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Portland Observatory

138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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nice views and breeze

the last of its kind and it sure is a beautiful place to see the views of Portland. Must see on any... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
SherryG487
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Los Angeles, California
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You will not be disappointed with the Portland city views from the top of this historic... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kcsdelimom
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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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In the 1800s, Captain Moody used this observatory to monitor the routes of ships as far as 30 miles away. Today visitors can tour a museum focusing on the history of the watch tower and get a stunning bird's-eye view of Portland and the harbor.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“worth the climb” (11 reviews)
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138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
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Reviewed 5 days ago

the last of its kind and it sure is a beautiful place to see the views of Portland. Must see on any tour of the town.

Thank SherryG487
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You will not be disappointed with the Portland city views from the top of this historic landmark.With only about 150 steps to the top, and plenty of windows and resting spots on the way up, you just can't beat the 360 degree panoramic views.

Thank kcsdelimom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Many times to Portland and this was my first trip to the Observatory! We walked from the Old Port - a pleasant walk (and an excuse to stop by the bookstore Print!). There are lots of stairs, and the top level is very small but...More

1  Thank BabsBillingsley
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the harbor views tour and we loved it! The tour guide was wonderful, she had a lot of information about the islands. After the boat tour we hopped on the trolley tour and enjoyed that too!

Thank Jacqueline D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walk up 100 stairs on a winding staircase to see the most beautiful views of the city!! It was used in the past to alert the town to what ships were in the harbor. Very historic and gorgeous sites!!

Thank Julie M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice way to see all of the beautiful Portland area. We arrived by cruise ship and walked just over half a mile to the observatory. Fee for the family was $30. You can choose guided or self guided tour. We chose to join the group....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow this is definitely worth seeing! Couple of flights of stairs but the view of Portland is amazing! Must see!!!!

Thank Hailey K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After arriving in Portland we walked up from our hotel to see the Portland Observatory. We were there on time to join a tour for $10/person. The tour guide told us all about the history of the observatory, how the signaled the ships coming in,...More

Thank coloradoMom13
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looks like a lighthouse, but it's not. It was built on a hill, to watch for ships coming in and then putting out flags to signal the locals. Very interesting historical information on the walls inside. If you have mobility issues this is not the...More

Thank Robin L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a uphill walk from the wharf area in a residential neighborhood. Tours are included in admission, but you can also self tour. A tour had just started when we arrived, so we waited 20 minutes for the next tour, which ended up being...More

1  Thank scottcaps
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739jennifere
2 September 2017|
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Response from Tim B | Reviewed this property |
From their website: "Open every day until October 9, 2017 10 am - 4:30 pm"
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Joe C
14 August 2017|
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Response from crloganphila | Reviewed this property |
not required for guided we did our own self tour but ended up speaking to a guide and they do know so much interesting information
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Hyeonju L
26 July 2017|
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Response from JeannieSM | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the street parking does have a time limit. I can't remember if it was a 2 or 3 hour time limit, but you can probably do the entire Portland Observatory tour (even the one with the tour guide) in about an hour.
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