Just in time for Independence Day and the holiday weekend, one of Maine's finest attractions will open for the season, tomorrow, July 3rd.

At 420 feet tall, the Penobscot Narrows Observatory is the tallest Observatory in the world, and gives one an excellent view both up and down the Penobscot River.  On one side is Fort Knox and Bucksport, and to the other you'll see the winding river making it's way to Stockton Springs and Searsport.  The bridge below at 135 feet above the Penobscot River carries Route 1 from Verona Island to Prospect.

The Observatory would normally be open at this time, but of course due to the COVID-19 pandemic it has been closed.  New rules include no more than eight people at a time on the observatory level in order to facilitate social distancing, and all visitors must be wearing a face mask, according to the Maine Department of Transportation.

The observatory will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. The final elevator ride to the top departs at 5:30 p.m.

Now if you just don't have the courage to set foot into the elevator for the long trip up, then take the virtual tour that the State offers.  It's pretty cool!  You'll start out by entering the base of the Observatory before making our way to the elevator for the trip up to the top.  Once you get there you'll have a 360 degree view of everything, virtually of course.  Just try your best not to get woozy while sitting there in that recliner within your living room.

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