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Well Worth a Visit! Great View from the Top!

Wonderful small attraction. The each floor has interesting historical exhibits, including the... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2018
Ashland City, Tennessee
A lovely old building which was unfortunately closed

We saw this online before our visit and walked up to see the building on a lovely sunny day... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2018
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The Portland Observatory is closed for the 2018 Season. We will re-open Memorial Day Weekend 2019 with brand new exhibits! Hope to see you then! Breathtaking views and fascinating history at America’s last standing maritime signal tower. Open...more
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Reviewed 10 November 2018

Wonderful small attraction. The each floor has interesting historical exhibits, including the details of the structure of the building and renovation of same. The building was constructed to notify the town when ships entered the harbor, so that people would know that unloading work was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

We saw this online before our visit and walked up to see the building on a lovely sunny day. Unfortunately for us it was closed for the rest of the season but its still worth the walk. We were very lucky to speak to the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Similar to a lighthouse but unfortunately closed this time of year, will definitely be back to learn all the history surrounding this place.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tammyBaltimore_Md
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Friendly volunteers run the place. I think $8 tp tour. You can pretty much see all of Portland from here. You get the history of the place and take lots of pictures of the area.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Hummer1973
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Ahhh how amazing! Over 100 steps in total to get to the best view in the city! Our triple A cards got us a discount. We opted to wait till a docent was available so we could get the guided tour. It’s not mandatory but...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Carcassparty
Reviewed 6 October 2018

i found the staff to be so congenial, friendly and informative. While my son and husband walked all around the outside deck of the observatory, i stayed inside the viewing box and had the nicest conversation with one of the docents, who pointed out all...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank R H
Reviewed 5 October 2018

We caught a tour. Very interesting history of the area and the use of the tower. Great views on the top.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Julie O
Reviewed 1 October 2018

A friend and I stopped by for a visit while we were in Portland. The steps seem daunting, but they weren't bad at all. I recommend waiting for a guide and walking up with him or her. We were guided by Richard, who had extensive...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank christyoverall3
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

10.00 to walk up the winding stairs to the top, history of building interesting I feel as if we paid for the view. Which was beautiful

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank emtprose
Reviewed 25 September 2018

It was fun climbing to the top of the tower. A great view of Portland. A lot of history with many pictures.

Date of experience: June 2018
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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"
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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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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.