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Portland Observatory

138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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Interesting View of the City

Located not far from the wharf area, the Observatory provides a unique view of the city. There are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
DMFla
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Havana, Florida
Chris

Great view with history - another historic must see in Portland with a great view of the city - top... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cribordy
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Johnston, Iowa
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Located not far from the wharf area, the Observatory provides a unique view of the city. There are also a number of interesting historical displays on each level allowing time for breaks for those not accustomed to climbing stairs. It is very doable for those...More

Thank DMFla
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great view with history - another historic must see in Portland with a great view of the city - top of observatory leads to great view of portland

Thank cribordy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit for the views over the city. Lots of interesting displays detailing the history and restoration. We didn't time it well for a tour (but we had done it before years ago), however, the guide stopped to speak to us on his way...More

Thank H3311QZlou
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This should be one of your first places to visit in Portland to get a good perspective of the city and surrounding area

Thank 911Traveldude
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a cloudy day on our visit so our view was not as great as it could have been. The tower is cool, its all wood and was used to signal ships in the harbor with flags. As you go up there are stops...More

1  Thank anita l
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is worth the uphill walk to the observatory AND the 140 steps to the top BUT ist is so worth the effort. The history is amazing and the views are divine. We felt lucky to have the opportunity to see this historic site.

Thank Chicagofamily484
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you walk from the waterfront area it's a uphill walk, so be prepared. The history of this building and of the man who built it is very interesting. The structure itself is amazing for the time period it was built. I think there were...More

Thank ron c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

visited today it was awesome. 140 steps but worth every one. When you reach the top the view is magnificent..well worth the climb.$10 adults $8 seniors bring binoculars..the view is beautiful and you can see clearly all the small private Islands Off the coast of...More

Thank Diane S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You have the option of doing a self-guided tour or going with a tour guide. I opted for the tour guide and enjoyed listening to her talk about the city of Portland and how the Observatory came to be. Yes, there are quite a few...More

1  Thank ms90
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The last signal tower, this tower played an important role in Portland trade. From its vantage point and it's height, incoming trading ships could be seen from eighteen miles out. Flags were then hung as signals to notify local trade merchants when their expected ships...More

Thank KMHvaca
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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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