Rockland, Maine Attractions, Hotels, Dining
on Penobscot Bay, in
the heart of Midcoast
Maine, is Rockland - the harbor city
known as the "Lobster
Capitol of the World".
And for good reason. After all...
...it is in Rockland
Lobster Festival is held.
However, Rockland is about
much more than its Lobster Fest.
With a central location on the Maine coast...
...Rockland is an ideal place from which to begin
your exploration, by
land or by sea...
...of some of the best tourist
that Maine has
Attractions in Rockland, Maine
Rockland can be a great place to call "home"
during a Maine
coastal vacation. With its central location along
the Midcoast of
Maine, it is within an easy drive to many of Maine's other coastal
villages, and cities.
there are plenty of fun things to do in Rockland - especially during
months! Every year Harbor Park in downtown Rockland...
home to the city's most famous festival, the Maine
Thousands of people attend the
gathering that runs Wednesday through Sunday, always beginning
Wednesday before the first FULL weekend in August.
Atlantic Blues Festival and the Maine
Boats, Homes and Harbors Boat Show
also call Rockland home, as well as
lively festivals and fairs.
Enjoy your visit to
Rockland, ME with...
...a walk on the
nearly mile long
Rockland Harbor breakwater to visit the Rockland
Breakwater Lighthouse and gift shop, open
weekends and holidays seasonally.
drive to Owl's
...to the Owls
Head Light State Park and see one of the
14 lighthouses that are within a short drive from Rockland.
Owl's Head Lighthouse and the keeper's house are not open to the
grounds guarding the entrance of Rockland Harbor are, so feel free to
bring a picnic.
Once you look out and see
the billowing sails of a Maine
it's going to be hard to resist setting foot on one of these
magnificent schooners! And, you could not be in a better
place to do so...
...as it is said that Rockland, Maine has the
windjammer fleet in the country.
You too can set sail through
the northern Atlantic waters,
amongst the rustic islands that dot the coastline - some of
which are inhabited
only by the wildlife that know just how great Maine summers can be!
You'll also have
other chances to go boating
in Rockland, ME...
Join Captain Hale on the Captain Jack Lobster Boat
as he heads out to haul lobster traps on a 1-1/4 hour cruise.
On board, you can pick up one of his fishing poles and try
mackerel and cod fishing, or just sit back and wait for the seals,
porpoises, and whales to make their appearance.
And, year round...
operates from Rockland to Vinalhaven, North Haven,
and Matinicus, allowing passengers a first-hand glimpse at how
residents work and play on these remote islands.
When your water adventures
...historic Main Street in Rockland offers plenty
of eating and shopping, and the...
which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Strands features films, live music, and special
events year round.
Rockland, Maine is also home to some unique
Art Museum and Wyeth
Center exhibit the 18th and 19th century
artwork of many famous American artists, with the Wyeth Center
dedicated exclusively to the works of Andrew Wyeth, N. C. Wyeth and
Jamie Wyeth. On the same grounds are the Farnsworth Homestead
and the Olson House.
And, if you are fascinated by lighthouses you may
enjoy the Maine
also known as the Shore Village Museum, which on its website states
it has the "largest collection of lighthouse artifacts and
At the same location you can also visit the Maine Discovery Center for Tourism
and the Lighthouse Depot
Annex Gift Shop.
A bit over two hours driving time north of
You can visit Bar Harbor, Maine
and the Acadia National Park,
where an afternoon can be spent atop
overlooking Frenchman Bay and the northern Atlantic.
Along the way you will pass through the lovely
towns of Rockport, Camden
and Lincolnville, referred to as the "Jewel
of the Maine Coast".
Less than two
hours south of Rockland...
You can experience Portland
Located on the waterfront its historic streets are filled
with art galleries, antique shops, one-of-a-kind boutiques, coffee
houses and restaurants.
On your way to and from Portland, you
will have an opportunity to take some interesting side trips, venturing
off Coastal Route 1 down less traveled roads that head straight out to
the Atlantic, including ME-27 that brings you to the picture perfect
village of Boothbay Harbor.
Or, you can spend a lazy day riding the Maine
as it travels from Rockland to Wiscasset - known as
"Maine's Prettiest Village" - and then on to Bath, with a final stop in
Whatever your interests - fishing, golf, theater,
hiking, boating, sightseeing, dining, or shopping - you
shouldn't be at a
loss for things to do in Rockland, Maine!
Rockland, Maine Hotels, Motels, Inns and
family lodging available, as well as secluded resorts for romantic
getaways, and everything in between - finding lodging
Rockland, or in surrounding towns, should be easy.
your Rockland lodging options are
the Historic Inns
of Rockland, Maine...
Captain Lindsey House, the
Granite Inn, the
LimeRock Inn and AAA Four Diamond, Berry Manor Inn - along with
many other properties that are uniquely Maine,
Inn the Harbor, a New
England Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast steps away from Rockland
Harbor (yes, that is how the name is spelled!)...
Motor Inn, directly across the street from the
Maine State Ferry Terminal...
...or the Lakeshore
Inn, nestled against Dodge Mountain and Lake Chickawaukie.
And, the downtown Tradewinds
Motor Inn, on the harbor, the Victorian style Waterman House
located in Rockland's Historic District, or the Viking Motor Inn on
The list goes on, and as you travel north or south
from Rockland you will find dozens of other great places to call home,
including scenic RV
campgrounds and wooded campsites
as well as gorgeous private homes and quaint cottages.
Rockland, Maine Restaurants
You will be in the "Lobster Capitol of the World",
so you can imagine what that means! But there will be plenty
of other choices as well, for both elegant and casual dining.
The family style Rockland Cafe
lunch and dinner offers all you can eat seafood specials, and...
to have "The Most Exclusive Lobster
in Rockland" is Oceanside
Seafood and Steaks.
Wonderful culinary creations await you at Primoand a
creative menu is served for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch at Amalfi on the Water.
Dine indoors or out at WaterWorks Restaurant and
...try some lobster at Suzuki's Sushi Bar -
yes, that's right, lobster on a sushi menu! But then again,
are in Rockland, Maine.
For those on the go, The Brown Bag
- voted Best Healthy Lunch, Best Sandwich AND Best Chocolate Chip
Cookie - may be perfect. Eat breakfast or lunch in, or take
with you. The restaurant also offers its patrons free
And for the little kids, or big kids, that aren't
quite up to the native fare, Burger King, McDonald's,
are right around the corner in Rockland, Maine!