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Portland Observatory, Portland

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  • After Portland tour on the fire truck, walked up to observatory 107 steps in stages, quite easy. Great view, lovely day and colluded see Mt Washington. 
  • We spend our day off the ship walking around Portland. Our daughter, who had just recently visited here, told us it was well worth the visit and the inexpensive fee. It was. Great information given by...  read more »
  • Walk up the hill to this well preserved 1807 tower. Built by a sea captain to see ships coming into the harbor from far off, He would then raise color coded flags to alert the town folks about which s...  read more »
  • Experienced this during their "Sunset Tour" only available on Thursday evenings. It was very beautiful and scenic! They have guided tours during the day, but the Sunset Tour is self guided with staff to help answer questions. What made this visit for me was the kind staff, especially the employee at the top of the lighthouse, Alyssa. She was open to answering any of our questions, not only about the history of the Observatory, but about Portland in general. We were able to get some awesome suggestions on where to go during our trip here, as well as learn a lot of Portland history.
  • Wonderful views and the staff was very knowledgeable. My husband and I were able to go right up to the top and then work our way through a self-guided tour of the exhibits, which was great for us, especially since staff was available to answer any questions or elaborate further.
  • This was the only "museum-y" thing I did during a weekend in Portland, because one does need a break from eating and drinking. $10/adult for a tour guided by a wonderful docent who was able to point out lots of neat details and divulge cool stories about this building. Fantastic view from the top.
  • The observatory gives a great view of the city, port area, and (on a clear day) even as far away as Mt. Washington. The staff here were very friendly and knowledgeable. On each floor there was a wealth of history on the observatory as well as Portland in general. This observatory played a key role in developing Portland into the city it is -definitely worth seeing.
  • One of the last remaining wooden observatories still standing. It was destroyed in a fire that gutted Portland but was later rebuilt. The view from the top is great but you have to take a guided tour which is fantastic because the lady who was our guide was a very sweet soul and patiently acquainted us with the historical significance of the place.
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