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Address: 138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
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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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My husband and I walked to the observatory from Commerical Street where we were staying. We decided to take the tour which last about 30 minutes. We happened to be the only ones... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

My husband and I walked to the observatory from Commerical Street where we were staying. We decided to take the tour which last about 30 minutes. We happened to be the only ones in the observatory so we had the chance to have a private tour. Our guide was very knowledgable and clearly enjoyed sharing the history of the building.... More 

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Salem MA
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

If you are a lighthouse lover then it's worth the walk to see the Observatory. It looks exactly like a lighthouse and it is very well maintained. We did not go inside, as it was a $10 admission charge for each adult.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

After Portland tour on the fire truck, walked up to observatory 107 steps in stages, quite easy. Great view, lovely day and colluded see Mt Washington.

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Thank mikeyburns
Tacoma, WA
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

We spend our day off the ship walking around Portland. Our daughter, who had just recently visited here, told us it was well worth the visit and the inexpensive fee. It was. Great information given by the guide. Wonderful views of the city. Stop at every level on the way to the top. We loved it. Then go across the... More 

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Lake Charles, La
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

Walk up the hill to this well preserved 1807 tower. Built by a sea captain to see ships coming into the harbor from far off, He would then raise color coded flags to alert the town folks about which ships would be arriving soon. $8 guided tour is very informative, lots of maps and pictures, history of Portland and history... More 

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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We walked to the observatory to find it closed! It is open May to October only. This year it closed October 10th!

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Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

A very interesting time spent and our guide was knowledgeable about the Observatory and local history. Great views of Portland from the top of the building

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

For $6.00 ( senior rate) we had our entry fee which included a 30 min tour of the Observatory if we wanted. We learned a lot of the workings of the area and purpose and history of the structure from our friendly guide.

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Thank sstangel
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

Didn't expect to find this gem in the heart of the City. Well maintained and staffed, historic structure offers a fantastic view and educational outlook on the history of shipping and it's relation to Portland. All stairs, no elevator...but well worth the gentle climb!

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Bellingham, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

Unique, great guided tour, great views. I think the last ship tower standing in the US. A piece of history you should not miss.

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