pond. If you prefer to stay dry, explore the carriage roads within Acadia National Park by renting either a mountain or hybrid bike from the Bar Harbor location which is only 1 mi from the Carriage Rd. entrance.

Atlantic Brewing Company
207-288-BEER 1-800-475-5417
RR1 Box 2810 Knox Rd, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Visit the estate brewery located just outside of Bar Harbor. Three free brewhouse tours at 2, 3 & 4PM daily, and free tastings every 1/2 hour, starting at noon in the gift shop. Learn about brewing, how our root beer is made, and enjoy a pint in the quiet Maine woods. Bring your family to our estate & our open air tavern, serving food from 11:30 to closing and a Brewer’s Barbecue on Saturdays.

Bar Harbor Brewing Co. & Soda Works
207-288-4592
The microbrewery is 5 minutes from downtown Bar Harbor. Follow Main St. to Rte. 3 East. It’s on the left, 3 miles past Jackson Laboratory. Don’t miss Bar Harbor’s unique microbrewery.
Tour, taste & talk beer (free) with award winning brewer Tod Foster. Taste World Beer Champions Cadillac Mountain. Stout & Thunder Hole Ale, the beers that beat Guinness, Samuel Smith, Newcastle, Sam Adams & Shipyard. There’s homemade Bar Harbor Root Beer & Blueberry Soda for the children.

Bar Harbor Whale Museum
288-2025
52 West St.

Bar Harbor Historical Society
33 Ledgelawn Ave.
288-0000

Arts and Entertainment

Bar Harbor Music Festival
59 Cottage St.
288-5744

Criterion Theatres, Inc.
35 Cottage St., Po Box 242
288-3441

Arcady Music Festival
PO Box 780/93 Cottage St.
288-3151

Carmen Verandah
207-288-2766
119 Main St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Carmen Verandah features live music 2-3 nights a week, Bar Harbor’s largest dance floor, pool tables, and great food. Our open air verandah overlooks the village green and is perfect for lunch, or dinner and then dancing. No covers, just great original blues, rock, funk & jazz. Also featuring Miss Hylies Tuesday Show and great DJ nights. Something happening every night!

Maine Lobster And Fish Company
207-288-0188 or 877-887-4460
Open 7 days a week! Open Year Round.
1 West Street at Harbor Place, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Maine Lobsters shipped fresh daily, worldwide! Usually within 24 hrs. Wide variety of seafood, wholesale and retail.

Bark Harbor
207-288-0404
Open Year Round.
200 Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Bark Harbor carries a complete line of dog and cat theme gifts and accessories. From jewelry to art, designer ceramics to plush animals. Pet supplies and gourmet treats are also available.

Domus Isle
207-288-5511 800-647-GIFT
On Main Street across from the Village Green.
134 Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Domus Isle offers a myriad of fountains, outstanding collection of CDs and cassettes, aromatherapy candles and personal care products. Now carrying fine wine, crystal, and accessories

Grandfather’s Collection
207-460-9555 207-667-7700
Open year round.
PO Box 1357, Ellsworth, Me 04605
Grandfather’s collection offers photographic reproductions from original antique glass plate negatives. Late 1800/early 1900 images feature lobsterman, schooners and lighthouses off the coast of Maine. Images are matted and backed with museum quality material and are sold In 8×10, 11×14, and 16×20 sizes. Prices include shipping in the United States.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Acadia Zoo
Bar Harbor Road
Rt. 3 Trenton
(207) 667-3244
Daily early May until mid-October. Opens at 9:30
A non-profit educational facility with more than 100 animal species, including reindeer, bison, wolves, moose, as well as a simulated rain forest with monkeys, Amazon fish, tropical birds and reptiles. There is also a petting zoo. Pony rides are offered in July and August.

Seacoast Fun Park
Bar Harbor Road
Rt. 3 Trenton
(207) 667-3573
Daily Memorial Day-Labor Day
General admission covers all day on the water slide plus one round of mini-golf and go-karts. Water slide is heated on weekends. Picnic tables, video arcade; sand-volleyball court; snack bar.

Oceanarium & Lobster Hatchery
207-288-5005
Rt. 3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Combination tickets available.
Enjoy an up-close experience with marine life. At the oceanarium on Rt. 3 see a seal program, take a guided tour of a salt marsh and the Maine Lobster Museum. At the working lobster hatchery we take you on a fascinating tour to see mother lobsters & baby lobsters & the hatchery process.

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
288-2133
Open mid April-mid Oct. 9am-11pm.
Route 3, RR2 Box 1150, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
There’s really no adventure like Pirate’s Cove! Come test your skills on 36 challenging holes and explore the wonderful hideout of Pirates! At Pirate’s Cove you putt your way through mountain caves, over foot bridges and under waterfalls. Located just 4 miles from downtown Bar Harbor on Rt. 3.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Year Round:

Arcady Music Festival
93 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
288-2141 or 288-3151
Presents 8pm concerts Thursday evenings on the College of the Atlantic campus. Offers a broad range of music from ragtime to classical.

