Rockland Travel Guide

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Rockland Things to Do

  • Rockland Breakwater

    I have visited several lighthouses but find this has a most unique approach. It is a part of a city park and to get to the lighthouse you have to walk out almost a mile on a breakwater made of large pieces of granite. It was built in the 1800's using almost 700,000 tons of granite. The surface is smooth enough to make it an easy walk.

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  • Go on a Windjammer Cruise

    Sleep in cabins and get to participate in running the ship.Many day cruise, Not a three hour tour.These folks are hoisting up the main sail.The ships are mainly schooners like they have in the America's Cup races. Average ship holds 20 people,some more than that.Looks like fun, doesn't it?

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  • Visit the Wharf

    Rockland is a major town with the fishing business using a wharf. You can drive and park and walk along the area and docks to see the activities. Featured below are shots from the fishery off loading fish that will be used for bait for the lobster traps. If you like to see boats of all sizes, this is a place to stop and check out.

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  • Beach Combing

    There are plenty of beaches to walk along, and also rocks abound where the waves crash and the sea gulls fly. Just don't get too close to the edge of a rock cliff, as some people have slipped and didn't make it out.Here are some photos of things you will see along the water as you hike along.This is a good day, no admission charge, but better than...

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  • Lobster Festival Parade

    Once a year the whole town of Rockland turns out to celebrate Lobster with a giant parade. People from all over Maine come to participate. There are marching bands, bands on floats, numerous bagpipe bands, air bands, clowns, shriners and festival princesses and a queen, plus all the local politicians get into the act.If you attend this parade...

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  • Ferry to Monhegan Island, Penobscot Bay,...

    This is the car ferry that runs back and forth to Monhegan Island, Maine, one of the most important islands in Maine that has kept the tradition of a true fishing trade and lifestyle of island life.Including the school that services all of the island children.This island is also home to the wonderful restored lighthouse of Monehegan, which is now...

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  • Stern view from Sailboat Chance Along....

    Rockland Harbor...Rockland, Maine.Seacoast of Maine....nothing like sailing the Maine waters..we were hoping for more Wind.The famous Camden Hills in the background. For those who remember "Peyton Place", this is where it was filmed. Camden, Maine.

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  • Spectacular Sight!!! Maine Schooners on...

    A beautiful collection of some of Maines most famous schooners on parade in Rockland Harbor, Rockland, Maine.We had just finished sailing when this aray of boats came into the Harbor.Some of the boats are the Morning in Maine, Friendship Sloop, the Heritage, the Angelina, the Victory Chimes, etc.This is a sight to see....a rare happening.

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  • Rockland "Harbor Master "Building. Maine

    The "Harbor Master" is just that. He is the master of the harbor, overlooking and keeping things in order. He takes care of the moorings and docks and dorys. Keeping care of radar messages and other needs of the people who sail and boat.This building also serves as a bath-house and library for the sailors.

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  • Rigging the Sails...Rockland Harbor,...

    My brother Peter's Sailboat, "Chance A'long" which means catching a wind by chance in sailing terms, his dory is called "Second Chance", which is fitting to it's purpose.Peter docks his 26 ft. sailboat in Rockland, being it to be a safe and easy access harbor.There is no feeling like sailing, when you turn the motor off, and set the sails, all you...

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  • Rockland Harbor, Maine......Sailboats...

    This is the "Morning in Maine" Schooner that is docked in Rockland Harbor, Rockland is in the Background.

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  • Rockland Harbor...and....more boats.

    The sailboats are one of my favorite scenes....how beautiful...and represent freedom....(unless you haven't paid for it yet).

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  • Rockland Harbor... Sailing Ships and...

    Sailing is probably the number one favorite of those who visit by car or by boat.The boats in the harbor are varied and beautiful, even the one that failed to sail after it was built to take an invalid daughter all over the world. Some nick-name it "The Pirate Ship". Rockland is now it's permanent home.Rockland Harbor...is one of the best on the...

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  • Visit the Rockland Breakwater Light

    The Breakwater Light is at the end of an almost mile long breakwater made of granite. The Light dates to 1902 and is still operational. It is an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation

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  • Walk to the Breakwater Light

    I have visited several lighthouses but find this has a most unique approach. It is a part of a city park and to get to the lighthouse you have to walk out almost a mile on a breakwater made of large pieces of granite. It was built in the 1800's using almost 700,000 tons of granite. The surface is smooth enough to make it an easy walk.

