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Portland Observatory

138 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
207-774-5561
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Ranked #10 of 66 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Observatories/ Planetariums, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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... more » 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. « less
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Hooksett, New Hampshire
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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We went to see this on a whim when I learned there we spectacular views. it was so worth the climb up eight floors of narrow stairs. The amount of sheer ingenuity and manpower that it took to build this tower also boggled our mind. The day we went was so clear we could see the White Mountains in NH... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

A little bit of a trek but worth it for the views. Be warned it can be a little windy up there. Tour was great and informative

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was a very pleasant way to learn a bit of Portland's history, especially during its heyday as a maritime center. Fascinating, really.

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Tulum
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82 reviews 82 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Our Docent Wendy was very knowledgeable about Portland's history, the observatories history and the area in general. The views from the top are amazing.

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Bedford, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

The view from the top is breathtaking!!!! So beautiful!!! So much history!! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Make sure to take bottled water..it's a long way up there!! But it's worth it!!!

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Morrisville, Vermont
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Definitely worth the hike up Munjoy Hill and the stairs to the top. The guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the site in relation to Portland's history.

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New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We visited the Observatory during a rainstorm. The views were still great, although a bit foggy. We took the tour to the top. It took over an hour, although we were told it would be about 30 minutes. We learned the history of Portland and the Observatory which was interesting.

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Vermont
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Come here on a clear day - great 360 degree views from the top. We went on a cloudy/hazing day, but still had good views of the bay. There are lots of steps, but the docent stopped at each "floor" to tell about the creation of the observatory, and Portland, and there were exhibits to look at, so the climb... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Liked finding the Observatory outside of the busy Downtown Portland streets. Good walk uphill to get there. Located in an neighborhood with a history and growth. Views from the top are terrific and worth the climb of stairs (inside). The guide was so informative. Learned a good deal about this

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Bedford, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The Portland Observatory is a must see when going to Portland. It is located in the downtown area. Parking is hard to find. We parked 3 blocks away and then walked back to the observatory. Be aware of the street signs as they clean the streets on different days of the week. Tour guide was great and was able to... More

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