Dozens of picturesque islands, celebrated lighthouse and charming harbors bobbing with lobster buoys inhabit the Penobscot Bay. Along with the natural and man made wonders, historic inns, boutiques, shops, galleries, and fine restaurants have made Rockland a popular spot for visitors.
One of the area’s most respected art centers is the Farnsworth Art Museum located downtown. A visit to its elegant galleries will show you an extensive collection of American art, including many 18th through 21st century artists.
An engineering marvel that protects Rockland Harbor and helped secure its fishing industry is the 4,300-foot granite breakwater that extends into Penobscot Bay. It provides you with a great place to fish and watch working and pleasure sea crafts or stroll out to the Breakwater Lighthouse.
There’s reason to believe that Rockland’s claim as the “Lobster Capital of the World” has merit. Each year in early August Rockland hosts a five-day mammoth lobster festival celebrated with 25,000 pounds of lobsters in a wonderful party atmosphere. For festival lovers, don’t miss Rockland’s Schooner Days in early July with the country’s largest windjammer fleet sailing in procession in the harbor or the North American Blues Festival held in Harbor Park.