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Portland Observatory

138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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Nice way to spend an hour or so

We went here on a clear summer day and found the docent tour relaxed and informative. You travel... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2017
Arlington, MA
A Hidden Gem on Munjoy Hill!

After an uphill walk from the waterfront, we enjoyed the guided tour of the Observatory. Learned a... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
South Shore, MA
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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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  • Average5%
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138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

We went here on a clear summer day and found the docent tour relaxed and informative. You travel up 6 floors, stopping at each floor for info. The small space at the top gives wonderful views of Portland in all directions and on our clear...More

Thank butterfly58
Management response:Responded 25 August 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review us and thanks for coming to the Observatory!

Reviewed 20 August 2017

After an uphill walk from the waterfront, we enjoyed the guided tour of the Observatory. Learned a lot about Portland's history and about the merchants of the past century! It has a steep staircase that you have to climb to see the views of Portland's...More

Thank ShelSouthShore_MA
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

This observatory is central to Portland. It costs $10 adults and $5 for children. We used our AAA discount for $2 off. Definitely get on a free tour. The history of Capt Moody is fascinating. The tower architecture is phenomenal. We enjoyed the history surrounding...More

Thank Arch L
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This historic attraction is an easy walk from the tourist area downtown (although the last few blocks are uphill). There is a small, but cute, gift shop on the first floor. The guided tour is included in the price of admission and definitely enhanced the...More

1  Thank Constructive_Summer
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Tour guide gave some very interesting facts about Portland's history. The guide stopped at each level so the walk up was not too strenuous and the view from the top was lovely.

2  Thank pandaraka
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Observatory was used in the last century to observe cargo ships coming into port and alert (via colored flags) shore crews as to which ship was arriving. Guided tours available, very informative. Just about the highest point in Portland; the view from top overlooks all...More

1  Thank Tim B
Reviewed 8 August 2017

A nice and quick way to get an eagle's eye view of the entire city. Restricted hours, so plan ahead.

Thank JoAnnSF
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Portland may not be the first city you think of in regards to scenic observation decks, but the Portland Observatory, which is definitely not a lighthouse, is a landmark worth visiting.

Thank JasmineAGBHOW
Reviewed 27 July 2017

You'll get a very nice view of Portland and the history of the observatory is also interesting. The guides are very knowledgeable.

Thank trvladdict
Reviewed 24 July 2017

It's the same price to go to the top alone or with a guide....so wait for the guide! Its worth the wait to get so much more information.

Thank dpost63
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1 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"
Joe C
13 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
Hyeonju L
25 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.