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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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A beautiful birds eye view of a wonderful waterfront and city.

Learning more about the working waterfront and history of Portland made this gem of an attraction really shine. For such a small town, this site has great significance! I think... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
Melissa R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Learning more about the working waterfront and history of Portland made this gem of an attraction really shine. For such a small town, this site has great significance! I think doing the tour is the way to go!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Worth the climb! Great part of Portland history and a nice tour. Cost is $10 per person for adults (if you are a student, Portland resident or AAA member there is a discount).

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Papillion, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I'll be honest: I had no interest in taking the tour. I showed up just wanting to walk to the top, see the view of beautiful Casco Bay, snap a few photos, and be done with it. When I learned that I had to take a tour to do that I almost said never mind and walked away ... too... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Great view, pleasant and informative docent, interesting history about the area and the builder of the observatory.

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Smyrna, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Almost skipped this entirely since the first time we came by the next tour wasn't starting for another 20 minutes. Thankfully we came back. You have to go on the tour to reach the top but the views alone are worth it. I didn't expect to care much about the tour, but it actually was fairly interesting and the guide... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Not only will get in a great history lesson but you'll see some amazing views of the city atop the tower. The tour is around 35 minutes and you'll stop at each floor, there are chairs for you to sit and listen in as the guide shares some history of the observatory. Once you get to the top you'll see... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

No, this is not an astronomical observatory. It's a wooden tower where ships coming into harbor were identified w/ binoculars and then flags raised to tell the Portlanders what kind of workers would be need down at the docks soon. Several steps and I don't think handicap accessible but worth a visit if you're okay w/ climbing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

On gets a wonderful view of the city and also the guide was very knowledgable. They also tried helping us with solving our problems of commute and gave good suggestions on what all we should be visiting in Portland.

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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The Portland Observatory is something from history. It is the only remaining observatory to watch for incoming ships. Before the days of radio watchers used to sit in these observatories to report on incoming vessels. It has been restored to what it was originally, and is a marvel of old architecture. Nor to mention, the views from the top are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Great view of the whole city, and very interesting history. The guide really knew his history of the building.

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Address: 138 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
Phone Number: 207-774-5561
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland

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