Last weekend, the team traveled to Camden/Rockport for a friend’s wedding. The rehearsal dinner took place at Rockport Marine Park and we can’t imagine a lovelier setting for a family celebration. CP#1’s and #2’s Uncle Neil, who was visiting from San Francisco, took one look at the picturesque harbor and said, “I want to move here.” We’re fairly certain most visitors are similarly charmed. The park offers generous open space for kids to run and play, along with views of lobster boats and schooners.
The park is also home to honorary harbormaster André the Seal, who spent summers entertaining visitors to Rockport Harbor. Today, a granite statue commemorating André resides in the park. Our duo was taken with André, and took turns pretending to feed him pebbles, while asking what it’s like to be a seal.
After their visit with André, CP#1 and #2 played on a steam locomotive reminiscent of similar engines that transported lime on Rockport’s narrow gauge tracks in the late 1800’s. The kids also enjoyed climbing a giant, steel buoy near the harbormaster’s office. At low tide, there’s a small beach on the opposite side of the building, where we searched for tiny crabs in the sand.
While we were there, families were eating outdoors, playing and enjoying the view. A few brave teens even jumped off the pier into the water below. Can’t say the team will be swimming the harbor waters anytime soon, but we can’t wait to return with picnic baskets in hand.
Rockport Marine Park
111 Pascal Avenue