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Rockland Restaurants

  • Lobster with an awesome view

    Miller's is a drive south out of Rockland, a drive than is beautiful and you reward yourself with eating lobster on a small dock with a great view of the bay. I would choose this place over any restaurant in Rockland, not only for the fresh lobster that they catch themselves but for the experience of eating it outdoors. Don't pass this up if you...

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  • More Lobster Heaven

    Lincolnville is located between Rockland and Belfast on a nice drive inland of the bays. When you come to Lincolnville this lobster pound restaurant is located right on the beach. There are three other seafood places, and during my trip I tried two. I am covering the other one in another tip.Of all the places, it seemed more like a Denny's kind of...

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Rockland Nightlife

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    by AnitaJRT Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Just watching the sun set, and then the stars. GLORIOUS! Sorry about the hook in the middle of the sunset picture.

    Dress Code: Anything dry! LOL

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Rockland Transportation

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    by AnitaJRT Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Via car or bus from Portland, we had caught a cheap flight out of Philadelphia. You can arrange the ground transportation through the schooner.
    The Schooner carries a small sailboat and a couple of rowboats for venturing into a small town. We usually put down anchor in private coves at night, but this particular evening we were in the harbor of a small fishing village and some of the passengers went ashore. I staid back for the homemade ice cream, of course.

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Rockland Shopping

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    Rockland, Main St. Route 1

    by ladyanne Updated Aug 18, 2005

    Full of all kinds of "Lighthouse" Memorabilia, prints, sculptures, momentoes, history, books, etc.

    What to buy: Coastal art and prints, clothes, book stores, art store supplies, cafes, etc.

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Rockland What to Pack

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    by AnitaJRT Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Pack light (no room to store items in the cabins) but pack for a variety of weather. We had everything from bright sunny days to dank and dismal, bone chilling fog.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Foul weather gear please. My rubber deck shoes were my best friends during this trip!

    Miscellaneous: This boat has a huge locker for the passenger's liquor, so bring your favorite 'brew.' We were travelling with my husband's parents (the best travel companions) and had a great time.

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Rockland Off The Beaten Path

  • Great Lighthouse Visit

    Southeast of Rockland there is Owl's Head State Park. Great photo ops and a pathway to visit a lighthouse are to be found. You can walk easily to this place and even lay out a blanket and picnic on a sunny day. The lighthouse is very picturesque.. see photos. They have information provided on the history of the lighthouse in front.If you have...

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  • Rockland Public Pier, Rockland Harbor,...

    Off Route One just a minute away is the Rockland Public Pier and Landing. On Rockland Harbor you will have a view of the Breakwater Lighthouse and walkway which is a mile long and can be walked, also the boats and an opportunity to sign up for a sail on the "Morning in Maine" schooner

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  • Rockland Public Landing, Harbor, Maine

    Rockland is one of the nicest harbors you will visit and see. Beautiful and known for it's deep moorings and safe keeping.This public landing hosts many traveling sailling vessels and pleasure cruise boats.A place to stop and anchor for a bit of respit, with a shower and new supplies.The "Harbor Master" is welcoming to the travelor of the Seas.

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Rockland Favorites

  • Maine Lighthouse Museum, Rockland, Maine

    The Maine Lighthouse Museum is in Rockland Maine. And a must for the lover of lighthouses.There is a great museum store.This PHOTO is of the "Breakwater Lighthouse" in the Rockland Maine Harbor. One of many in the area.

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  • Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockland Maine...

    This Maine lighthouse is called the Breakwater Lighthouse, it is on a breakwater walkway that is open to the public and is a mile long. The lighthouses of Maine....are a history of now and then....a beacon for all sea going wayfarers for generations. Maine has the most lighthouse on the Eastern Coastline. Michigan has the most non-coastal...

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  • Lobsters and Sailing Boats.

    Rockland is known for it's Lobster Festival and it's Harbor of Boats and Sailing Vessels.One of the best on the Maine coast.Plan on spending some time here in Rockland, you can schedule a ride on the "Morning in Maine" Schooner, go to the museum, shop on the Main Street.....go down the Spruce Head and Tenants Harbor Peninsula for touring. And eat...

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