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Punta Culebra Nature Center

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Address: Marine Exhibition Center | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 507-212-8793
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If in the area, OK to visit with kids

This is a really small kind of “zoo”, in reality a Smithsonian research center. This island (plus the other three) were part of former Ft. Grant, when walking you may notice some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Varese, Italy

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Varese, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really small kind of “zoo”, in reality a Smithsonian research center. This island (plus the other three) were part of former Ft. Grant, when walking you may notice some railways and some batteries of former military use; in the cold war days railroad guns were used in this area, easily transportable from coast to coast and movable... More 

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Bedford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here late in the afternoon. We saw a two toed sloth up close and personal in the parking lot! They have tanks of fish and turtles. The exhibits in the building were all about frogs and toads and were really interesting and fun. Small enough so that we didn't have time to be bored!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Punta Culebra Nature Center is an active research institution. It is on a scenic location and features an interesting number of attractions: exotic frogs, turtles, fish, sloths and iguanas. You can catch a metro bus back to the city after your visit, or dine at one of the local establishments.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with a tour of the city. We saw a sloth in the first tree we looked at, before almost tripping over a huge iguana. The fish tanks were cool, the views spectacular, the frog room fascinating and the turtle and sand shark tank also really cool. Well worth the trip.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

A decades old collaboration between Panama and Smithsonian Institute to study animal and sea life in Panama. Provides a short outdoor walk through a living laboratory that offers views of both animal and marine life typical to the region. Inexpensive and informative. Especially good for kids.

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PuntaCulebra, Program Coordinator at Punta Culebra Nature Center, responded to this review

Spot on description, rgbob! Thank you for the review! More 

Wasilla, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

After lunch at Mi Ranchito, we took a short walk. Found some sloths and iguanas. Pools to touch starfish and watch sea urchins and sea cucumbers. Small aquariums that show some fish. Large pool with turtles.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

We visited this center as part of a tour with barefoot panama. The center is small and can easily be seen in 30 minutes. They do have several sloths to see in the trees. They have some fish, a couple of nurse sharks and several iguanas. If you want to see sloths go here!

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PuntaCulebra, Program Coordinator at Punta Culebra Nature Center, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Cada51! In fact, we've taken a census of our sloths, and Culebra has over 20! Some even have adorable little babies now. More 

San Mateo, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

I will premise this by saying that the Rana exploration exhibit was closed when I visited, so maybe with that building open the Center would be worth the visit. I also should reveal that I live very close to a world class aquarium in Monterey, CA, so I'm a bit biased. The exhibits here consist of 1) a pool with... More 

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PuntaCulebra, Coordinator at Punta Culebra Nature Center, responded to this review

We're sorry that you were disappointed with your visit. We did have the frog exhibition closed for a couple of days due to an air conditioning problem, but it has since been fixed and we hope that you will come back to give us another chance. The exhibition is really well-done and features some awesome frogs! More 

Panama City, Panama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Ok for an hour, just 4 small exhibits, it is a shame that there is not a decent aquarium in Panama. This place needs a makeover, and more fish! Went for the ocean month celebration, advertised from 11 am to 4 pm. Arrived at 3 and everything was over. Currently they have a frogs exhibit that is nice. Don't visit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

if you go to biomuseo you could also visit this place is near by and is has some interesting sealife research institue. also there is a great restaurant before you enter this place los ranchitos tipical panama food and great fried corvina and snapper good price ocena view

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