136 County Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
- Phone: (888) 562-5605
- Secondary Phone: (207) 288-3520
If you’ve been wondering if all of our Maine photos were lost on our road trip or if we were ever going to post details of this fun little adventure outside of the mitten, I am finally getting to it. So sorry for the delay friends.
Back in July we ventured off to Maine for a summer vacation with our boys. We started our adventure through New York for a night, and if you’d like to read more about our stop on the way to Maine at Stoney Brook State Park, Dansville NY, click Here.
This post is a review of the campground we stayed at so you can easily find our campground review. For a full detail of our trip to Maine and all photos, see our Maine Adventures post here.
After a long travel, we finally made it to our destination in Bar Harbor, Maine. We stayed at the Oceanside KOA campground. There are two KOA’s in Bar Harbor, both within a few miles of each other. One is more of a wooded campground, and one is situated right on the water. We opted to go with the Oceanside campground. There are a lot of options for accommodations in Bar Harbor, however, we settled on this one due to location after searching around for quite a while.
Our site was very close to the water, however, not on the water. If you want a waterfront site, plan on booking very early at this campground. We were still happy with the view of the water from our site, and the views overall were worth the drive the minute we got there. We pulled in close to evening, so the sun was starting to set and Maine graced us with a lovely backdrop while we set up camp.
The sites were a bit tight here, but again, the location more than makes up for some of this. We were also visiting over the 4th of July, which is basically Bar Harbor’s busiest week of the year, so we knew what we were in for.
We brought our Kayaks with us, and right down from our site there was a great launch area. This was close enough to have carried our kayaks if need be, which was really convenient to put the boats in and go for a short paddle.
When planning our trip to Maine and considering locations for camping and visiting, we knew our main focus would be Acadia National Park. Ian and I visited the year prior and knew we wanted to come back with the boys. Acadia is one of those amazing US destinations you just HAVE to visit in your lifetime. We planned for a couple of days in the park hiking trails we knew we’d all be up for. When we visited in July I was four months pregnant and the boys were 6 and 8. We didn’t want to do anything too strenuous, but we still wanted to adventure and see the park. Thankfully Acadia offers a wide variety of hiking, biking, kayaking, and sight seeing. Click here for our full Maine Adventure post.
The KOA is not a campground with lots of frills. But then, you don’t go to Maine for frilly campgrounds. Maine is so scenic that you likely won’t want to spend a lot of time at your campsite anyway.
This is where we launched the kayaks from at the campground.
The Oceanside KOA offers the standard amenities including the following:
50 Amp sites
Daily activities for kids and families
One extra little perk was the camp lobster bake/fresh food station. This little addition was so neat. Each night there’s a tent area set up inside the campground where fresh lobster is baked. They also offer fresh lemonade, pie, and other Maine area goodies. There are lobster bakes all over the place in Maine, however, to have fresh lobster baked right at the campground is pretty awesome. Unfortunately by time we made it down there the night we planned on lobster, they were sold out! Luckily, there was a lobster bake just a mile down the road so we didn’t’ have to venture far for fresh lobster.
This cute little sweets truck came around with treats for the kids. We also saw a car driving around selling fresh Blueberry pies. We purchased one and it was still warm from the oven. It was one of the best treats we had while here!
Overall, this trip to Mt Desert Island was really great. The Bar Harbor Oceanside KOA was the perfect location for all of our adventuring to Acadia and Bar Harbor. We highly reccomend if you’re visiting this area!