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Punta Culebra Nature Center

Address: Marine Exhibition Center | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 507-212-8793
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Panama City Sightseeing Tour Including Miraflores...
85%
Ranked #15 of 67 Attractions in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
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Panama City, Panama
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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

My grandchildren, ages 12, 9, 7 and 5, visited earlier this month and we took them here. The kids thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the interactive exhibits. We saw a lot of iguanas and a sloth in the entrance. It's cheap to get in and well worth a couple of hours of your time, especially if you have children. Would highly... More 

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

nice to walk around, some cute interactive exhibits for the kids but enough for a little stroll in the afternoon and see a little sealife, fresh air and enjoy the spectacular location on punta culebra

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Leesville, Louisiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

So we went to Parque Natural Metropolitano the day prior and really didn't expect too much difference, but this place is definitely worth it. The cost was cheap ($5 for each foreigner adult), and the wildlife was plentiful. Keep your eyes in the trees and you'll see iguanas and some sloths. Recommend going here before the Parque Natural Metropolitano, so... More 

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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Liked it a lot, can see starfishes, sloths, crabs, small sharks, parrots and turtles, do some picnic. Is a nice family place.

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Houston, Texas
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85 reviews 85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

A glorious escape from the traffic-clogged city! You’ll find several well-marked nature trails, tanks where you can pet starfish, sea cucumbers, and more, and a large turtle pool where hawksbill and green turtles are very visible. More than a dozen sloths hide in the canopies. In the visitor’s center is a frog exhibit that clearly shows dozens of species. You’ll... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Great vista of the canal and fun interactive displays of local marine life. Worth a trip with the family!

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Panama City, Panama
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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Don´t expect a huge modern aquarium. They have very few showcases of fish and turtles and sealife. They have a touch and feel aquarium and around 10 aquariums with fish from the Pacific and the Atlantic. This is a good place to visit if you want to do something with the kids and want to spend an hour top. This... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Children get to see and test what goes on in the ocean. Smithsonian has this nicely preserved considering the gigantic city that now surrounds it.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very worth the visit. The day I had a tour to Punta Culebra in spite of the rain, I could see the canal, the boats arriving and leaving and could eat in a restaurant facing the ocean.

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Escazu, Costa Rica
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Really nice to hold so many varieties of star fish in your bare hands, great looks a many of the sea fauna of the Pacific of Panama and really enjoyable half day tour. Great for kids and nature lovers!

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