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Portland Observatory

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Address: 138 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: 207-774-5561
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Gem in the City

After years of driving and walking by, I finally went in to check out the Portland Observatory this past July. It is open from May to October. Rates are reasonable and even less... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Portland, Maine
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Portland, Maine
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457 reviews 457 reviews
70 attraction reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

After years of driving and walking by, I finally went in to check out the Portland Observatory this past July. It is open from May to October. Rates are reasonable and even less for Portland residents. All tours are conducted by docents, who are a wealth of knowledge. I learned so much that day. In 2006, it was put on... More 

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New York City, New York
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I had been there in 2008 and wanted to take my friends there again this time! Its such a lovely place to be, not just for its architecture, but also for the views it offers!

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USA3
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

To learn of the story of the captain/ merchant, his family, his life and the architecture that went into this facinating structure is wonderful. Plus what a lovely perch to see Portland and Casco Bay.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We went outside, took some pictures, and left. It was nice even though it was closed. Straight across from it was a wonderful view of the ocean. Definitely charming view better to visit in summer.

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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43 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

A surprise in Portland, wonderful , Spectacular but I don't want to spoil it .Come see it and support the City of Portland. You won't regret it..

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Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I really wasn't sure about this -- wasn't sure it was going to be worth the money and time. I'm so glad I went ahead. The tour and the story of the observatory were so interesting, complemented by interesting information about the history of Portland. Just go for it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

It seems like such a small request, but once you reach the top of the Observatory, you will not be disappointed by the view. Portland is a small city, but the surround is magnificent. Those who traipse up the stairs will be captivated by the view on a clear day and, on a cloudy day, the layers of the cloud... More 

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Twyford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

It is a bit of a walk and a gentle climb from the harbour area to get to the Observatory but the views from the top are spectacular. It is also worth visiting for it's history (I won't go into it because the tour guide was so entertaining, knowledgeable and friendly that it would spoil it). A must see during... More 

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New York City, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

You just need 30 minutes for this attraction. It's all on foot, so definitely not recommended if you cannot make it to the top. Pretty expensive for a short narrative, but certainly very informative. I would recommend on a sunny, clear day.

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woburn,ma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This structure was so interesting. We had a tour by an amazing gentlemen. Unfortunately, I didn't get his name, but at the end after giving us an amazing amount of information about how the observatory was designed and built and its use, he mentioned he was 89 years old. (This was after he led us us 5 flights of stairs... More 

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