Penobscot Narrows Observatory now open for season

Posted May 04, 2012, at 5:18 a.m.

PROSPECT, Maine — The only bridge observatory in the Western Hemisphere, the Penobscot Narrows Observatory in Maine, is open for the season.

The sightseeing tower that’s part of the cable-stay bridge between Prospect and Verona Island opened for its sixth season Thursday. It’s accessible from the grounds of Fort Knox in Prospect.

A one-minute elevator ride takes visitors to a platform with a 360-degree view from 437 feet above the Penobscot River, just a few miles from Penobscot Bay. The observatory offers views of mountains, lakes and portions of Penobscot Bay.

The 42-story-high observatory is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until June 30, and then until 6 p.m. through Aug. 31. It closes at the end of October.

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