Maine Sightseeing: Portland Observatory

There’s no better place to go sightseeing of Portland in southern Maine than the Portland Observatory. Built in 1807, The Portland Observatory is the last remaining maritime signal tower in the country. With a ‘lantern’ P&J Dolland Achromatic Refracting Telescope and flag signals, the observatory would provide communication between the shore and land a few hours before incoming ships reached the docks. The telescope had mysteriously disappeared back in 1939. Which can only mean one thing: magic! Or theft.

Sightseeing in Southern Maine
Photo by Julie Bishop

This Southern Maine landmark is an attraction for many tourists. Not surprisingly, it’s also a site for a good workout too!

The observatory’s guided tours which mainly examine the maritime history, the significance of the structure, and transformations Portland has undergone during the past couple centuries.

Doors open at 10:00 am. Visitors must guided to the top for safety precautions with tours generally on the hour with the last tour at 4:30 pm. Catch the sunset

Admission is also free on Flag Day, June 14th.

For more information on tours and admission of the Portland Observatory, check out the Portland Landmarks site. If you’re interested in the history of the Portland Observatory,

-Laura S.