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“One of those things you have to do”

Ranked #2 of 37 things to do in Rockland
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Owner description: Visitors can explore the beach area surrounding the lighthouse that was built at the beginning of the 20th century.
Webster, New York
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44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“One of those things you have to do”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

If you visit Rockland, the Breakwater Lighthouse is a must do. Wear your walking shoes because you're headed for a 2 mile round trip trek on a man made jetty that was constructed in the 1800's from large pieces of granite by immigrant labor. Outside of the fact that Mother Nature didn't give those poor men perfect square blocks of stone to work with, they did a pretty damn good job! Thanks for the trail to the lighthouse fellas.
If you're lucky, you may get a chance to see the lobsterman checking their traps. We did and it was interesting. Sorry liber's but it is what it is- 1800's the men did the heavy lifting and the boat we saw had 2 men working it....don't shoot the messenger

Visited June 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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205 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Unique but I got bored after a few minutes”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

I believe you should drive there and see it for sure. However, the actually walk is not so interesting as you get the same view all the way. You should also mind your step because there are some cracks between rocks.

Visited June 2014
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Lexington, Kentucky
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Walk is best part”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

We had a great time walking the almost one mile breakwater out to the lighthouse. The distance can be deceiving as you walk and watching your step is a must. The house of the lighthouse is worth the walk.

Visited June 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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101 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Tips for seeing the schooners from the Light....”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

Several schooners dock in Rockland, most go out on weekly or shorter trips with passengers ( an experience like no other! ) Three ( Heritage , American Eagle, and Isaac Evans live at the North End Shipyard just south of the breakwater, near the Irving gas station ) interesting to see them there too) and in summer months they typically leave for the week on Monday mornings between 10:30 and 11:30, and sail right past the breakwater. Interesting to see them set sail, and fun for their passengers to wave at the breakwater/lighthouse tourists! ( yes I have been a passenger annually for almost 20 years!). These schooners return on Saturday mornings between 9:30 and 11am, generally, and again, often come close enough to speak to you. Also, the Maine Windjammer association has a website, to see all the ships and their schedules, some weeks there are special windjammer gatherings near the harbors, and 4th of July week each year they all gather for a daylong race, that generally begins and/or ends at the breakwater ( or in Camden harbor) - fun to watch.

Visited July 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The walk is half the fun!”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We stayed at Samoset Resort which is adjacent to the lighthouse so we visited twice. The walk out is really enjoyable. When the weather was nice, the walk was easy. The stones are fairly even, and the gaps between are easy to step over. The second time we went it was rainy, and we felt the walk to be a little more challenging. The path was randomly slick, and our footing was much less sure. It is really nice to enjoy the views along the walk, but as another traveller told me, "Stop, then look around." Words to the wise. While the views in the distance are nice, we also really enjoyed looking down into the water. We were able to identify sea urchins, star fish, and anemone. My 8yos loved it! We ran into a group of biologists with binoculars and got a guided tour of the underwater realm. I don't think you can count on that, so you might want to bring your own binoculars. The lighthouse itself is fun too. You can walk up into the lighthouse and imagine what it would've been like to live there. I would've loved to see some plaques on the walls explaining what that was like, pictures too, but there was neither.

Visited June 2014
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