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Rockland Breakwater Light, Rockland

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Perched at the end of a long, narrow, man-made spit, Rockland Breakwater Light is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an important example of a small-town New England lighthouse. Wander out to the lighthouse on a nearly 1.6 km (1 mi) long trail along the protective stone wall and see the structure that helps to protect the nearby town during storms and inclement weather. The building has undergone several structural iterations and upgrades during its lifetime and only narrowly avoided being scrapped by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1965. Keep in mind that rough weather can often make the breakwater inaccessible, though you can also get out to the lighthouse by boat. To visit Rockland Breakwater Light on your holiday in Rockland, and find out what else Rockland has to offer, use our Rockland.
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  • It was a warm and sunny day in September. As a senior, my balance isn't what it used to be but I had my hiking stick with me and determination to make it to the end. I was careful to check the tide.....  more
    It was a warm and sunny day in September. As a senior, my balance isn't what it used to be but I had my hiking stick with me and determination to make it to the end. I was careful to check the tide.....  more »
  • If you are in Rockland, one of the things to do is the Breakwater walk. It is a walk to the lighthouse out in the harbor. It is not for everyone because you are walking on a rocky surface and it... 
    If you are in Rockland, one of the things to do is the Breakwater walk. It is a walk to the lighthouse out in the harbor. It is not for everyone because you are walking on a rocky surface and it...  more »
  • The walk in the breakwater out to the light is amazing! And surprisingly long! It looks like it’s just a short little walk but then you get on it and walk, and walk. But it’s so cool how the granite.....  more
    The walk in the breakwater out to the light is amazing! And surprisingly long! It looks like it’s just a short little walk but then you get on it and walk, and walk. But it’s so cool how the granite.....  more »
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  • Mile long walk to the lighthouse. Pretty easy going, just pay attention to cracks in between rocks. Can walk all around lighthouse, no access inside. Recommend using restroom before heading out as there is none once you get out there. If your lucky, you'll see sailboats and gulls and cormorants. Not the most photogenic of lighthouses unless you have someone with a boat. Dog friendly.
  • No bathrooms available. Dog friendly. Plastic poop bags available at park entrance. This place is not wheelchair or walker friendly. There was plenty of parking, although the area was in rough shape and our low riding car couldn't park on the slope without hitting. The walk is long and beautiful. Be careful on the granite, it is uneven, had big gaps, and is slippery in spots. It was still doable in sandals. We saw a grey seal and cormorants while walking to the lighthouse. Keep your eyes open for wildlife. Many people were tidepooling at the beginning of the walk since it was low tide. There were many people fishing. At the last dock before the lighthouse, there was a family jumping off and swimming. I'm not sure if that's actually allowed or not. No lifeguards around. There's a picnic table next to the flagpole right in front of the lighthouse, but any of the large rocks make a great spot for a picnic. Beware of seagulls if you do bring goodies. Makes sure to walk around the lighthouse and up the stairs.
  • Also known as spider house, since every window has 30 spiders living on it... Actually a really cool place, and a really nice walk to get there. Not an easy or short walk, but worth it. Great views of the harbor and the lighthouse. You might even get to see a seagull eating a starfish...... and a lot of spiders.
  • The Rockland Breakwater is one of those places you have to see if you live in Maine. Situated near the working harbor and the gated Samoset Resort the Breakwater has neat ocean views but no real beach. This is an engineering wonder, not a natural one, and is worth seeing. The Breakwater is crazy long and not for the timid. The lighthouse itself is small but pretty and manned by great volunteers. There is a suggested donation for the tour, but no set fee. This is a great short outing for kids and a common first date for locals. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
  • Short walk on a path near the water to get to the breakwater, which is composed of HUGE rocks. It was cool to walk along it. Lots of seagulls too. We were there at low tide so can’t speak to high tide. This was a spur of the moment decision an so glad we went.

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