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Rockland, Maine, home of the windjammers, prospered because of its harbor: with little fresh water flowing into it, it doesn't usually freeze in winter, so it's a major lobster & fishing port.




Rockland, Maine, 78 miles (126 km) northeast of Portland (map), is a fine old Maine seaside town with an appealing, historic Main Street, a busy working harbor, lots of lobster boats, several significant art museums, excellent inns, good restaurants, two picturesque lighthouses, and numerous annual festivals and special activities that draw eager visitors.


Rockland harbor, protected by a mile-long jetty, is the home port for many splendid Maine windjammers, tall sailing ships that will take you along the spectacular Maine coast on multi-day (and multi-night) nautical expeditions.

Maine windjammers (sailing boats)
Take a cruise on a Maine windjammer...

Art Museums

Whether you're coming for the purpose of sailing away from Rockland on a windjammer, catching a ferryboat to Vinalhaven or Matinicus islands, or visiting the Center for Maine Contemporary Art or the renowned Farnsworth Art Museum to see the work of painter Andrew Wyeth, taking a break for lunch, a half-day's sightseeing and shopping, or an overnight or weekend in a historic inn or comfortable motel, Rockland has what you want.

Main Street, Rockland, Maine
Main Street, Rockland, Maine

Transportation Museum

Owl's Head Transportation Museum is among Maine's treasures, with its priceless stagecoaches, classic automobiles, aircraft, and an army of eager volunteers who restore, preserve, drive and fly them at any opportunity. More...


Rockland likes to think of itself as the "Lobster Capital of the World," but however that may be, there are lots of Maine lobsters available in Rockland's surprisingly excellent restaurants.

In December, Rocklanders erect a pseudo-Christmas tree built of lobster traps decorated with evergreens and colorful lobster-trap buoys.

In short, lobster is big here. Enjoy it when you visit. More...

Inns & Pies

In January, the Historic Inns of Rockland organize Pies on Parade, a festival of culinary arts and treats—particularly desserts. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

What to See & Do

Rockland Inns & Motels

Rockland Restaurants

Rockland Transportation

Tourist Information

Ferryboats to Vinalhaven
& Matinicus Islands

Maine Windjammers


Midcoast Maine

Penobscot Bay

Maine Highlights

Maine Homepage


Paris Girls Secret Society, the new novel by Tom Brosnahan


Rockland ME Lighthouse

Above, Rockland light, at the end
of a mile-long jetty.

Andrew Wyeth, artist



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