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Address: 138 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
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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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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.

Reviewed 16 October 2016
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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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.

Thank mikeyburns
Tacoma, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank RetiredTraveler2009
Lake Charles, La
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank laculturevulture
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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!

3 Thank Cindy V
Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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

Thank Yorkshirefox
Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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.

Thank sstangel
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Reviewed 9 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!

Thank Bill S
Bellingham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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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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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New York City, New York
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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.

Thank EasternTraveler1921

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