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Rockland, Maine

Journey to the heart of the mid-coast region, where lighthouse history and northeastern American art prevail. The quaint city of Rockland, Maine is home to charming redbrick facades, and its pastoral outskirts have been known to inspire notable American artists such as Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Cole. Experience the breathtaking landscapes and enchanting small-town way of life for yourself on a New England cruise that visits Rockland.

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Rockland, Maine

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Maine’s incredible natural setting of rolling hills, rocky crags with crashing waves, and miles of open fields have inspired generations of artists to put paint to canvas. The Farnsworth Art Museum has amassed an amazing collection of the best art showcasing the state. Spend an afternoon strolling through its halls, and make sure you stop by the Wyeth Center, a repurposed United Methodist Church which has been converted to house the large works of three generations of Wyeths.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Satisfy your curiosity for lighthouses at the Maine Lighthouse Museum, home to the country’s largest collection of lighthouse and U.S. Coast Guard artifacts.
  • Cruising to Rockland in August? Don’t miss the Maine Lobster Festival during the first week of August. Enjoy five days of unique seafood-based celebrations commemorating the city’s abundance of lobster.
  • Take a 2-mile stroll to and from the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, a 19th century lighthouse that’s open during the summer and fall seasons.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

The city’s main export is lobster, so expect many lobster-based dishes to please your palate during your stay – from one-, two- and three-pound lobster dinners to tantalizing lobster bisques and rolls. Dishes are paired with traditional American sides such as corn on the cob, coleslaw and potato salad. End any meal in Rockland with a tasty pie ranging in flavor from chocolate cream to rhubarb. It’s a culinary experience you won’t forget.

Shopping for Bargains

Landscaped sidewalks, ocean breezes and a host of shops, galleries and restaurants within easy walking distance conspire to make your shopping experience in downtown Rockland truly memorable. Rockland’s Main Street is where you want to be for the best shopping opportunities. Here you’ll find boutique shops with designer clothes, jewelry stores and plenty of antique shops to keep you busy all day. It’s also home to several eco-certified restaurants and other eateries that serve Rockland’s finest local wines. The harbor and waterfront are within blocks of the downtown area and free parking is plentiful. The Maine State Ferry Service terminal, with service to several Penobscot Bay islands, is within walking distance of downtown. Rockland also features many museums whose works focus on the region's beauty and traditions. Downtown Rockland offers tourists and residents year-round shopping, dining and entertainment in a setting whose beauty is unforgettable.

Local Currency

The official currency of the United States is the U.S. Dollar (USD).

Weather in Rockland, Maine


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 30° -1.11°
Average Low 13° -10.56°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
Record High 63° 17.22°
Record Low -28° -33.33°
Precipitation Inches Centimeters
Average Precip. 5.54 in 14.07 cm

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