April:

Healthy Kids Day
Sponsored by MDI YMCA
21 Park St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3511
A local family event that stresses healthy activities and games. Various agencies attend to promote healthy kids. Also first day of sign-ups for YMCA day camps.

Car Free Day
Sponsored by Acadia National Park
Park Loop Road, Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3338
This special day is to promote alternative means of travel for a healthier environment. Walk, hike, bike to enjoy the park.

May:

Classical Theater
Sponsored by MDI High School Theatre
MDI H.S. Theatre
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-5011 ext 239
Student performance of a classical theater production. Annual event.

Tour de Cure (Late May)
Sponsored by American Diabetes Association
College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
1-888-DIABETES
Cycling event for all levels & ages. Join a 25K, 50K or 100K ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Rest stops along the way providing snacks, drinks & mechanical support to riders. Lunch for all participants at no charge. There is a minimum pledge in addition to the registration fee. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers and free t-shirts to everyone meeting their minimum pledge!

Annual Warblers & Wildflowers Festival
Sponsored by Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-5103
Week long festival celebrating Warblers & Wildflowers in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Events include bird walks, garden tours, lectures and socials.

June:

Annual Spring 5K and Fun Run
Sponsored by MDI YMCA
21 Park St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3511
Annual 5K and a one-mile fun run for children twelve and under. All finishers receive ribbons.

Blessing of the Fleet and Seafarer’s Memorial Day Festival
Sponsored by Maine Seacoast Mission
Waterfront, & Maine Seacoast Mission
127 West St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-5097
Celebrate the traditional opening of the sailing and boating season. The clergy of the Maine Sea Coast Mission, from aboard their vessel the Sunbeam, bless each boat as they pass by in procession. Memorial service follows.

Legacy Of The Arts – Ragtime Weekend
Sponsored by Bar Harbor Chamber Of Commerce
Legacy Committee
Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 158
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-5103
The Ragtime Festival weekend takes you back to a time when Bar Harbor was the world’s most exclusive resort. Step back in time to a world of silent movies and antique cars when the Ragtime Festival returns to Bar Harbor. Events include a silent film showing at the historic Criterion Theatre, dances, Victorian walking tours, vaudevillians and an antique car show. Friday & Saturday nights, Arcady Music Festival’s Artistic Director Masanobu Ikemiya, a classically-trained pianist with a love and talent for ragtime and improvisation, will lead an ensemble in Ragtime performances. Join us for an exciting, fun-filled weekend!

July:

Weekly Events/Annual Shows
Bar Harbor Music Festival
Bar Harbor Town Band
Blueberry Pancake Breakfast
Annual Antique Show & Sale

Concert (July 4)
Bar Harbor Town Band

Fireworks Over Frenchman Bay
Sponsored by BH Town Band
Village Green, Mt. Desert St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Parade and Seafood Festival (July 4)
Sponsored by MDI Rotary Club
Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Seafood Festival starts after the parade. Enjoy lobster, mussels, corn, strawberry shortcake and much more.

Native American Festival
Sponsored by Abbe Museum, College of the Atlantic, & Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance
Abbe Museum
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3519
Free event that celebrates the cultures of the four Maine tribes: Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot. The festival features demonstrations and sales of Native American basketry, wood carving and other crafts, dancing, drumming, singing and storytelling.

Annual Finest Summer Crafts Festival
Sponsored by Penobscot Valley Crafts Association
College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
244-0175
Over fifty-five of Maine’s best crafters display their wares at one of Maine’s finest summer craft festivals.

August:

Annual Book Sale
Sponsored by Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mt. Desert St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-4245
Thousands of books, magazines, audio books, videos, puzzles, records for sale. Homebaked food sale and restaurant raffle.

National Park Day
Sponsored by National Park Service
Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3338
Free admission to all national parks on this day. This is the anniversary of the National Park Service, created in 1916.

September:

Annual Golf Tournament

Hawkwatch
Sponsored by Mother Nature/Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3338
The Hawkwatch starts at the beginning of September and sometimes runs through mid-October. Raptors migrating through Acadia often ride air currents up the ridge of Cadillac. It is likely that participants will get close looks at many of the birds that fly by and within Acadia National Park. Interpreters are on hand to assist in spotting and identification.

