Stopped by with my 11 year old daughter today. Really glad we did. Got the AAA discount. Guided tour was just beginning. Good history lesson and great sights.
Guide takes you all the way to the top of the tower, stopping on each floor to explain the detailed history of the building. You also get a great history lesson on the history of Portland itself, plus an amazing view of the city. I definitely recommend this to anyone visiting the area.
Take the time to visit this naval observatory - the only one still in existence in the USA - a very rich and important history. It is the last maritime signal station in the USA! GREAT views of the area.
A very unique attraction...I don't know of any other observation towers like this still around. Gives a nice overview of some of Portland's history. Of course it helps if it is a beautiful sunny day like it was when we visited....great views of the town, out to the water and the mountains. We found the tour guide to be very... More
There are not many wood-frame towers like Portland Observatory left in America to begin with. This was completely hand-built in the early 1800s to give a better view of ships arriving in-harbor. It is octagonal and very fun to hike up all of those stairs inside with one of the Portland History Docents, who are well-trained to help you experience... More
Actually I wish that I had done this tour first. The tour provides a cursory history of the city as well as the history of the man whose vision it was to build the observatory. Not a light tower, but rather an area to observe incoming ships and let the merchants/workers of town know when to prepare for the arrival... More
Based on what we had read, we expected this to be a five minute intro and a chance to enjoy great views of Portland. After a 20 minute wait and 30 minutes of Portland history, we left (the tour had only made it up two levels in that time). Unless you are a history buff with unlimited time, forget this.... More
We went to the Portland Observatory on Monday. When we walked in we were greeted by a friendly young man who invited us to join a group that had just started. During the tour you stop on a few different levels and get to learn about some of the history of Portland, especially about it's role during World War II.... More
We visited the Portland Observatory last week after reading about it in Frommers. It's essentially a landlocked lighthouse that was built as a signal tower to tell the town what ships were coming in. Our guide was friendly and narrated a good tour to the top. We went on a rainy/cloudy day but from the top could still see out... More
A wonderful place to go if you're at all interested in history or just want to take in a great view of Portland. I went on the 4th of July, and when I showed up I was the only one for a while, so I got my own personal tour. The guides are volunteers who are very excited and history... More
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