Andre the Seal Statue
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NHjo
Saco, ME6,696 contributions
Aug 2021
The statue isn't just of any random seal, it's a memorial statue based on a real seal that lived in the harbor for twenty-five years or so. He was found and raised by the Harbormaster at the time, Harry Goodridge. He spent winters at Boston's New England Aquarium then swam back to Rockport Harbor every summer when he was released. Andre died in 1986. Andre and Harry's relationship was the topic of several articles, books, and even a film.
Written August 4, 2021
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Bee_Keeper_05
Crossville, TN365 contributions
Oct 2020
This was on my things to do on my recent trip to Maine.

I was not disappointed once I found it. This was a great place to stop and snap a picture or two. The statue is located in a little park by the Marina.

I thought the Statue was in great shape. I seen a review the face was gone. I thought it looked good for a rock statue. I didn’t see any problem with it, and thought the landscape was taken care of.

This is a neat story to share with your family while visiting.
Written October 16, 2020
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Jennifer G
4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Worth the search. Not the easiest thing to find. I had read about this seal on a trip to the Boston Aquarium so I wanted to see it more than my son. It's in a harbor so my son enjoyed looking at the different boats. There is a small beach there also, so he took a dip in his shorts.

Be advised, the parking lot is on the small side. Not an easy place to park. No campers allowed.
Written September 19, 2021
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leneyB
Clifton Park, NY385 contributions
Jul 2022
Very cute statue and tribute to a heartwarming story of seal and human. We had read the book with our kids and it was nice to see the statue. I wouldn't go out of your way to see it unless it really means something to you.

There are chairs to site and watch the boats and a small beach if you want to splash around a little.
Written July 24, 2022
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KHEF_Pilot
Alexandria, VA43 contributions
Yes, this is the location of the Andre the Seal statue, but there is a lot more to do in this small, picturesque park than just look at the statue. Rockport, ME has one of the more scenic harbors, and I've seen a lot or Maine harbors.

This park boasts a nice little beach (on the opposite side of the building that houses both the harbor master's office and the public showers and restrooms). It has some nice historical sites about the 19th century industries found at the port (Lime production). There are several places that are *wonderful* spots to have a picnic. There are a few short walking paths. And the views are wonderful.

Finally, the Schooner Yacht Heron sails from Rockport. We did not have the time to go for one of their three daily cruises. But hope to the next time we are back. Their 10:30am cruise goes for 3 hours and includes a lobster roll lunch. For $55, a sail and a lobster roll this seems like a great value...The other cruises are a 2:00pm eco tour and a 5:30pm gourmet sunset tour. We spoke with the captain just before their 10:30am cruise and he seems like a great guy to show you a part of the Maine coast.

Do's/Dont's.

Do, bring sunscreen
Do, bring a camera
Do, come early...parking is limited
Do, unless you are considering going for a sail, consider this a brief stop for a larger day trip

Don't...hmmm...I'd imagine a peak weekend might be a bit too crowded, but we came mid week and it was great.
Written August 18, 2009
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brentrap
mass5 contributions
André was a harbor seal who spent his winters at the New England Aquarium in Boston and his summers in Rockport Harbor. Every spring for over 20 years the Seaquarium would release him and André would swim north to Rockport (150+ miles). It was always a high point for local residents when he reappeared. He was the honorary harbormaster.

A marble statue of André was dedicated at harborside in 1978; André unveiled it himself. André died in 1986,.

André was the subject of a lackluster feature film which is not recommended for kids under 12. The book is a great introduction to this great character.

Also at this site is an old Railroad engine and home of the lime ovens, used in the 1800s to turn limestone into lime. Very cool family spot. Bring a picninc and make it a 2-3 hour stop. Some very nice boaters let my children on their sailboat to check it out.
Written July 26, 2008
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Kate L
Bellingham, MA10 contributions
Andre's statue is a great spot to visit with young kids. They will love petting the granite seal and hearing the story about how Andre lived in Rockport Harbor and performed tricks. I would recommend reading the Andre the Seal book before visiting Rockport and the statue since that will make it even more special.
Written August 1, 2008
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mexicofriend
London504 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
OK it is only a statue and it is not in the most buzzing place in Maine. But it is THE ANDRE THE SEAL. Well worth stopping by and taking few pictures! The setting is really nice, and the statue is very lifelike. As the previous review said, it is just a statue, but I drove miles and miles to come down and see it and I am pleased I did. Beside the statue there are some nice artifacts about the lime kiln which was a massive business in the area.

A interesting a relaxing stop on the Maine Coast.
Written November 2, 2013
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OregonNancy
Willamette Valley, OR118 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Andre is back and more beautiful than ever! After reading his story I had to go see him. A quiet little harbor and park to spend time away from crowds. A nice picnic location too.
Written July 9, 2018
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Alice C
Alexandria, VA160 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
My sister and I grew up watching Andre perform in Rockport Harbor. After he passed this became an annual stop. We have pictures of my sister and I at the statue throughout the years. In addition to visiting the statue the view from Rockport Harbor is beautiful and much quieter than Camden or Rockland Harbor. Nice place for a picnic
Written July 13, 2014
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