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.