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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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Gorgeous views of the harbor. A bit of a hike to get up to the hill on which it sits but well worth it for the vistas.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Springfield, Virginia
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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous views of the harbor. A bit of a hike to get up to the hill on which it sits but well worth it for the vistas.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My Girlfriend and I were visiting Portland and stopped in to go to the top of the observatory. The only way we could go to the top was via a guided tour. I understand that guided tours can be a great experience but for a 6 story Lighthouse it's seems to be more for making money and less for providing... More 

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Leeds
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

An excellent historical site, a great tour guide and well worth the visit. We had an engaging and knowledgeable guide and we really enjoyed learning about the building's history and the amazing views from the top. The guide was helpful, knowledgeable and approachable and suggested a trip to Portland Head Light on the way out of the city - a... More 

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Sharpsville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

102 steps to the top and wonderful views of the surrounding area. Was clear enough on our visit that we could see Mt Washington in the distance. Guided tours during the day, but the sunset tours on Thursday evenings are self guided.

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Kennewick
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Our tour guide Jim, was very knowledgable and gave a great tour and worth the eight bucks (senior rate). The view from the top was beautiful. What an interesting structure with such a rich history!

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St Charles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 via mobile

Five flights of stairs and you reach the top and can view the entire Casco Bay, all the way to Portland Head Light. The guide explained the history and purpose of the observatory and insight into the restoration projects.

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tampa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

What a nice surprise in the middle of town. I think it was about $10 per person. We enjoyed it because we had Doug take us on the tour which lasted about 45 minutes. We actually got a history lesson. Doug Johnson was fantastic!!! So passionate about teaching the history of the observatory and he made it interesting. Great view... More 

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Portland, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I went here a while back with a friend of mine who also lives in Portland. We have both lived in the city for many years and neither of us had been to the observatory. It only costs a few dollars to get in and walk to the top. One each floor they had some displays and people to answer... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

You don't have to climb the observatory in one shot. You take it one to two floors at a time while getting some background information on the history of the observatory. The views of Portland and the Bay are worth the price of admission. Enjoy!

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Allendale, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Climb to the top of the 7 story structure with a docent while learning about the history of the observatory. Nice views at the top. Stairs are steep and it's hot on some of the floors. Interesting visit will take about a half hour

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