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Portland Observatory

138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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Closed for season - research availability before walking over

I was under the impression from other reviewers this was open during the winter but please be... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ally W
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Gainesville, Florida
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Magnificent and breathtaking views of Portland

It's about 30 minutes nice and interesting walk from the terminal to Portland Observatory. Climbing... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2018
Gaetano A
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Malton, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“guided tour” (39 reviews)
“worth the climb” (11 reviews)
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138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was under the impression from other reviewers this was open during the winter but please be warned it’s actually closed! We walked over, ~15 in cold weather to discover it’s closed until late May.

1  Thank Ally W
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

It's about 30 minutes nice and interesting walk from the terminal to Portland Observatory. Climbing 103 steps to the top is not regrettable because once you are at the top you can observe and enjoy the magnificent and extraordinary views of Portland and Casco Bay....More

1  Thank Gaetano A
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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

A great treat to climb the very manageable stairs. Landings provide a glimpse into Portland Maine’s complex history. The story is s bit off , but history belongs to the victors. The panorama at the top is serene and majestic no matter how crowded it...More

Thank painter04646
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

For us, it is always a win situation with a visit to a observatory. We got a nice view on Portland, found some nice information about the city.

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

This was a good find whilst in town, it's about a 10 minute walk from the town but it's easy to find and if you keep walking you will reach the promenade. It's good value for money and the price is the same if you...More

3  Thank thesuitcaserdiaries
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

Located not far from the wharf area, the Observatory provides a unique view of the city. There are also a number of interesting historical displays on each level allowing time for breaks for those not accustomed to climbing stairs. It is very doable for those...More

Thank DMFla
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Great view with history - another historic must see in Portland with a great view of the city - top of observatory leads to great view of portland

Thank cribordy
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Worth a visit for the views over the city. Lots of interesting displays detailing the history and restoration. We didn't time it well for a tour (but we had done it before years ago), however, the guide stopped to speak to us on his way...More

Thank H3311QZlou
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

This should be one of your first places to visit in Portland to get a good perspective of the city and surrounding area

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Reviewed 30 September 2017

It was a cloudy day on our visit so our view was not as great as it could have been. The tower is cool, its all wood and was used to signal ships in the harbor with flags. As you go up there are stops...More

1  Thank anita l
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739jennifere
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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Joe C
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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Hyeonju L
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.
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