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Address: 138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
Phone Number: +1 207-774-5561
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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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Great view of Portland and Harbor.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 October 2016
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Two Rivers, Wisconsin

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We did manage to go on a beautiful clear day in September, but having visited Portland before this unique building was a favorite attraction for us! We were there early enough to see Mt. Washington which is over 60 miles away in New Hampshire. But my favorite part was the tour and the tour guide whose name I cannot recall... More 

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Ashland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

While on a Portland Discovery Trolley tour we went by the Portland Observatory and head about its interesting history. It was built in 1807 and its the only wooden watch/signal tower still around. There are 103 steps to the top and it has awesome views of Casco Bay and Portland.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The portland observatory was visited on alovley sunny day. The lady was very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgable. Interesting place and glade it has been saved. Pretty views over Portland and worth the climb $10.

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South Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

As you climb the steps, you stop at two or three different levels where the guide tells stories about the tower, the city and the fires that have devastated it. There are photos and artifacts, and great views of the city and bay.

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