Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory

When our family takes a summer road trip, we’re not the “let’s hurry to our destination” types. Rather we like to check out the places that catch our interest along the way. While driving to Blue Hill, we decided to stop at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory in Prospect. Located on the grounds of Fort Knox historic site, the 420 foot high observatory is the only one of its kind in the United States and the tallest in the world. In fact, it’s even taller than the Statue of Liberty!



The Penobscot Bridge links the towns of Prospect and Verona.


CP#1 snaps a selfie near the granite entryway to the observatory.

Inside the cool granite foyer of the observatory, we waited in line for the elevator. When it was our turn to board, the elevator delivered us up 42 stories to our destination. We exited into a narrow foyer with large glass windows at every turn. The view of the Penobscot was spectacular, but MP could have sworn the floor was moving. Or maybe she was just feeling dizzy from the height? There was no time for consideration. CP#2 already started up the stairs to the main observation deck. MP found herself clinging to the railing as she followed him.

“Wow!” exclaimed CP#2 at the top. “Just wow!” From above, we could see what looked like Matchbox cars crossing the bridge, lush mountains and valleys, church steeples and boats docked on the river. MP tried to let go a little, take a deep breath and enjoy the 360-degree views that people from all over the world come to experience.




While visiting, MP learned that the Friends of Fort Knox are hosting a moon viewing at the observatory on Saturday, September 17 from 8-10 p.m. She imagines the view of the moon and stars will be magic!

FMI on Penobscot Narrows Observatory, visit here. The observatory is open May through October, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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