Home to the country's largest windjammer fleet, and the Gateway to Penobscot Bay.
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Rockland & Camden both boast a sizable fleet of boat tours which offer an array of cruising options of scenic Penobscot Bay.
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Camden Hills State Park
A 5,700 acre park with hiking trails, oceanside picnic area and a 800 foot summit with sweeping views of Penobscot Bay.
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For amazing views visit Maiden's Cliff—a giant rock outcropping that rises 800 feet from Megunticook Lake in neaby Camden Maine.
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Owls Head Transportation Museum
Owls Head Transportation Museum
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The Owls Head Transportation Museum houses a unique collection of antique automobiles, airplanes, bicycles and engines. What makes the museum different from similar museums is that all of the vehicles still operate.
With over 150 working exhibits, the museum's exhibition hall covers the evolution of transportation over nearly two centuries. Highlights are a World War I bi-plane, a 1935 Stout Scarab (called the world's first minivan), and the 1963 prototype of the Ford Mustang.
Top Rockland Maine Sightseeing Attractions - the most popular destinations in the Rockland area you should see
The moment you arrive to Rockland Maine, you will be amazed at how much you want to see and experience during your stay in this beautiful coastal town. The Rockland Maine area is home to some of the most breathtaking ocean views, historic lighthouses, unique summer festivals, and distinctive attractions you can uncover in the state of Maine. Situated against beautiful hills and right along the clear blue waters of Penobscot Bay, Rockland Maine offers access to sights and activities that cannot be replicated anywhere else.
It can be difficult to narrow down the list of places to see and things to do in Rockland, so we have compiled a guide that outlines the most popular sightseeing attractions in the area. In providing the best local perspective, we have chosen to include our favorite destinations and detail why they are worth this special recognition. Of course, the Rockland Maine attractions and activities are extensive and cannot be limited to this list, so be sure to check out the Things to Do page. Above all, we hope our insights into the Rockland Maine hotspots and destinations will better help you plan the trip you want.
Our List of Top Rockland Maine Area Attractions
|Rockland & Rockland Harbor
A classic working harbor town home to Maine's largest windjammer fleet, ferries to the islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven and Matinicus, historic bed and breakfast inns, unique boutiques, galleries and craft shops, fine dining, and the Farnsworth Art Museum - one of New England's most respected art galleries.
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|Rockland Breakwater - Rockland, ME
A man-made granite breakwater that juts out nearly a mile from the Rockland Harbor shoreline. It was built to protect the harbor. The Rockland Breakwater offers a small sandy beach, panoramic ocean views and nearly a mile long walk to the Rockland Breawater Light at the end of the pier.
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|Owls Head Light - Owls Head, ME
Built in 1826, Owls Head Light is located in Western Penobscot Bay, at the southern side of the entrance to Rockland Harbor. The lighthouse is a surprisingly short 30-foot cylindrical tower constructed of granite and brick. It is a white tower with a black lantern. Despite the tower’s height, the light shines 100 feet above sea level, thanks to a well-placed hill.
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"The Gateway to Penobscot Bay" is how this part of the Maine coast is billed. Rockland sits on Penobscot Bay, considered by many as one of the top cruising bays in the world. Penobscot Bay offers some of Maine's most beautiful coastal scenery - spectacular offshore islands and high hills rising above the blue bay. A variety of boat cruises on Penobscot Bay leave from both Rockland and nearby Camden Harbor each day.
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|Owls Head Transportation Museum - Owls Head, ME
The Owls Head Transportation Museum located in Owls Head is home to an operating collection of antique aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages, motorcycles and engines. The museum hosts a variety of special events that include vintage car rallies, antique airplane shows and free Model T rides.
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|Farnsworth Art Museum - Rockland ME
The Farnsworth Art Museum located in Rockland Maine is nationally known for its large collection of Wyeth family paintings in the new Wyeth Center. The museum highlights works of art from American artists primarily from the late 18th to 20th century in its 20,000 square feet of exhibition space.
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|Maine Lighthouse Museum - Rockland, ME
The Maine Lighthouse Museum contains the largest collection of rare and priceless fresnel lenses, lighthouse artifacts, buoys, working lights, sound signals, bells, ship models, Coast Guard search and rescue gear and lifesaving memorabilia in the country.
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|Camden Hills State Park
A 5,700 acre state park with 30 miles of hiking trails, an oceanside picnic area, a family campground, a winding auto road up to the 800 foot summit of Mount Battie with sweeping views of Penobscot Bay, and Mount Megunticook - one of the highest points on the Atlantic seaboard.
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|Camden & Camden Harbor
A stylish Maine seaside village community situated at the foot of Camden Hills containing a windjammer fleet, historic Victorian inns, unique boutiques, galleries, shops, creative fine dining, local cultural activities, and a picturesque harbor that no Hollywood movie set could ever match.
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|Maiden's Cliff - Camden Hills State Park
Maiden's Cliff offers just one of many spectacular views in Camden Hills State Park. Maiden’s Cliff is a rock outcropping formation that juts out 800 feet above Megunticook Lake and overlooks Ragged Mountain to the west and remains one of the most popular hiking trails in Camden Hills State Park.
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|Rockport & Rockport Harbor
A quaint harbor village, home to the Rockport Opera House, windjammers, a small marine park, and one of Maine's best art galleries - the Maine Center for Comtemporary Art. Rockport is also known for "Andre the seal", the legendary harbor seal who lived and performed here during the 1970s and early 1980s. You can see his statute at the Rockport Marine Park.
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|Penobscot Narrows Observatory - Prospect ME
OK, while technically not a local area attraction, the Penobscot Narrows Observatory offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Midcoast region of Maine. The top of the tower is 42 stories above the Penobscot Narrows Bridge which makes this observatory the tallest public bridge observatory in the world at 420 feet high.
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|Fort Knox Historic Site - Prospect ME
Located right next to the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, Fort Knox is just an hour's drive from Rockland. Fort Knox is Maine's most visited historic site. It features amazing architecture and unparalleled master craftsmanship. It stands alone as the New England area's most impressive unmodified example of military architecture of that particular period and is well worth the visit especially if you have kids.
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|Barrett's Cove - Camden, ME
This hidden cove on Megunticook Lake in Camden is relatively quiet, small, and picturesque. The beach has a designated roped off swimming area and there is a diving float anchored a few hundred feet from the shore. There is also a large shallow swimming area for smaller children which allows them to play safely in the water.
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