October:

Bar Harbor Scottish Performing Arts Workshop
Sponsored by West Eden Highlanders
Mt. Desert St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Bar Harbor Scottish bagpipes workshops.
Instructors: John Walsh – bagpipes, Michael Rutan-Heningham
244-7193

Great Man-es-ayd’ik Race
Sponsored by Branch Pond Paddlers
Public Landing on Long Pond
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-3519
Canoes, kayaks and the Maine War Canoe Championship race benefiting the Abbe Museum. “Man-es-ayd’ik” is Penobscot/Passamaquoddy for “clam gathering place”, a Native American name for Bar Harbor. Individual events will be organized for racing & recreational canoes, sea kayaks & war canoes.

December:

Island Arts Association – Holiday Fair
Sponsored by MDI YWCA

Municipal Building, 93 Cottage St.
MDI YWCA
36 Mt. Desert St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
288-5008

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

A- Overview:
Baton Rouge, the capital city of Louisiana, is an exciting blend of sights, sounds and flavors. From its dynamic and diverse musical heritage, to its significant landmarks and museums, Baton Rouge is a fascinating city to explore. From its riverboats, plantations and hospitality, to its Cajun, Creole and Old South cuisine, it excels.

Baton Rouge is 75 miles Northwest of New Orleans via Interstate 10, and is the parish seat of government. Baton Rouge is the key industrial city in the area, and the center of an immense chemical and petroleum complex on the Mississippi River. It is the second largest city in the state, and the fourth largest port city in the nation. Projected population figures show that this progressive city will have a phenomenal growth in future decades.

Nightlife is lively and varied. it ranges from Cajun clubs and country western clubs to concerts (symphonic and popular music). There are Riverboat casinos and dinner cruises. Theater groups maintain a full schedule of excellent offerings throughout the year.

In recent years, a number of new attractions, museums and restaurants have opened much to the delight of visitors from around the world. In the fall of 1999, Louisiana’s Old Governor’s Mansion joins the Old State Capitol, riverboat casinos, the Mall of Louisiana, Bluebonnet Swamp, Alligator Bayou Swamp Tours, and numerous plantation homes in providing visitors with a variety of things to see and do in the Baton Rouge area. Additionally, several new bed & breakfast inns and 1200 new hotel rooms make it simple, easy and affordable to stay overnight in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge is home to both Louisiana State University, the state’s flagship university and Southern University. The capitol, one of America’s most beautiful, is 34 stories, 450 feet in height and surrounded by 27 acres of landscaped grounds. It was constructed in March 1932, at a cost of $5 million. Broad steps of Minnesota granite mark the entrance to the building. From the observation tower, it is possible to see the surrounding country for a distance of 30 miles.

Streets and highways throughout the area are clean, brightly lit and easy to travel. Attractions and historic sites are clearly marked and all have parking facilities. Baton Rouge is home to some of the finest restaurants in the United States featuring fresh seafood, French, Cajun and Creole and traditional Southern cuisine.

With mild and short winters, scenic Falls and Springs, you can’t go wrong in Baton Rouge, whenever you choose to visit.

Baton Rouge is fun for families. With plantation homes, swamp tours, a world-renowned zoo, gardens, museums, wildlife centers and an arts and science, there is always something to do and see.

With its semi-tropical climate, Baton Rouge is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities such as golf, tennis or sporting events. Baton Rouge is home to several nationally ranked golf courses designed by the biggest names in the sport and the capital city also offers some of the hottest collegiate sports in the South.

You’ll find everything close at hand in Baton Rouge for an unforgettable family vacation.

B- City Information:

Population: 231,219

Elevation: 60 feet

Location: Baton Rouge is 75 miles Northwest of New Orleans via Interstate 10.

Time Zone: Baton Rouge is in the central time zone. When it is noon in New York City; it is 11:00 AM in Baton Rouge

Weather:

Baton Rouge has a subtropical climate free of extreme temperatures. Winters are mild with only occasional cold periods.

Average Temperatures

Month
High
Low

January
63F
42F

February
65F
45F

March
81F
64F

April
78F
58F

May
81F
64F

June
90F
70F

July
91F
72F

August
91F
72F

September
88F
67F

October
81F
56F

November
70F
46F

December
64F
48F

When to Visit

The weather is consistently warm from May to September

Winter is usually mild and short-lived (January and February) perfect for outdoor activities. Spring is glorious and a light jacket is all that is needed for touring the grounds of any plantation. The blooming season is quite long, lasting more than seven months of the year, but spring is the most dramatic. Fall is mild and only a light sweater is needed in the evenings.

Precipitation is reasonably well-distributed and ample throughout the year with an average annual precipitation of 55 inches

Business Hours

Banks are usually open weekdays 9 to 3 and some Saturday mornings; the post office from 8 to 5 weekdays and often on Saturday mornings. Shops in urban and suburban areas, particularly in indoor and strip malls, typically open at 9 or 10 daily and stay open until anywhere from 6 to 10 PM on weekdays and Saturdays, and until 5 or 6 on Sundays.

