Maine Open Lighthouse Day on Sept. 12, 2009 is the first of it’s kind and offers the public an opportunity to tour numerous participating lighthouses that are rich in history and surrounded by natural beauty.
The Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse is just one of the many lighthouses in the Camden area and nearby Cedarholm Garden Bay Inn that provides additional scenic views of the open ocean, boating, offshore islands and the Camden Hills. The less than 1 mile walk is enjoyable and offers many opportunities for more up close views of working lobster fisherman and marine life at the entrance to Rockland Harbor.
On the day we walked the breakwater we were fortunate to view harbor seals, seabirds, starfish, sea urchins and a prowling small shark called a dogfish. It is like having an aquarium at your feet.
The Lighthouse is open most weekends in the summer thanks to Friends Of The Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. It is being lovingly restored and inside you will find a gift shop with friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who are more than happy to answer questions on Rockland’s lighthouse and breakwater history. You may also self guide, reading the posted and pictured history from room to room and then wander your way to the top into the light.
After walking up a short flight of spiral stairs you’re now inside of the light!
Exiting atop the light one has 360 degree views.