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“Great historical part of Portland!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Portland Observatory

Portland Observatory
Ranked #8 of 142 things to do in Portland
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Owner description: 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.
Westbrook, Maine
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great historical part of Portland!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

We learned a lot from our visit, the staff is very knowledgeable!

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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice add-on if you're in the area”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

Liked it, welcoming, easy-to-find, but didn't venture to top. Fee.

Visited August 2011
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Portland, Maine
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Fun activity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

The docents are very knowledgeable about this piece of Portland history. The admission is well worth it. There are a fair number of stairs to get to the top, however there is a short talk on each floor to explain the building's structure and use. The view from the top allowed people of the time to see ships coming into port first. Still a great view today!

Visited August 2011
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West Buxton, Maine
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“From the top”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

Great views and historic interest. Fun things to do on Munjoy Hill as well. Great restuarants and walking distance of OldPort

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Eat a hearty breakfast, you'll need it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

The docent who guided me was 86 ~ it was embarrassing how much quicker he was than I. The observatory sits on a hill and rises eight stories, the view of Portland is commanding. The historical & construction information is thorough, interesting and well presented. You can ask all the questions you want. And while you learn about the Observatory and Portland you'll climb a lot of stairs. I promise, the view is worth the creaky knees. I went on a cloudy, misty morning and it was still a wonderful view. Go. If you are at all to climb ~ go. If can't do the stairs, there is ramp to the first floor and you can still hear great stories, you'll just miss the view. Don't forget to make a donation and/or buy a souvenir, the Observatory is non-profit.

Visited June 2011
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