Holidays

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Inauguration Day 3rd Mon. in Jan. every 4 years

Mardi Gras Day, Shrove Tuesday (varies)

Good Friday (varies)

Memorial Day last Mon. in May;

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Veterans Day Nov. 11

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31.

Customs & Duties

Arriving in the United States

Contact the U.S. Customs Service (inquiries, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20229, 202/354-1000

Electricity

The U.S. electrical standard is 110 volts/60 cycles AC. Visitors from other countries, traveling with dual-voltage appliances will not need a converter, but they will need a plug adapter. The standard U.S. electrical outlet takes a plug of two flat pins set parallel to one another.

Emergencies

Ambulance, Fire , Police (Phone: 911).

Telephones

The country code for the United States is 1. The area code for Baton Rouge is 225.

Age Limits: You must be 21 years of age to enter a casino in Louisiana. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages in Louisiana.

Getting There

By Plane

The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (Ryan Field) is served by major airlines. Baton Rouge is accessible by jet service via Delta, American, Northwest, Continental and US Air. Additional service is available through New Orleans International Airport, about 1 hour East of Baton Rouge.

Train and Bus: Connecting buses from New Orleans’ Amtrak station and regular Greyhound buses come in to Baton Rouge at 1253 Florida St, fifteen minutes from downtown.

Getting Around: Local buses, run by Capital City Transportation (225/336-0821), are infrequent.

Travel by Car: There is little public transportation in the Baton Rouge area. A car is essential. Baton Rouge is served by interstate highways 10, 12, 55, 59 and 49.

Useful Regional Terms

Creole: the meaning of the term has evolved over the years in Louisiana. The word came from the Spanish word criollo which meant “person native to a locality.” It was first used in the 18th century to describe children born of European parents in the New World. In Louisiana, this meant children of the French. As people of other ethnic backgrounds moved into the Mississippi delta and valley, the term began to include them. A 19th century Creole could have been French, German, black, or of mixed ancestry. Today, most who identify themselves as Creole are black.

Cajun: Cajuns were descendants of 17th century French settlers from Nova Scotia (also known as L’Acadie). Many had been deported when Britain took over the region from France. The Acadians later shortened their name to “Cajuns” after migrating to southern Louisiana.

Creole and Cajun Cuisine Authentic Creole cooking is urban; Cajun food is country cooking. However, the terms are often used interchangeably, with consistently delicious results.

Etouffee (ay too fay) Method of cooking something (usually shrimp or crawfish) smothered in chopped vegetables over a low flame, tightly covered, until tender.

Gumbo A mainstay of both Cajun and Creole cooking. Creoles use okra as a thickener for this tasty stew; Cajuns use ground sassafras leaves. No two gumbos are alike. Cajun dishes are usually spicier and bolder than Creole.

Lagniappe (lan yap) An old Creole word for “something extra.” Soup meat is the lagniappe from vegetable soup preparation.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Attractions

Africa Safari Park
The park is located about 35 minutes north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From Baton Rouge take Plank Road north (17.5 miles from Metro Airport) turn right onto Highway 959, Travel 4.7 miles, turn right on Highway 409, the park entrance is 1.5 miles down on your left.
Closed on Monday & Tuesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Last car at 4 p.m.)
closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years
Carload Day – Every Wednesday, you may bring as many people along as you like,
Open to individuals and groups, the Africa Safari Park has over 750 animals with 80 different species being displayed on 168 acres. The park is open to individuals and groups. In addition, the park has 3 safari vehicles which can accommodate larger groups.

Baton Rouge Zoo
3601 Thomas Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70807
(225) 775-3877 or visit: 9:30 a.m. – 5 -p.m. Daily
9:30 a.m. – 6 -p.m. Weekends (during daylight saving time)
Closed New Years, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, & Christmas
Wednesdays 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Admission
www.brzoo.org
Discover Baton Rouge’s #1 family attraction! Over 1800 animals, including white tiger, elephants, giraffes and alligators await you in the beautifully landscaped Zoo. . Visitors of all ages will love KidsZoo, complete with a playground and hands-on animal encounter with farm animals! Your visit is not complete without a scenic ride on the Cypress Bayou Railroad or a narrated tour on the White Tiger Tram.

Bluebonnet Swamp Conservation Area
Exit I-10 at Bluebonnet Boulevard; 1 mile south and turn right to:
10503 North Oak Hills Parkway
(225) 757-8905
Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Explore a unique natural area near the heart of Baton Rouge. Self guided nature trails wind through a magnolia-beech upland forest and into a 65 acre cypress-tupelo swamp. Elevated boardwalks provide complete accessibility. The nature center includes educational exhibits, picnic area, and restroom facilities.

