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Portland Observatory

Portland Observatory
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Type of Attraction
Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
History, Architecture, Photography, Engineering
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Price: $5-$10
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Partial
Mobility Obstacles: Stairs
Mobility Assistance Available: Elevator
Notes: There is a wheelchair elevator that provides service to the first floor only. On this floor a webcam can be used to see the views from the top.
Water/Drinks: NOT available at this attraction or nearby.
Eating: This is NOT a good place to get a meal or snack.
Restrooms: Available
Notes: The restroom is two doors down and open to the public--ask for a key and directions.
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Portland Observatory

The Observatory

Historical Landmark with a View

Family Time Must See

Address: Phone:
138 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
+ 1 207 774 5561
Fax: +1 207 774 2509


Start out your trip to Portland with a stop at the Portland Observatory on the east side of town. The Observatory was constructed in 1807 and is the sole remaining maritime signal tower in the United States. It was once used to signal merchants in town that their ships had arrived. By using different colored flags, merchants would know to head down to the docks and prepare their ships for port. Today it is considered a National Historic Landmark and offers one of the best views of Portland to the general public, as well as guided tours where visitors will also learn the history of Portland. Once you've climbed 103 stairs to reach the top, you'll want to stay awhile and soak in the views of the bay, downtown Portland, and on clear days, the mountains all the way in New Hampshire.

What you should know before visiting Portland Observatory

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 10am-5pm, daily (Memorial Day-Columbus Day)
Visit Time: 30min-1hr
Average Wait Time: 0-15min
Notes: Tours are on the hour and half hour, with the last tour starting at 4:30pm.
Price: $5-$10
Discounts Available: Children under 6 (free!), Portland residents (discount!)


Outdoor with some covering. Notes: Bring layers in case it's raining or windy when you get to the top.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: All Ages
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Nearest Train or Bus: #1 Congress St./Munjoy Hill bus.
Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Bus
Parking Availability: Limited
Notes: Parking can be found on the street, but get there fast as it's on a first come basis.

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