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Punta Culebra Nature Center

Marine Exhibition Center | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama
507-212-8793
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Ranked #19 of 59 Attractions in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Panama City, Panama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
8 helpful votes 8 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Fort Myers, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

way too small, you can finish the trip in 15 minutes, i prefer the Summit better, much bigger better attractions.

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San Francisco, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Mostly outdoor exhibits, saw sea turtle, little sharks. A newer building has several fish tanks inside. There is even a touch pool for kids. Saw sloths in the trees. Good views of the bay and ocean. Be sure to visit when in Amador. To make the most of the taxi fare ($5 each way), combine with a lunch at Mi... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This is a great place to get away from the bustle of Panama City and see beach, tropical dry forest, and some wildlife. For occupying such a small area, the park really offers a lot. Very easy to get to by taxi or a bus from Albrook terminal leaves every 15 minutes or so.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I saw a few birds, sloth, iguanas, and the aquariums are okay. It is a nice walk in a well-used forest on the peninsula, but to really see wildlife you need a guide into Soberania National Park. It was nice but not worth two taxi fares + the $5 admission fee.

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I had heard this was a very tiny park/ aquarium, but my kids loved it! We were almost on an island, we saw crabs crawling in the rocks, mangroves growing among some ruins, there were sea turtles and sharks and starfish. We met some curious and friendly raccoons and had the chance to find about twenty sloths hanging from the... More

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

It's small but you leave with the feeling that you've seen a lot. The children love the up close encounters with unique animals such as sloths, racoons, mantray, star fish (there is a fish tank where you can actually touch them). Te staff is very helpful, friendly and well informed. Very nice views of the large cargo ships heading to... More

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Panama City, Panama
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

The small peninsula used to be an artillery position to secure the Canal. Now it's a place of untouched nature, where you can study rainforest, beach and even see and touch a few sea creatures. Whilst the centre tries hard to be also entertaining (quite important for kids) it appears a little run down and poorly maintained. However, it is... More

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