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Portland Observatory

138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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Wonderful historic tower

We spend our day off the ship walking around Portland. Our daughter, who had just recently visited... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2016
Tacoma, WA
unique, historic, fascinating step back in time

Walk up the hill to this well preserved 1807 tower. Built by a sea captain to see ships coming into... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2016
Lake Charles, La
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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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138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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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...More

1  Thank RetiredTraveler2009
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...More

2  Thank laculturevulture
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!

3  Thank Cindy V
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

Thank Yorkshirefox
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.

Thank sstangel
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!

Thank Bill S
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.

Thank upfrontguitars
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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Tour was excellent. Our guide was very informative and view from the top is spectacular. Great way to learn a little history of the city of Portland!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 9 October 2016

We had a nice tour of the observatory on the last weekend tours offered in October. It's just.a twenty minute or so tour and was a neat introduction to the history of the town and it's located right by the historical cemetary.

Thank EasternTraveler1921
Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is a great place to learn the history of Portland and the ships. There are several flights of stairs so not for the non climbers. Lots of artifacts to look at and read.

Thank polsson
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Ann M
11 July 2017|
Response from Laura F | Reviewed this property |
35-40 minutes, depending on how long you linger at the top. The view is terrific!
Lexi D
6 July 2017|
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Response from crloganphila | Reviewed this property |
8.00 we recall
24 May 2017|
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Response from Eugene M | Reviewed this property |
If I recall correctly, there is quite good street parking near the Observatory. Note: the Observatory is in a residential area, not downtown. You should find a good spot after a short hunt.