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Portland Observatory

138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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Good thing to do while in Portland

This was a good find whilst in town, it's about a 10 minute walk from the town but it's easy to... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
London, United Kingdom
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 13 October 2017
Havana, Florida
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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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“worth the climb” (11 reviews)
138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

This was a good find whilst in town, it's about a 10 minute walk from the town but it's easy to find and if you keep walking you will reach the promenade. It's good value for money and the price is the same if you...More

2  Thank thesuitcaserdiaries
Reviewed 13 October 2017

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 11 October 2017 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 7 October 2017

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 30 September 2017

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 30 September 2017

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 29 September 2017

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 28 September 2017

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 27 September 2017 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 24 September 2017

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
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1 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"
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
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.