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Address: Gatun Lake, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number:
+507 272-3165
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Operating since 1914 and considered one of the wonders of the world, this...

Operating since 1914 and considered one of the wonders of the world, this fifty-mile waterway transports ships by raising them from sea level to more than 85 feet via a series of gravity-powered locks.

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Amazing engineering and example of mans perseverance.

So many things are possible that we once thought impossible. This project had numerous obstacles and attempted by many. Yet people persisted. Everyone played a significant role... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So many things are possible that we once thought impossible. This project had numerous obstacles and attempted by many. Yet people persisted. Everyone played a significant role and many gave their life. Breakthroughs in medicine, treatment of disease, the killing of mosquitoes and amazing engineering breakthroughs were seen during this project.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Panama Canal joins the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. It's amazing to see how the locks work and vessels cross the canal for a shorter transit time. Very cool ! Must see !

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Miraflora locks are the ones you will visit from Panama City. The drive was not too bad if you have a car. There was plenty of parking. As you approach the entrance you will think you are in the wrong place, just proceed over the one way bridge and you will be there. We lucked out and happened to... More 

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Dorado, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's amazing what the mind of man can envision! A way to cut weeks off a journey between oceans that includes lifting enormous ships thru the mountains of Panama. And it's all done by gravity-no pumps needed. The lake generates the electricity needed to make it all work. Yeah Teddy Roosevelt, medical breakthroughs, and good old American ingenuity!

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Springville, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is for sure a very touristy place, but it is a must see when in Panama. They have set up the visitors center very nicely and it is certainly an amazing sight to see.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The view from the fourth floor of the Panama Canal was good however the tour of the Museum is what made the excursion!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

it is well worth the trip to go and see. very interesting to see the boats go up and down. the museum and info centre is very informative about the history and operation of the canal. take a uber from down town and a taxi back. only suggestion see if a big cruise ship is in town and schedule a... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is state of the art. It is a really neat place to spend a couple of hours at. The movie 12 min is well don't too.

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Forest Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Watching a massive cruise ship get lowered 27 feet down to Pacific sea level after its trip through the Panama Canal is truly something to see. The Canal Visitor center does an excellent job both with a ten minute video and a four floor exhibit, of showing the history o the canal, the canals that had to be overcome, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

From the hotel we stayed it tooks us only 20min to get there. It is a part of the Panamian history, that is why we wanted to see it live. We were impressed.

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