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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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In the 1800s, Captain Moody used this observatory to monitor the routes...

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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Informative and enthusiastic docent made this special!

We found this days before it closed down for the season. Doug, our tour guide, was full of great information. His passion for it's history was catching. We both enjoyed his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Memphis, Tennessee

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this days before it closed down for the season. Doug, our tour guide, was full of great information. His passion for it's history was catching. We both enjoyed his presentation. It was a clear day, we had exceptional visibility, the view from the top was amazing. Fun experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ended up here because of Trip Advisor reviews. Walked to the observatory from downtown, which was a nice opportunity to see a different side of Portland. Fascinating tour by a wonderful volunteer, and rewarded by the view from the top. Despite the stairs this was manageable for those who need to rest frequently. There were stops with chairs on each... More 

Thank ebkayak
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Come by to climb to the top but unfortunately it's closed till around memorial day of 2016. I've included some pics from what I could capture. Not upset, this was an unplanned visit to Portland and am enjoying other parts of the city.

1 Thank paddler4x
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

My wife and I visited while in town on a cruise. It can be a bit of a walk, but once you're there and at the top the views are worth it. The stairs aren't too hard to navigate with several floors to take a rest on if needed. We were happy to visited and went to the top!

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I came across the observatory during my trip to Portland. It was within walking distance of where we parked downtown. Unfortunately, it was closed the day I was there so I wasn't able to take the tour or go inside. But I did have fun reading the items on the door as well as taking photos of it. I did... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Easy walk from cruise terminal. Great tour guide and beautiful views from the top. Glad the city saved this historic structure.

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Salt Lake CIty
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The tour of the observatory was very informative and interesting. From the top there is an unsurpassed view of the surrounding area (on a clear day).

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Docents will tell you everything and more! Nice display on the entry level, which is wheel-chairable. The circular stairs are the only access to the upper levels--87 steep steps, and worth every last one of 'em, says my wife!

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Clarksburg, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Husband and I decided to check out the observatory while in town for the weekend. Great views of the city The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the area and history of the observatory. Check out the graveyard a block down while you are in the are.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

My hubby and I were on a New England cruise and Portland was one of the stops. We learned about the Observatory while on a tour and decided to walk there. The people working there were very friendly and shared a lot of historic information. We climbed to the top and the views were spectacular. I didn't expect them to... More 

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