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Portland Observatory

138 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
207-774-5561
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Ranked #13 of 64 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

This attraction is great for all ages. The observation tower has spectacular views of the greater Portland area. The guides are full of interesting information and there are several small exhibits, including old maps of the area. It does not take long to tour, but it is worth it.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We've been to Portland twice before, but never visited until this trip. The guide gave us a very informative talk, pausing on different levels on the way to the top. The views of Portland and the surrounding area were lovely, and well worth the admission fee. Slightly limited time at the top, as a guided tour, but adequate to take... More

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Spokane, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We were on the end of our visit to Portland but had to check out the observatory. It was well worth the trip. The stairs going up are very easy to navigate and there are 3 or 4 landings on the way up in which our guide paused to give us some history. The view from the top is beautiful... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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180 reviews 180 reviews
10 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We've been to town many times but never seem to have been there in the season that this spot is open. So glad to have been able to get there this trip. Really fantastic and informative tour. Highly recommend this on any trip to Portland. The views - and the history - can't be beat.

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SE England
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70 reviews 70 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We were on the last tour of the day... and the tour guide could not have been better...worth going to see.

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Built in 1807 the Observatory has survived time, fire and urbanization. The tour was a little overpriced but you get a good taste of Portland history and the milieu in which the city developed.

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Dublin, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is just a great piece of old history on a hill in Portland Maine. The docents do a great job of giving you the history of the observatory, it's purpose and a great explanation of how a shipbuilder used his talents to build out of wood.This is a history lover's delight and the view from the top is spectacular.... More

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Langley City, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The guide told you the interesting history - why and how it was built, who built it..... In a clear day, one can see the Portland Headlight.

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I went here thinking I was going to climb a tower, snap some photos, then leave. However, this place gives you a guide that stops on every floor (a welcome break!) and explains local history and the use of the observatory. Very interesting, and only takes about 30 minutes or so. I highly recommend this.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Informative tour by a delightful gentleman who kept us smiling from beginning to end. Fascinating how they built the tower - a feat of engineering. It was one of the last things we did before we flew home. Worth a visit.

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