What to do in Rockland, Maine?
The Farnsworth Art Museum, summer home of 3 generations of the Wyeth family and the great collection of Maine art, The Louise Nevelson Gallery a permanent collection of this Rockland natives art works or interesting special exhibits like Robert Indiana, from just off the shore from Vinalhaven , displaying his sculptures on the roof of the museum!
Or maybe it's The Maine Lobster Festival, 5 days, 20,000 pounds of lobster and 1,000 community volunteers hosting visitors worldwide to Rockland. People come to Rockland and are surprised with the genuine non touristy community they find. We are a year round community, whose population doubles everyday with a dedicated workforce. Visitors come back year after year, because they feel welcome, they have not finished the “Places to See” list , and want to go back to favorite shops, restaurants and see old friends. After visiting many times, some move here, spend summers and invest in our community.
Our fishing heritage is always available to learn about, hands on or to watch while out on a harbor cruise on a daysailer, historic boat or kayak. Go out on a lobster boat and learn how to pull traps with a lobsterman on his daily rounds. Three lighthouses are within a half hour drive, Owls Head, Rockland Breakwater and Marshall Point all on the national Register of Historic Places. Light hiking at all lighthouses offer a great family adventure.
Rockland has no shortage of Inns, The Historic Inns group, Limerock Inn, Berry Manor, Capt Lindsey House, and Granite Inn offer green accommodations to visitors, two motels and other inns round out places to stay while shopping and dining downtown.
Our diverse restaurants offer fine dining with ethnic foods to cafe's & diners offering good local fare. We have James Beard award winning chefs in Rockland. Visitors sometimes ask where the locals eat... and we proudly say the same places our visitors do!
If you are a shopper you will enjoy a day of strolling from shop to shop... boutiques featuring fashion designers, museum stores, antiques, custom designed jewelry, wonderful department stores and places to shop for that perfect gift. Galleries round out our shopping experience, the perfect place to take home a piece of Maine art.
We hear on the streets “Rockland is so great to walk around!” We have a very walk able Main Street, easy for strolling and shopping and walking between museums. A glimpse of Rockland Harbor is never far away. If you are looking to do some waterfront walking, our boardwalk starting in Harbor Park is a great way to catch a fishing boat going out, a lobsterman coming in, or sailboats out for a leisurely sail. The view of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, on the National Register of Historic Places, can be seen from anywhere on the waterfront. If you are up for a vigorous walk, it is a 8/10 mile out to the Lighthouse on 1800's local granite placed by oxen. Be sure to bring your camera, always something interesting in the harbor!
Visitors can arrive by bus at the Ferry station, and a short walk or taxi ride will take them to the wharf to catch a windjammer vacation, or stay downtown. Consider a Trolley ride, to give you a historic tour of Rockland.