Enchanted Mansion, a Doll Museum
190 Lee Drive
(225) 769-0005
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
This museum offers a magical and educational doll exhibit for all ages. A unique museum that entertains and informs its visitors through animation and spectacular exhibits. Afternoon tea is also featured.

Louisiana Arts and Science Center and Challenger Learning Center
100 South River Road
(225) 344-9478
Monday – closed Tues – Fri, 10 – 3
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
First Sunday of the month admission is Free.
Housed in a reconstructed train station, the Louisiana Arts and Science Center offers several exhibits that change each year, as well as a permanent Egyptian tomb exhibit. For the children and “children at heart,” there is a hands-on art and science exhibit.

Louisiana Governor’s Mansion
1001 Capital Access Road
(225) 342-5855
The Governor’s Mansion is built in 1963 in modified Greek Revival style as a replica of one of the state’s plantation mansions. Open for tours by appointment only.

Louisiana Old State Capitol
100 North Boulevard
(225) 342-0500 or 1-800-488-2968
Museum Hours:
Monday – special tours only
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
High on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River stands the majestic Old State Capitol, a Gothic architectural treasure. Designed and built by James Harrison Dakin, 1847-1850. The nearly 150 year old building has withstood war, fire, scandal, bitter debate, abandonment, and an occasional fistfight.

Louisiana State Capitol
State Capitol Drive
(225) 342-7317
Daily, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
No admission charged.

The State Capitol is the tallest state capitol in the nation. The tower rises 34 floors above pleasant formal gardens. Visitors can see the city of Baton Rouge, the Mississippi River, and surrounding areas from the 27th-floor observation deck. Steps commemorating the 50 states lead to its entrance. The building is built in Art Deco style with magnificent marble and bronze detailing inside. Completed in 1932.

Louisiana State University Hilltop Arboretum
11855 Highland Road
(225) 767-6916
Daily, from dawn to dusk
No admission charged.
The rolling terrain of the12-acre site is landscaped with a variety of interesting and unique native trees and plants labeled for identification.

Old Arsenal Museum
(225) 342-0401
East Capitol Drive
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
State Capitol Complex, formerly a powder magazine, is located amid the formal gardens of the Louisiana State Capitol Complex.

U.S.S. Kidd and Nautical Historical Center
305 South River Road
(225) 342-1942
Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., 7 day a week
Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
The U.S.S. Kidd is the only World War II Fletcher Class destroyer meticulously restored. This 369-foot ship is berthed on the Mississippi River in a unique cradle that holds it “high and dry. The adjacent Nautical Historical Center features a P-40 Warhawk fighter plane, a restored “Flying Tiger,” and an A7E Corsair attack aircraft. A National Historic Landmark.

Plantation Homes Restored and Opened For Public Tours

Plantation & Antebellum Homes
PO Box 546
St. Francisville , Louisiana
225-635-3739 ; 225-635-3739
Picnic area. Nineteenth century plantation living can be seen in Oakley, the home where artist naturalist John James Audubon created many of his famous bird paintings.

Blythewood Plantation
400 Daniel Street
Amite , Louisiana 7
985-748-5886

Two miles from I-55 Plantation over 100 years old and over 10,000 square feet. Mansion filled with Victorian and heirloom antiques.

Butler Greenwood Plantation
8345 US Highway 61
St. Francisville , Louisiana
225-635-6312
225-635-6370
Antique-filled historic 1790s plantation on the National Register of Historic Places that includes the area’s finest original Victorian formal parlor, live oaks and gardens.

Catalpa Plantation
9508 US Highway 61
St. Francisville , Louisiana
225-635-3372

Choctaw Plantation and Railroad
Ellwood Drive
Brusly , Louisiana
225-749-2205

Cottage Plantation
10528 Cottage Lane
St. Francisville , Louisiana
225-635-3674
Location: 1 mile US Hwy 61, St. Francisville Gift shop, tours, and restaurant. One of the area’s most complete plantations, the site includes many original outbuildings, antique furnishings and century-old oaks.

Destrehan Plantation
13034 River Road
Destrehan , Louisiana
504-764-9315
504-725-1929
8 miles from New Orleans International airport. Gift shop. Built in 1787-1790, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Costumed docents give history of the house and the families who lived there.

Greenwood Plantation
6838 Highland Road
St. Francisville , Lousiana
225-655-4475
225-655-3292
800-259-4475
10 miles from US 61.Gift shop, picnic areas, Built in 1830 in Greek Revival style, Greenwood burned to the ground in 1960, leaving only the columns standing. The home was completely rebuilt to the original specifications.

