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Portland Observatory

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138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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Best way to take in all of Portland

Fantastic view, great summary of Portland's history. We bypassed the guided tour, and it was the... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2016
Javier A
Eagle Rock, California, United States
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Beautiful View with an Interesting Story

Was a very interesting about how the observatory was built and used flags to notify merchants of... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2016
Long Island, New York
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic view, great summary of Portland's history. We bypassed the guided tour, and it was the best decision we made. Do the self-guided.

Thank Javier A
Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Was a very interesting about how the observatory was built and used flags to notify merchants of what boats were coming into the port. Every ship company had its individual flag. Great tour and people were very nice.

Thank Scrappy511
Reviewed September 12, 2016

I went on a rainy foggy day so my views were not great. But the guide was knowledgeable and the history of the structure was worth the reduced rate I paid.

Thank brandkim2004
Reviewed September 9, 2016

The observatory has a good view after you've climbed over 100 rather steep steps. The history of the building is interesting. It's a 20 minute or more walk from the old port. I would recommend driving since it's in a neighborhood on a hill with...More

1  Thank John B
Reviewed September 9, 2016

We used to live next to this wonderful Portland landmark on Munjoy Hill. Be sure to go up to the top for a panoramic view of the harbor and city. A truly Maine gem.

Thank Michael W
Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

Stopped by to look at the site. Two ladies gave us a wealth of information on the tower, the three Light houses that are close to the site. Also a very good dining establishment was also passed on to us. A foggy day but a...More

Thank Fred S
Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

Weren't sure what to expect when we stopped here. Was a slightly foggy day and were only charged local rates! Highly recommend taking a guided tour. Very interesting history about this structure. Our guide was very knowledgeable; each floor holds another tidbit of history. Takes...More

Thank KFig84
Reviewed September 7, 2016

The Portland Observatory is definitely something you should do on a sunny clear day. Why? Because aside from the great historical information provided to you by the knowledgeable tour guides (TAKE THE TOUR!!! It's wonderful! and not long.) the views of Portland are incredible from...More

Thank Jessica M. M
Reviewed September 7, 2016

This was a great stop for us. we were able to get great views of the city from here...it doesn't look high from below. do the guided tour!

Thank emji2016
Reviewed September 6, 2016

Have you ever gone somewhere and encountered a group of people who really love what they do, and this makes the experience even better? My BF and I went on this tour at the end of the day, wandering in and looking to learn more...More

Thank Jillian K
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September 1, 2017|
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Response from Tim B | Reviewed this property |
From their website: "Open every day until October 9, 2017 10 am - 4:30 pm"
Joe C
August 13, 2017|
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Response from crloganphila | Reviewed this property |
not required for guided we did our own self tour but ended up speaking to a guide and they do know so much interesting information
Hyeonju L
July 25, 2017|
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Response from JeannieSM | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the street parking does have a time limit. I can't remember if it was a 2 or 3 hour time limit, but you can probably do the entire Portland Observatory tour (even the one with the tour guide) in about an hour.