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15 Best Things To Do in Rockland, Maine

Rockland brick buildings

Nestled along the shores of Penobscot Bay in MidCoast, Maine, the city of Rockland is waiting to be explored. In this article, I’ll cover the best things to do in Rockland from my recent visit.

Known for its vibrant arts scene, historic lighthouses, and mouthwatering seafood, this beautiful coastal town blends New England tradition and modern flair.

Rockland brick buildings
Downtown Rockland

Whether strolling down Main Street, indulging in a fresh lobster roll, or setting sail on a scenic windjammer cruise, Rockland promises a memorable experience for travelers of all tastes.

So grab your camera and your appetite, and let’s explore the top things to do in Rockland, Maine.


Maine’s historic lighthouses are a popular draw along its rugged coast, and Rockland is a great place to check two off the list.

1. Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

In the mid-1800s, several storms battered Rockland Harbor. From 1890 to 1889, the United States Army Corps of Engineers built a massive 4,000-foot-long granite breakwater to protect the town. It used more than 768,000 tons of rock to do so.

In 1902, the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse was added to the end to warn sailors of the stone barrier and entrance to the harbor. The lighthouse was automated in 1964.

Visitors can walk the nearly mile-long breakwater for a closer look at the lighthouse. It’s best to time your walk at low tide and only go out in clear, dry conditions.

During my brief stay in town, there was thick fog and low visibility, so I decided against making the walk to this historic lighthouse by myself.

The lighthouse’s parking lot is about 2.3 miles from downtown Rockland, so it’s best to drive, get a taxi, or take a bike.

Travel Tip: Rideshare apps don’t operate in Rockland. There are two local taxi companies (but only one accepts rides on weekends without a reservation in advance).

2. Owls Head Lighthouse

Owls Head Lighthouse
Owls Head Lighthouse

The second active lighthouse in Rockland is the 30-foot Owls Head Lighthouse in Owls Head State Park, about 5.8 miles south of the city.

It was built in 1825 atop a nearly 80-foot bluff and can be visited on foot through the park or viewed from the water, as I did aboard the Schooner J & E Riggin.


Museums, art galleries, and public art are all easily accessible on foot in downtown Rockland, Maine.

3. Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum
Farnsworth Art Museum

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland is a…

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