Houmas House Plantation
40136 Hwy 942
Darrow , Louisiana
225-473-7841
225-474-0480
888-323-8314
Gift shop and food service (with advance notice) Greek Revival mansion (1840) connected to earlier Colonial house (1790). Antique period furniture; costumed guides. “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte” starring Bette Davis was filmed here.

Laura: A Creole Plantation
2247 Hwy 18 (Great River Road)
Vacherie , Louisiana
225-265-7690
225-265-7960
Guided tours, based on Laura’s Memoirs, detail lives of Creole women, slaves, children. Built 1805.

Live Oak
15470 Highway
Rosedale , Louisiana
225-648-2346
Gardens, group tours

Madewood Plantation House
20 miles from I-10
4250 Highway 308
Napoleonville , Louisiana
504-369-7151
504-369-9848
800-375-715

Magnolia Mound Plantation
2161 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-343-4955
225-343-6739
1790’s plantation house, reproduction 1800’s open-hearth kitchen, 1800’s slave cabin, overseer’s house & pigeonnier, herb & vegetable garden, cash crop garden. Surrounded by 100-year-old live oaks, the c.1791 house has retained its creole plan and character for over 200 years. It’s construction is of cypress beams with the original cypress flooring runs throughout the house.

Mount Hope Plantation
8151 Highland Road
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-761-7000
225-761-7899
1-888-461-7820
Historic home, circa 1817, listed on the National Register. Four acres of ancient trees and old garden roses. Entertainment and dinners or teas with advance notice. Fine example of a 19th century farmhouse which was settled by German immigrants. Rich history of settlers, Civil War and slaves who lived on property.

Myrtles Plantation
7747 US Highway 61
St. Francisville , Louisiana
225-635-6277 or 225-635-5827
Gift shop, food service, and picnic area. This 200-year-old antebellum plantation features a 120 foot veranda, exquisite ornamental ironwork, hand-painted stained glass and open-pierced firework. The home is also famous for its Aubusson tapestry, Baccarat crystal chandelier, and gold-leafed French furnishings.

Nottoway Plantation
30970 Hwy 405
White Castle , Louisiana
225-545-2730 or 225-545-8632
Tours daily from 9am-5pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Experience 19th century southern living in the South’s largest plantation home. Visit for an overnight stay, a guided tour or a romantic dining experience.

Oak Alley Plantation
3645 LA Highway 18
Vacherie , Louisiana
225-265-2151 or 225-265-7035
About 60 miles from Baton Rouge or New Orleans. Gift shop, restaurant & B&B(reservation for groups required) Experience a bygone era in the South’s most beautiful setting, beginning with the spectacular quarter-mile alley of nearly 300-year-old live oak trees.

Parlange
8211 False River Road
New Roads , Louisiana
225-638-8410
Gardens, group tours

Poplar Grove Plantation
3142 North River Road
Port Allen , Louisiana
225-344-3913
225-343-8701
10 minutes from downtown Baton Rouge. Food service (with advance notice). Built as a pavilion for 1884 World’s Fair in New Orleans and moved by barge in 1886 to its current location. Exotic Victorian mansion with oriental influence, still occupied by original family, National Register of Historic Places.

Rosedown Plantation and Gardens
12501 Highway 10
St. Francisville , Louisiana
225-635-3332
Gift shop, picnic areas and restrooms, theater, reception center. Rosedown’s 28-acre garden is one of the nation’s five most important historic gardens. Its 1835 house with all of its original contents has made it one of the south’s most distinguished house museums for 30 years.

Rosewood Plantation
(800) 675-8838
10254 Highway 431
St. Amant , Louisiana
Magnificent and unique 1840s manor house created from the remnants of over 40 Louisiana Antebellum homes. Located in the heart of plantation country in Ascension Parish, Rosewood offers accommodations in the mansion or cottages.

San Francisco Plantation-A Historic Plantation House Museum and Gardens
2646 Hwy 44 River Road
Garyville , Louisiana
985-535-2341
Only 40-minutes from downtown Baton Rouge The magnificent house features five hand painted mural ceilings, faux marble and bois wood graining. Built in 1856, by Edmond Marmillion in Old Louisiana Colonial – Steamboat Gothic Style, this National Landmark offers a Museum Store, 1830’s Slave Cabin, and1840’s one-room Schoolhouse nestled under 300 year old Live Oaks. Opened daily for tours with period dressed guides sharing the French and German heritage of the family, slaves, and civil war.

Tezcuco Plantation
3138 Hwy 44 River Road
Darrow , Louisiana
504-562-3929
504-562-3923
6 miles from I-10 at Sunshine Bridge. Antique and gift shop, restaurant and Civil War museum. 1855 Greek Revival plantation, listed on the National Register of Historic places.

