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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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Staying put in a changing neighborhood

A very satisfying (and educating) activity for tourists and locals alike. This old lady has been watching over the Portland Harbor for more than 200 years atop Munjoy Hill. And... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Portland, ME
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Portland, ME
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

A very satisfying (and educating) activity for tourists and locals alike. This old lady has been watching over the Portland Harbor for more than 200 years atop Munjoy Hill. And while the neighborhood around her has morphed considerably over the past sixty years (downscale, then upscale), the building is in good shape and adds considerable charm to this part of... More 

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Portland, Maine
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We took visiting family here, having never stopped in before. We had an excellent tour and learned that the observatory was not used at all the way we had imagined. The view is lovely from there on top of Munjoy Hill and the observatory was well worth the visit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I just love the ocean. Being high up and the peace of the view did our hearts good. I'm not great at climbing steps anymore so we took it slow. No one behind us seemed to mind.

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Los Angeles, CA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

If you're the type who likes to go up things, then this is about the most up-thing you can do in Portland...you'll think it's a light house, but it's not...a tower built to observe incoming ships, so the correct flag could be displayed for the dock workers to get ready. Really fascinating story, unbeatable views at the top, and well... More 

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Portland, Maine
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78 attraction reviews
301 helpful votes 301 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
12 helpful votes 12 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
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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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56 helpful votes 56 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 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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