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Address: 138 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
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In the 1800s, Captain Moody used this observatory to monitor the routes of...

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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unique, historic, fascinating step back in time

Walk up the hill to this well preserved 1807 tower. Built by a sea captain to see ships coming into the harbor from far off, He would then raise color coded flags to alert the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 October 2016
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Lake Charles, La
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Walk up the hill to this well preserved 1807 tower. Built by a sea captain to see ships coming into the harbor from far off, He would then raise color coded flags to alert the town folks about which ships would be arriving soon. $8 guided tour is very informative, lots of maps and pictures, history of Portland and history... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We walked to the observatory to find it closed! It is open May to October only. This year it closed October 10th!

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Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

A very interesting time spent and our guide was knowledgeable about the Observatory and local history. Great views of Portland from the top of the building

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

For $6.00 ( senior rate) we had our entry fee which included a 30 min tour of the Observatory if we wanted. We learned a lot of the workings of the area and purpose and history of the structure from our friendly guide.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Didn't expect to find this gem in the heart of the City. Well maintained and staffed, historic structure offers a fantastic view and educational outlook on the history of shipping and it's relation to Portland. All stairs, no elevator...but well worth the gentle climb!

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Bellingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Unique, great guided tour, great views. I think the last ship tower standing in the US. A piece of history you should not miss.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Tour was excellent. Our guide was very informative and view from the top is spectacular. Great way to learn a little history of the city of Portland!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We had a nice tour of the observatory on the last weekend tours offered in October. It's just.a twenty minute or so tour and was a neat introduction to the history of the town and it's located right by the historical cemetary.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a great place to learn the history of Portland and the ships. There are several flights of stairs so not for the non climbers. Lots of artifacts to look at and read.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We did manage to go on a beautiful clear day in September, but having visited Portland before this unique building was a favorite attraction for us! We were there early enough to see Mt. Washington which is over 60 miles away in New Hampshire. But my favorite part was the tour and the tour guide whose name I cannot recall... More 

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