Smith & Brown Monument
Southern University Baton Rouge Campus
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-771-2011
This monument is in memory of two African-American students, Denver Smith and Leonard Brown, who were killed by authorities in 1972 while participating in a student civil rights demonstration. A marker designates the spot where they were killed. The student union is also named in their honor.

Southern University Museum of Art
Southern University Baton Rouge Campus
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-771-4513
The Southern University Museum of Art is open to visitors as well as to the Baton Rouge local community. It is in Martin L. Harvey Hall, overlooking the bluffs, on the campus of Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Features important works by African American artists from the past and present. Also, provides an opportunity to learn about other aspects of another culture.

LSU Mounds
The LSU mounds stand on the northwest corner of the campus. The two mounds, created by Native Americans, functioned as territorial markers or symbols of group identity. In 1982, radiocarbon dating determined that they were built about 5,000 years ago. The mounds are among the oldest preserved Indian mounds in the Western Hemisphere, and have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Memorial Tower
Tower Drive
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
Also known as the Campanile, this 175-foot structure was built in 1923 and dedicated in 1926 as a memorial to Louisianians who died in WWI. On the rotunda walls are bronze plaques bearing the names of those to whom the Tower is dedicated. The Memorial Tower also houses the permanent collections of the LSU Museum of Art. Chimes ring every quarter hour. The Cornerstone in front of the tower was excavated from the ruins of Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy in Pineville (early LSU) one half describes the history, other half is inscribed with first Board of Supervisors and faculty.

Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens
4650 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-765-2437
225-765-2639
Located on the 450-acre Burden Research Plantation, Rural Life provides insight into the largely forgotten lifestyles and cultures of pre-industrial Louisiana.

Tiger Cage
North Stadium Drive
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-578-0628
225-578-2430
Just to the north of Tiger Stadium is the home of Mike V, LSU’s Bengal tiger mascot. The cage, constructed for the first Mike in 1937, was renovated in 1981 to include a grassy area, a tiger-sized wooden scratching post, a pool, a climbing platform, and an indoor area for use in inclement weather.

Louisiana Arts and Science Center
100 South River Road
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-344-5272
225-344-9477
Features fine art exhibitions, interactive art and science exhibits, an Egyptian gallery a Challenger Learning Center and a gift shop. Building is a 1920’s train depot with five-car train on-site. In 2002, LASC will open a planetarium space theater.

Louisiana Old State Capitol
100 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-342-0500
225-342-0361
800-488-2968
Center for Political and Governmental History. This Gothic architectural treasure was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975. Experience a multimedia presentation, interactive exhibits, political research library, political memorabilia, film and videotapes of state leaders.

Louisiana State Capitol Building
State Capitol Drive
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-342-7317
Gift shop, food service and picnic area. Tallest State Capitol in the nation, this Art deco-style building is 34 stories high. Built in 1932, it is the site of Huey Long’s assassination. Its Observation Tower offers a view of Mississippi River and Capitol grounds.

Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science
119 Foster Hall
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-388-2855
The museum is divided into two main parts: the public exhibits containing both habitat and biological exhibits, along with identification panels and the research collections used by scientists from all over the world.

Milbank Historic House
3045 Bank Street
Jackson , Louisiana 70748
225-634-5901
225-634-5151
Gift shop, restaurant next door, restroom facilities. An 1836 historic house suitable for small functions, with Doric columns and furnished with many Mallard antiques and other fine pieces.

Old Arsenal Powder Magazine
Secretary of State; PO Box 94125
Baton Rouge , Louisiana -9125
225-342-0401
Picnic Area Formerly a powder magazine, circa 1838, the site is surrounded by a 10-foot outer wall and contains hand-on exhibits. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Bogan Fire Station
427 Laurel Street
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
Featuring fire equipment (hoses, extinguishers, fire boxes), the fireman’s uniform and three fire trucks dating back to 1919 through 1926. Home to the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council.

Old Governor’s Mansion
502 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-387-2464
Handicapped access and restroom facilities; jewelry collection on display, and jewelry is available for sale. Built by Huey P. Long in 1930 as Louisiana’s White House the Old Governor’s Mansion is now a historic house museum and the headquarters of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana. The Mansion reopened to the public in November 1999 after an extensive restoration and features furnishings and artifacts from nine Louisiana governors, a grand ballroom, French wallpaper, crystal chandeliers, and a marble staircase. The Mansion is available for special events and is open for tours Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Old Turnerville Homes
23230 Nadler Street
Plaquemine , Louisiana
225-687-5337, or 687-6029
Gift shop House museums furnished with antiques reflecting life in an 1800’s Mississippi River Village.

Pentagon Barracks Museum & Gift Shop
959 North Third Street
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-342-1866
225-343-3989
Museum and gift shop. The barracks were built in 1823-24 to quarter U.S. Army personnel servicing the post of Baton Rouge. The Barracks housed many famous military men, including President Zachary Taylor. Original site of Louisiana State University. Housed in the historic Pentagon Barracks, this museum features exhibits highlighting Baton Rouge history.

