When to Elope in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park provides a beautiful setting for an elopement but you may be wondering when to elope in Acadia. The mixture of mountain vistas, rocky shores and vibrant forests make it a diverse and unique destination with so much to offer. Acadia is uniquely beautiful in every season, but depending on your interests and vision it will be important to consider the season of your elopement.

To ensure your elopement goes off without a hitch, we are sharing some tips for when to elope in Acadia.

READ MORE: How to Elope in Acadia or go check out the Best Trails to Hike in Acadia on AllTrails.

The Best Time of Year for an Elopement in Acadia National Park | Mount Desert Island Elopement

When Should You Elope in Acadia?

Acadia is a popular place to elope because of the natural beauty of the land and opportunity for adventure. Located in the northeastern United States along the Maine coast on Mount Desert Island, this National Park makes up about 47,000 acres of forests, rocky beaches and mountain peaks. Along with its unique landscape, Acadia has diverse wildlife including moose, bear, whale and seabirds. Head to Bar Harbor for excellent shopping and dining options.

When is Acadia National Park Open?

The park is open daily from 8am to 4pm. But many places throughout the park are only open seasonally and close during the colder winter months. Different parts of the park open and close throughout the year so be sure to check the National Park Service website and plan accordingly.

Weather in Acadia National Park

Like other New England parks, Acadia experiences four distinct seasons with varying weather conditions throughout the year. Late spring to early fall brings the most tourists with warmer temperatures and predictable weather patterns. The park is often crowded during these seasons, especially during the months of July, August and September. You can expect highs in the 70s during the summer months and lows in the 50s. When planning your elopement in Acadia be sure to consider weather patterns and temperatures that suit your interests and expectations. If you want to enjoy biking, hiking and boating you will want to come during the warmer months. If you don't mind the cooler weather and would prefer for things to be quieter, plan for early spring or late fall.

Acadia National Park Rules & Regulations

In order to enjoy your time in Acadia without any hiccups it is important to consider and be knowledgable about the rules and regulations of the park.

You will need to buy an entry pass for the park. Passes are $35 for a private vehicle or $20 for cyclists. Check their website for more pass options and book your reservations early. Vehicle reservations are also required in order to access the park via Cadillac Summit Road.

Permits are required for weddings and commitment ceremonies with over 10 people in attendance. The permit application fee for weddings is $75. For more information about holding ceremonies within the park see the weddings section of the Acadia National website. Be sure to read the restrictions and guidelines carefully to ensure you are prepared for your elopement day.

When to Elope in Acadia

The best time to elope in Acadia is during the shoulder seasons, spring and fall. These seasons are ideal because you avoid the crowds of peak tourist season (summer) but still get to experience ideal temperatures and weather patterns for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, etc.

Fall is particularly stunning in Acadia due to fall foliage. Foliage peaks in late September-mid October and will display beautiful colorful hues of red, orange, yellow and gold. Although less popular than summer, fall is still a busy season for Acadia so plan accordingly!

If you do decide to elope during the summer in Acadia beat the crowds and say your "I dos" during a sunrise or sunset elopement. Cadillac Mountain is a prime sunrise or sunset destination with stunning views. Hire a photographer that is knowledgeable about the area and knows the best spots to avoid crowds. They can help you choose the best place to hold your ceremony to ensure an intimate day.

Cadillac Mountain and Jordan Pond are two of the busiest and most popular destinations in Acadia. While incredibly beautiful and worth the hype, know that visiting these locations during peak tourist season will be very crowded.

Unfortunately much of Acadia National Park closes during the winter months. From December-April Park Loop Road (including Cadillac Mountain) is closed. If you want to elope during the winter, you will need to choose a nearby location as the park closes. Check out this article for suggestions on how to enjoy Acadia during the winter.

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The best time to elope in Acadia National Park is dependent on what you envision for your elopement. Whether you want the warmth and excitement of summer, the intimacy and privacy of the shoulder seasons or the beauty of winter-- Acadia is beautiful and diverse year round! Plan for your elopement by considering rules, regulations, and other factors that will help you prepare for a stunning and memorable elopement in beautiful Acadia!

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