Maine’s striking coastline is often admired for its rugged rocks. Relax on Acadia’s only true sand beach with uninterrupted views of the night sky while Park Rangers share significant stories to help discover the intricacies of the stars.
Acadia's Sand Beach, located just off the Park Loop Road, is a unique and exceptionally dark location for stargazing. Come join rangers as they share the natural history, inspiring stories, and an orientation to the night skies of Down East Maine.
Sand Beach is not handicapped-accessible. Bring a towel or chair and dress warmly. Please limit the use of flashlights and use the red light setting when possible. Bring bug spray as there are insects on the beach.
Space is limited and reservations are required; no walk-ups will be permitted. All individuals, including small children, require a ticket in order to comply with the State of Maine's COVID-19 regulations.
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Bring plenty of warm layers as the beach can be cold in the evenings.
You will be sitting on the sandy beach for one hour. Bring a towel, chair, or something to sit/lie down on to observe the sky comfortably.
Please limit the use of flashlights and cell phones in order to limit light pollution. If needed, please use the red light setting.
Please bring bug spray with you and put it on before the program. Bugs are present on the beach at night.
The program will take place regardless of cloudy conditions. If storm conditions are present, the program may be cancelled to ensure visitor safety.