Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse sits at the edge of a mile-long breakwater, with a keeper house and fog signal building by its side. Both the 25-foot lighthouse tower and the keeper’s lodging are open to visitors, who can even climb to the top of the lantern. The lighthouse boasts incredible unobstructed views of the harbor, of moving sea vessels, birds, and harbor seals, and if lucky visitors may spot the odd dolphin too.
In the 1850s massive waves caused damages to the structures found at the harbor, as a result after a number of petitions and a senator intervention a breakwater was built in 1899. This had to be altered and built higher just a year later. The lighthouse was built in 1902, to avoid navigational accidents, its lights became automated in 1964 and was refurbished in 1990 by the Coast Guard. Since 1999, the Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light has been owned by the City of Rockland and maintained by the Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights, however, the lighthouse duties are still carried out by the Coast Guard.
Rockland Breakwater is open from sunrise to sunset, while tours are free there is a suggested donation one should give. While there are no restrooms in the lighthouse, there are facilities near the parking lot. The tour can get quite chilly and windy, so warm clothing is recommended. The same goes for good footwear, especially as climbing to the lantern room involves going up steps and a ladder.
Whether you choose to follow a quick tour of this historic lighthouse and keeper’s house, or simply take a peaceful walk on Rockland’s promenade and breakwater this area is undeniably gorgeous.