When traveling around the Schoodic Peninsula there are great places to pull off the road, take in some great coastal scenery, watch the tide rush by, or take some pictures.
At the start of the Byway on the downeast side of the Sullivan Hancock Bridge lies Sumner Park. This local green space is an ideal spot to stretch the legs, run the pooch, or have a picnic in the gazebo. There’s a small granite garden, a large granite sculpture, and interpretive sign about the park’s history and views of Taunton Bay. Be sure to check out the “Sullivan Daze” Festival here every summer.
When touring the Scenic Byway on Coastal Route 1 out make sure to stop here (in Sullivan). Not only will you find the “Coastal Waters” Kids Quest exhibit, but the views of Acadia’s mountains are spectacular. This is one of the most popular places for visitors and locals alike. Step up on one of the granite blocks with carved lobster claws for an elevated view. Use the telescopes to spot sailboats, crashing surf, coastal islands, and lobster boats hauling traps.
This small rest area in Sullivan has much to offer the traveler despite its size. You might bump into a local clammer heading home with their low tide catch. There are interpretive signs about the natural features here. There is direct access to the shore where you can watch birds and see the tidal waters moving. Take the Kids Quest quiz to learn “Who Likes Mud.”
Located in the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park, this day use picnic area is the perfect spot to enjoy Maine’s beautiful coast. There are open areas for kids to run around and play. It’s an ideal place for a quick picnic or to spend the better part of a day. You’ll find restrooms, a public dock, and information about this spot’s maritime history.
At the end of the Byway in the village of Prospect Harbor lies the small gateway site and parking area. Here you can relax and enjoy the ocean breezes while sitting on one of the benches. It’s a great place to let the kids run around and see interpretive signs, a model lighthouse, a giant granite sculpture and visit the Kids Quest Lobster Fishing Exhibit.