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Portland Observatory

138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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Even in the fog, a winner

My grandsons had a blast climbing the stairs to the top and didn’t mind that we could only see... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Suzanne M
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Sea to shining sea

I was born and raised here and I would recommend to ANYONE who comes to visit Portland to visit the... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2018
momnmaine
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South Portland, Maine
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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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“guided tour” (39 reviews)
“worth the climb” (11 reviews)
“munjoy hill” (18 reviews)
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138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
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"guided tour"
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"worth the climb"
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"munjoy hill"
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"interesting history"
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"ships coming"
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"great view of the city"
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"volunteer docents"
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"great history lesson"
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"aaa discount"
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"walk up"
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"worth the effort"
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"casco bay"
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"admission fee"
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"well worth the visit"
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"answer questions"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My grandsons had a blast climbing the stairs to the top and didn’t mind that we could only see about 20’ in the fog. Great displays and we appreciated the free paper binocs for the boys. Can’t wait to go back on a clear day!

1  Thank Suzanne M
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

I was born and raised here and I would recommend to ANYONE who comes to visit Portland to visit the Portland area. Greater Portland Transit District has many many buses going to Maine Mall, Freeport, Brunswick. There is also Concord Coach Lines as well as...More

Thank momnmaine
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We took friends out here. The observatory used to be the tallest building/structure in Portland and has a fascinating history. Also look at the tram tracks in front of the observatory.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We almost always show visiting friends this historic tower built on Munjoy Hill in 1807 and owned by by Lemuel Moody. It has been attractively restored by the city of Portland. The city is a peninsula by a tidal basin, a river, and by Casco...More

1  Thank Jim B
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

I was under the impression from other reviewers this was open during the winter but please be warned it’s actually closed! We walked over, ~15 in cold weather to discover it’s closed until late May.

5  Thank Ally W
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

It's about 30 minutes nice and interesting walk from the terminal to Portland Observatory. Climbing 103 steps to the top is not regrettable because once you are at the top you can observe and enjoy the magnificent and extraordinary views of Portland and Casco Bay....More

1  Thank Gaetano A
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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

A great treat to climb the very manageable stairs. Landings provide a glimpse into Portland Maine’s complex history. The story is s bit off , but history belongs to the victors. The panorama at the top is serene and majestic no matter how crowded it...More

1  Thank painter04646
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

For us, it is always a win situation with a visit to a observatory. We got a nice view on Portland, found some nice information about the city.

Thank zeppJFM
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

This was a good find whilst in town, it's about a 10 minute walk from the town but it's easy to find and if you keep walking you will reach the promenade. It's good value for money and the price is the same if you...More

3  Thank thesuitcaserdiaries
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

Located not far from the wharf area, the Observatory provides a unique view of the city. There are also a number of interesting historical displays on each level allowing time for breaks for those not accustomed to climbing stairs. It is very doable for those...More

Thank DMFla
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739jennifere
2 September 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"
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Joe C
14 August 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
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Hyeonju L
26 July 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.
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