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Penobscot Narrows Open for Season 

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.