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Address: 138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
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+1 207-774-5561

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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so beautiful

what a beautiful observatory., I could overlook all of portland. and the view was Fabulous.i would recommend this to everyone to visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

what a beautiful observatory., I could overlook all of portland. and the view was Fabulous.i would recommend this to everyone to visit.

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Cold Spring, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit of a walk to the top but once there , views are excellent, 360 degrees around Portland. Docent was able to give us a bit of history which added to the visit. It became cloudy as we were finishing up on top and we were offered a refund on our admission fee but we declined. Nice gesture on... More 

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Groton, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Climb the 104 steps including the 17 outside leading to the building (87 steps were actually inside). There was some heavy fog so we couldn’t see much, but it was still a nice view from what we saw. The volunteer at the top was very knowledgeable and nice to talk to.

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

My brother's fiance wanted to check out this place during out cruise, and let me just say, "Go See It!" Take the guided tour and enjoy the amazing history of this place. it's a bit of a climb up the stairs, but well worth the effort (great view on top as well). The tour guides are very knowledgeable and the... More 

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Ilford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We walked up to the Observatory after having taken a trolley tour and decided to take the narrated tour (no extra cost). Our guide was very knowledgable and gave us loads of information about the history of the observatory and of Portland itself. Greta views of Portland from the top

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

My husband and I walked to the observatory from Commerical Street where we were staying. We decided to take the tour which last about 30 minutes. We happened to be the only ones in the observatory so we had the chance to have a private tour. Our guide was very knowledgable and clearly enjoyed sharing the history of the building.... More 

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Salem MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

If you are a lighthouse lover then it's worth the walk to see the Observatory. It looks exactly like a lighthouse and it is very well maintained. We did not go inside, as it was a $10 admission charge for each adult.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

After Portland tour on the fire truck, walked up to observatory 107 steps in stages, quite easy. Great view, lovely day and colluded see Mt Washington.

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Tacoma, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We spend our day off the ship walking around Portland. Our daughter, who had just recently visited here, told us it was well worth the visit and the inexpensive fee. It was. Great information given by the guide. Wonderful views of the city. Stop at every level on the way to the top. We loved it. Then go across the... More 

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Lake Charles, La
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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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