River Road African American Museum and Gallery
3188 Highway 44
Burnside , Louisiana
504-562-7703
Featuring art and artifacts from African American families who lived on River Road, along with lists of Africans enslaved at area plantations, inventors, entrepreneurs, etc..
504-562-7704

West Baton Rouge Museum
845 North Jefferson
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-336-2422
225-336-2448
Guided tours of historic sugar plantation buildings, and free “lagniappe” samples of locally-produced Louisiana “raw” sugar for every visitor! See a 22-foot working sugar mill model, an c.1850 slave cabin and a c.1830 French-creole sugar planter’s cottage. A unique “sweet” Louisiana experience is available to visitors of the West Baton Rouge Museum who want to learn the story behind plantation life, its culture, and its impressive technology.

Afton Villa Gardens
9247 Highway 61, Box 993
St. Francisville , Louisiana
225-635-6773
225-861-7365
A 1/2-mile oak alley leads to a renowned 19th-century garden, featuring formal parterre, hundreds of azaleas and expansive grounds.

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature-Center
10503 North Oak Hills Parkway
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-273-6405
Educational exhibits, gift shop, picnic area, restroom facilities Self-guided nature trails wind through a magnolia-beech upland forest and into the heart of a 65-acre cypress-tupelo swamp.

Cohn Memorial Arboretum
12206 Foster Road
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
225-775-1006

Marked trail through 16 acres of native Louisiana trees and shrubs.

D- Family Fun Attractions:

Africa Safari Park

The park is located about 35 minutes north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From Baton Rouge take Plank Road north (17.5 miles from Metro Airport) turn right onto Highway 959, Travel 4.7 miles, turn right on Highway 409, the park entrance is 1.5 miles down on your left.

Closed on Monday & Tuesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Last car at 4 p.m.)

closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years

Carload Day – Every Wednesday, you may bring as many people along as you like,

Open to individuals and groups, the Africa Safari Park has over 750 animals with 80 different species being displayed on 168 acres. The park is open to individuals and groups. In addition, the park has 3 safari vehicles which can accommodate larger groups.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

3601 Thomas Road

Baton Rouge, LA 70807

(225) 775-3877 or visit: 9:30 a.m. – 5 -p.m. Daily

9:30 a.m. – 6 -p.m. Weekends (during daylight saving time)

Closed New Years, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, & Christmas

Wednesdays 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Free Admission

www.brzoo.org

Discover Baton Rouge’s #1 family attraction! Over 1800 animals, including white tiger, elephants, giraffes and alligators await you in the beautifully landscaped Zoo. . Visitors of all ages will love KidsZoo, complete with a playground and hands-on animal encounter with farm animals! Your visit is not complete without a scenic ride on the Cypress Bayou Railroad or a narrated tour on the White Tiger Tram.

BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Conservation Area

Exit I-10 at Bluebonnet Boulevard; 1 mile south and turn right to:

10503 North Oak Hills Parkway

(225) 757-8905

Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Explore a unique natural area near the heart of Baton Rouge. Self guided nature trails wind through a magnolia-beech upland forest and into a 65 acre cypress-tupelo swamp. Elevated boardwalks provide complete accessibility. The nature center includes educational exhibits, picnic area, and restroom facilities.

Enchanted Mansion, a Doll Museum

190 Lee Drive

(225) 769-0005

Monday, Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

This museum offers a magical and educational doll exhibit for all ages. A unique museum that entertains and informs its visitors through animation and spectacular exhibits. Afternoon tea is also featured.

Louisiana Arts and Science Center and Challenger Learning Center

100 South River Road

(225) 344-9478

Monday – closed Tues – Fri, 10 – 3

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

First Sunday of the month admission is Free.

Housed in a reconstructed train station, the Louisiana Arts and Science Center offers several exhibits that change each year, as well as a permanent Egyptian tomb exhibit. For the children and “children at heart,” there is a hands-on art and science exhibit.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

March
Annual Audubon Pilgrimage

Guides outfitted in antebellum-period costumes lead tours of historic plantations, houses, churches and gardens. The third weekend in March 225-635-6330

May
Angola Prison Arts and Crafts Festival
225-625-2001

October
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair

36 Years of Family entertainment! Providing music, carnival midway rides, 4H and FFA animal shows, clowns, strolling entertainment, and musical shows every night of the fair. Wonderful food and drink.

Also in October, every weekend, Angola Prison hosts a famous all prisoner rodeo. Inmates train for this and compete in contests in which they try to grab a token from a bull’s forehead among other feats. 225-655-4411.