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Portland Observatory

138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608
+1 207-774-5561
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Great tour to learn about some of Portland's history

We visited the Portland Observatory in July 2017 with our two kids (ages 7 & 8). It was a little... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Orlando, Florida
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Unparalleled view of Casco Bay

My husband and I were in town for a half marathon last weekend, and having been to Portland a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Albany, New York
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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 4 days ago via mobile

We visited the Portland Observatory in July 2017 with our two kids (ages 7 & 8). It was a little rainy that morning, so we were looking for an indoor activity. We paid our admission fee, and waited about five minutes for the next tour....More

Thank JeannieSM
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were in town for a half marathon last weekend, and having been to Portland a number of times, were looking for some different things to explore. He found the Observatory on line and it fit the bill. WOW were we happy...More

Thank Meg710
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great history lesson on Portland! The people working here were fantastic! We chose to do the tour instead of the self guided tour and it was definitely worth it. They also do discounts for teachers and students as well.

Thank Jessica A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best thing we saw in Portland. Amazing views and very cool history. Would recommend everyone see the view at least once. Really helpful and friendly staff. Nothing else needs to be said!

Thank aperri1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went up to the top with a tour guide that had a great deal of knowledge about the tower and the city of Portland. The views were super. This is a must do while visiting Portland.

Thank Sooner918261
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was expecting higher larger site but after the visit found this was perfect. Great views 360 from top. Staffed by volunteers and very helpful and knowledgeable. You can do self tour or tour with volunteer. Fee to enter. Detailed information supplied each level so...More

1  Thank crloganphila
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful Place To Really See the City, Plenty of Place Around the Observatory for Coffee, A Bit To Eat. a Nice Walk to the Promenade.

Thank Justlikehavingfun
Reviewed 13 May 2017

This observatory is well kept. The terra cotta color is different from most observatories. Beware of the opening times, it is not open all year round.

1  Thank WorldTravelOne
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We came to the Observatory to learn a little about the history of Portland and got more than what we bargained for. This is a great stop. We learned about architecture, the history of the city, and we got some great views of the area...More

Thank Garrett R
Reviewed 4 April 2017

This is definitely a place to visit in Portland. You'll learn about its history and its importance to the city and the East Coast. Plus, you'll get a beautiful view of the city on the last floor. The staff is also really nice and kind.

2  Thank Thais V
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Ann M
12 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
7 July 2017|
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Response from crloganphila | Reviewed this property |
8.00 we recall
25 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.