A Family Trip to the Penobscot Narrows Observatory

October 6, 2016

Hi Eddie, I wanted to share our family trip to The Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory because I think everyone that drives by should stop and explore this landmark. I thought if I posted some of my photos it would encourage people to visit.


According to the Maine DOT site, The Bridge is Taller Than the Statue of Liberty! Hum really? Yes, yes it is and a bit scary but exhilarating at the same time. So you arrive and have the option to purchase a ticket for Fort Knox, The Observatory or Both. On this day we wanted to strictly focus on the Observatory.


Parking is a breeze and the view is spectacular. Walking up the entrance, you are immediately amazed when you look up at the height of the tower. A thrill forms in the pit of your stomach because you know in a few seconds you are going to enter into an elevator that takes one minute to get to the top!  Yikes! But so worth it!


So in the elevator we go and before you can get your bearings, the door opens to glass and a view that takes your breath away.


There are three decks in the observatory offering views in every direction. The elevator stops on the lowest deck, and a stairway leads up to the other two decks. The observatory is fully enclosed in special safety glass, but there is no heat or air conditioning. If it is a cool day, plan to wear a coat, and if it is windy, you will probably feel a breeze. If you have any trouble with stairs, a vertical lift connects the elevator deck with the top deck. While you are there, check out the beautiful inlaid bronze compass rose on the top deck.

 Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory are Open May 1st - October 31st

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