There are a few ways to reach the Wild Gardens of Acadia-Sieur De Monts. Summer Hours (Closed in the Winter) May 27 through October 12, 2016 Open Daily 10-5 Directions (from Bar Harbor) Follow Route 3 through Bar Harbor, and head south toward Otter Creek. Turn right at the Sieur de Monts entrance to Acadia National Park, just after the Jackson Lab. Follow the signs to the Nature Center, Wild Gardens of Acadia and the Abbe. From the Park Loop Road, exit at Sieur de Monts. Park in the Sieur de Monts parking lot.
It was rather hot today so we opted to move slowly and by the time we got here it was getting late. Walking around the gardens I noticed most flowers had already bloomed so next year I will make it earlier in the spring to see them at their peak time. I will be back again this fall as there are some that will be showing their peak bloom in September.
Sheila rounded the corner and saw the Sieur De Monts Spring and had a childhood memory. It was a happy one of skipping school with friends one spring day to hang out in Bar Harbor when she was seventeen. It's been that long since she has been here.
so then we had to have a picture beside it.
We met up with some tourists that was looking at the spring as well and they were not impressed with the fermented foam on top of the water inside the octagonal tile-roofed structure. I told them that it wasn't always like that because I saw it once when it was crystal clear where I could see all the way to the bottom. I read that years ago springs like this was used to store meats and perishables in the summer heat so that they would last longer because spring water was cooler than most and preserved foods longer.
Information Center at the Wild Gardens.
After checking out the sights at the Sieur De Monts gardens we headed out on Route 3 on the bikes toward the Asticou Azalea Gardens in Northeast Harbor hoping to out run the thunder storm in the distance.
to end our awesome day in Bar Harbor we headed to Cadillac Mountain summit to watch the sunset before heading home.