Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory

Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory

Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory
4.5
Bridges • Observation Decks & Towers
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Tallest Bridge Observatory in the World (open to the public)! The Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory is located in the heart of mid-coast Maine. The bridge spans the Penobscot River, linking the town of Prospect with Verona Island, just off Route 1 across from the town of Bucksport. Visitors can take the elevator 420 feet for breathtaking panoramic views of the nearby Maine coast and Fort Knox Historic Site.
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Blue-Eyes-Fam
Bonaire, GA351 contributions
We came to visit Fort Knox and the price for the observatory was only a dollar or two more so we added it on. Super glad we did. You enter the base of the Observatory and a charming Docent gives you a brief history and explains some of the historical information on the walls, and also throws some facts and figures your way before sending you up the elevator. Opening up on the "first (and only) floor" you're greeted by another charming Docent who directs you up 2 small flights of stairs to the Observatory proper. The observatory is one of only 4 Bridge Observatory's in the world, 2 of which (China and Thailand) are closed to the public, and the 3rd is in Slovakia, so for most Americans this is their only opportunity to ascend a Bridge Observatory. You're at roughly 450' elevation which is about 100' higher than the Statue of Liberty so nothing to sneeze at. On a clear day, which we were blessed with, you can see a long ways off in all directions. Located where it is, it's a decent drive for anyone who doesn't live locally, so I'm not sure I'd go just for this, but certainly taken in combination with a visit to Fort Knox it is well worth the time and effort for a day trip.
Written June 16, 2022
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MaineMountainOwl
Maine287 contributions
This elegantly designed and photogenic, 2,120-foot (646.2 m) suspension bridge crossed 135 feet (41.1m) above the magnificent and historic Penobscot River. Both US 1 and ME 174 had pullouts with scenic views of the bridge and river. Ticketed tours of the bridge’s 420-foot (128 m) high observation tower were available at Fort Knox State Historical Site; I didn’t take one. I liked all that I saw of this brilliant feat of civil engineering; I disliked nothing, but only wished I’d had time for the tour.
Written September 1, 2021
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BamTgg
East Hampton, CT654 contributions
We visted the Penobscot Observatory last week.
Since it was mid October there was not any wait.
The single elevator held only 8 people and would go to up to the 40th floor. Then there were 3 more flights to walk up. However there was also a lift available for those not able to do the the 3 flights of stairs.

It was a clear day and the views were fantastic.!!!!

We also enjoyed chatting with the guide at the elevator who was looking forward to his own vacation to Key West after a very busy season in Maine which was made more challeging by the pandemic.
Written October 25, 2021
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Sage C
Cool, CA247 contributions
The signage to this is non-existent. After you cross the bridge, don't stop in the viewing area, instead you must continue to the fort and pay to get in, then drive to the parking lot below the bridge.
Unfortunately, our wait was very long as they are only allowing one family or group in the elevator at a time. It was a nice view, but frankly, not worth it.
Written September 15, 2020
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JBH
363 contributions
The only bridge tower like it in the world that the public is allowed to enter. You buy your ticket in combination with a ticket to Fort Knox. I don't believe they just sell one to the observatory.

You take an elevator up almost to the top and then 3 or 4 flights of stairs gets you to the top (or a lift for those with mobility issues).

Beautiful 360 degree views.
Written July 26, 2022
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Tampa66
LOCUST GROVE51 contributions
Fun place to see and include Fort Knox too. Go to to Observatory, it is worth it. It is a quick trip up and the elevator is smooth as silk, just zips you right up to the top. Amazing engineering feat.
Written September 12, 2022
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funtimefamily12
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY872 contributions
Scary and cool all at the same time. Since Covid the employees are really good at how many are at the top and how many next. We were up at the top and it feels like the observatory is swaying and you feel the cool air. Beautiful views. We even saw a Bald Eagle. The deal is $9.95 get you up to the observatory and a trip to Fort Knox or you can just see the Fort for $7.95. You can't just see the observatory. There is a picnic area which we made use of, but we felt Fort Knox was a waste..
Written September 29, 2020
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Dottie H
Syracuse, NY679 contributions
How often can you go to the top of a suspension bridge? I suggest you put it on your bucket list as there aren't many bridges that offer this opportunity. An elevator takes you up for an incredible 360 degree view. If engineering projects fascinate you, the construction of this bridge will definitely intrigue you. Well worth the stop and you can stay as long as you want.
Written September 2, 2021
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MelissaL0715
Tampa, FL747 contributions
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As we were driving from Camden to Bar Harbor we encountered the bridge and observatory. It was roughly 5:15 PM and it said they close at 6 PM so we pulled in to see if we could go up to the observatory. We were happily obliged a chance to purchase tickets which were only $9 for out-of-state residents. We went up in the observatory and the view was breathtaking. No hiking required. Afterwards we were able to look around the Fort Knox area as well. This was included in our ticket price. The grounds were immaculately well-maintained. Definitely worth the price and a stop in between the two cities.
Written July 24, 2021
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j1959c
Nashua, NH94 contributions
This is a hidden gem. Both the observatory and the fort were neat and fascinating in their own way. The observatory gives you a tremendous view, to include the ability to see Cadillac mountain way in the distance. The history of the bridge and how/why it came about is also very interesting. One concrete segment of the bridge is also available to examine and read about. We had lunch in the covered pavilion on top of the old bridge abutment overlooking the new bridge; it was lovely.

The fort was also incredible. It is very well-preserved, full of detailed information stations, and almost completely accessible to visitors. We went down many neat, long, dark hallways in/around/through the property (use your phone flashlight!). You also have a nice view from the vantage point offered by the Penobscot Narrows location. They have a nice little gift shop (with ice cream treats - good for a hot day) and small museum. It was $9 per person (out of state) to go to both attractions, and it was well worth it. We spent a good 3-4 hours here, including our lunch on one of the many provided picnic tables. Delightful!
Written August 25, 2020
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Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory (Prospect) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM