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Rockland is called the "Lobster Capital of the World," and is famous for its' annual Maine Lobster Festival, a tradition for over 50 years, and usually held in August. The town is located northeast of Portland between the cities of Damariscotta and Rockport along U.S. Highway 1. This region along the middle coast Maine is known for its' quaint fishing villages, rocky coastline with hundreds of harbors and inlets and some of the best waters for sailing and boating. A mile-long granite breakwater protects Rockland Harbor, making it one of the best recreational harbors on the East Coast and home to more windjammers than any other port in the country. As an entry point to beautiful Penobscot Bay, Rockland offers everything from day trips to weeklong excursions to the outer islands in the Bay. Rockland's downtown has been designated a National Historic District, and Main Street is lined with boutiques, art galleries, coffee shops and fine restaurants. Other points of interest include the Wyeth Center, Farnsworth Homestead and Art Museum, and the Shore Village Museum, nicknamed "America's Lighthouse Museum," which houses exhibits of U.S. Coast Guard relics. All this combines to make Rockland an excellent choice for a midcoast Maine vacation.

Surrounding areas: Owls Head, Maine (2.8 mi), Thomaston, Maine (4.0 mi), Rockport, Maine (5.5 mi), Warren, Maine (6.3 mi), Camden, Maine (7.3 mi), Union, Maine (10.6 mi), North Haven/Vinalhaven Islands, Maine (12.0 mi)

Rockland Vacation Rentals

Rockland Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Navigator Motor Inn520 Main StRockland, ME (207) 594-2131
Samoset Resort220 Warrenton StRockport, ME1.9 mi.(800) 341-1650
Hampton Inn & Suites - Rockland Maine190 New County RdThomaston, ME4.0 mi.(207) 594-6644
Blackberry Inn82 Elm StCamden, ME7.0 mi.(207) 236-6060
Black Horse InnUS Rt 1 - Atlantic HwyCamden, ME7.3 mi.(207) 236-6800
Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inns11 Tannery LnCamden, ME7.3 mi.(207) 236-0500
Lodge At Camden HillsCamden, ME7.3 mi.(207) 236-8478
East Wind InnTenants Harbor, ME10.9 mi.(207) 372-6366
MT Battie MotelRR 3 Box 570Lincolnville, ME12.9 mi.(207) 236-3870
Belfast Harbor Inn91 Searsport Ave Rt 1Belfast, ME22.5 mi.(207) 338-2740
Comfort Inn Ocean's EdgeRR 5 Box 5290Belfast, ME22.5 mi.(207) 338-2090
Gull MotelRR 5 Box 5377Belfast, ME22.5 mi.(207) 338-4030
Light's Motel & Restaurant215 E Main StSearsport, ME26.7 mi.(207) 548-2405
Edgecomb InnEddy RdEdgecomb, ME27.7 mi.(207) 882-6343
Lee Ward VillageHC 65 Box 776East Boothbay, ME28.9 mi.(207) 633-3681
Bed & Breakfast
Lakeshore Inn Bed & Breakfast184 Lakeview DrRockland, ME (207) 594-4209

Rockland Weather & Climate

The southern coast of Maine near the Penobscot Bay has very comfortable summers and falls, cold winters with frequent thaws and late, changeable springs. Summers are mild to cool by most people's standards, with very few summer nights too warm and humid for sleeping. Autumn has the greatest number of sunny days along the coast and is perfect for fall sightseeing. Winters are cold, but not as severe as the northeastern part of the state along the Canadian border. The White Mountains, to the northwest, keep considerable snow from reaching the Portland area and also help moderate the temperature. Normal precipitation is remarkably uniform throughout the year. Winds are generally light with the strongest being in the months of March and November. Temperatures well below freezing are reported each year, and cold waves sometimes come along with strong winds. Blizzards are possible but infrequent in Maine.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 9°F 4.76 in. 38°F
February 31°F 12°F 3.43 in. 36°F
March 39°F 22°F 4.73 in. 38°F
April 50°F 33°F 4.74 in. 44°F
May 61°F 43°F 4.38 in. 49°F
June 70°F 53°F 3.80 in. 55°F
July 76°F 59°F 3.19 in. 59°F
August 74°F 58°F 2.90 in. 62°F
September 66°F 50°F 4.31 in. 57°F
October 56°F 39°F 4.79 in. 54°F
November 45°F 29°F 5.25 in. 52°F
December 34°F 17°F 4.98 in. 44°F

Rockland Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Knox County Regional airport (RKD) located about 3 miles south of Rockland, the Augusta State airport (AUG) located approximately 36 miles northwest of Rockland in Augusta, Maine, the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located roughly 40 miles northwest of Rockland in Waterville, Maine, the Hancock County Bar Harbor airport (BHB) located around 44 miles northeast of Rockland in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Bangor International airport (BGR) located about 50 miles northeast of Rockland in Bangor, Maine, the Auburn Lewiston Municipal airport (LEW) located approximately 58 miles west of Rockland in Auburn / Lewiston, Maine, and finally the Portland International Jetport airport (PWM) located roughly 67 miles west of Rockland in Portland, Maine.

Rockland Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Palace PlaylandOld Orchard BeachME75.1 mi.
Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.SacoME78.5 mi.
Water Parks
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME43.3 mi.
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME78.5 mi.
Water CountryPortsmouthNH109.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Rockland Golf ClubRocklandME 
Goose River Golf ClubRockportME5.3 mi.
Northport Golf ClubNorthportME17.5 mi.
Island Country ClubSunsetME21.5 mi.
Castine Golf ClubCastineME24.9 mi.
Wawenock Country ClubWalpoleME25.1 mi.
Searsport Pines Golf CourseSearsportME26.0 mi.
Boothbay Country ClubBoothbayME29.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME7.3 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME77.4 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME77.9 mi.
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME79.4 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME81.1 mi.
Sunday RiverBethelME85.4 mi.
SaddlebackRangeleyME95.8 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME96.2 mi.
Wildcat MountainJacksonNH102.5 mi.
Waterville ValleyWaterville ValleyNH119.0 mi.
State Parks
Owls Head State ParkME3.9 mi. 
Camden Hills State ParkME12.5 mi. 
Damariscotta Lake State ParkME17.5 mi. 
Lake Saint George State ParkME23.2 mi. 
Moose Point State ParkME23.8 mi. 
Fort Edgecomb State ParkME27.8 mi. 
Fort Point State ParkME28.5 mi. 
Peacock Beach State ParkME36.6 mi. 
Reid State ParkME37.3 mi. 
Farnsworth Art MuseumRocklandME(Art)
L.C. Bates MuseumHinckleyME47.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)

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