An aerial view of Breakwater Lighthouse
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Cruise to Rockland, Maine

With just over 7,000 residents, the small-town feel is alive in Rockland, Maine. A quintessential New England fishing town, Rockland is situated in the Midcoast region of the state, surrounded by miles of ocean and lush forests. The city is quickly making a name for itself in Maine's art scene — with eight art galleries and countless arts-based businesses, artists and enthusiasts alike are flocking to the area. The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center have collections that number in the thousands and include some of the biggest names in New England and American art. A nearly mile-long granite pier, the Rockland Breakwater, guards Rockland Harbor — don't miss the unique chance to walk between land and water with your Rockland, Maine cruise.
National Language English
Currency Accepted U.S. Dollar (USD)

Things To Do in Rockland

The Breakwater lighthouse in Rockland, Maine

Rockland, Maine, Breakwater Lighthouse

Walk on Water

Walk on Water

The Breakwater was built before the lighthouse to help protect the land from severe weather. Nearly a mile long, today it allows visitors to walk out to the lighthouse snapping photos along the way.

Coastal terrain in Rockland, Maine

Rockland, Maine, Coastal terrain

Soak in the Coast

A work in progress, the Rockland Harbor trail is set to stretch five miles along the coast. Although it isn't finished, there are four miles just waiting to be explored along Maine's rocky, tree-lined coast.

A fish fillet served with artichokes

Rockland, Maine, Fish fillet with artichokes

Local Cuisine

Art isn't the only way the locals express their creativity. The food scene here is ever-changing and about way more than lobster rolls — although those are amazing, too. Using fresh and local ingredients, chefs of Rockland restaurants create delicious dishes year-round. Look for pan-fried local haddock, pig ear terrine and hand-rolled spaghetti. Primo, the town's farm-to-table restaurant, is the area's best-known spot for dinner.

Various ceramic pots

Rockland, Maine, Various ceramic pots

Shopping

Head to Main Street to stock up on local pieces to bring home with you. Stop into the galleries to select works local artists. Cruise to Rockland to look for handmade pottery and jewelry from artisan craftspeople, as well as antique furniture. Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars, Black Parrot, Archipelago: The Island Institute Store and fourTWELVE are a few of the shops worth popping into.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 If you plan on walking the Breakwater, wear sneakers, as the terrain is not even.
2 Rockland is a year-round destination, but the nights can get chilly even in the summer, so bring an extra layer.

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