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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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Hold a starfish in your own hands

The place is a little hidden into Amador Causeway and it's small entrance sometimes can get you lost to get there, however if you like to check some animals that you can normally... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The place is a little hidden into Amador Causeway and it's small entrance sometimes can get you lost to get there, however if you like to check some animals that you can normally only see if you did Scuba Diving or watching an Animal Planet series; you get to see them face to face there. Turtles, a lot of crazy... More 

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Heredia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I filled my 3yo daughter of expectations according to what I had read about the Starfish, Sharks, Turtles and Stingrays... Very dissapointed to discover there was far less of what I wanted to find, just two or three turtles, one stingray, like three starfish... Maybe for one moment it was my mistake to give the name "Smithsonian" too much credit... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

beautiful location on the amador causeway, iguana wandering around, mother sloth in the tree, small but good informational display of various frogs, hands on tide pool animal. nature trail. beach wtih large number pelican. comorants. need to expain auquarium

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It's an open air "nature center" that's mostly cool because it gives kids a chance to touch a star fish and other small sea creatures. There is a shark and turtle aquarium and we saw a huge iguana and some cool birds as well. I would only go if you have young children.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Well worth the $5, Nature paths with some explanations. Half dozen aquariums with mostly salt water fishes/corals from Atlantic and Pacific sides. Touch starfish. Currently very interesting special exhibit with guide, ours was Spanih only, about Panamanin frogs and the crisis all frogs are facing from this deadly fungus infection. Pool with 2 different kinds of sea turtles and nurse... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute located on Punta Culebra is a joy to see. Be sure to look on a map where this is found as the entrance is behind the hotels and not obvious to find. Once you are there you are in for a treat.

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Ohio, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Excelent Place to take kids. THe interpretation is great and the Smithsonian Guides are really good.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This nature center is run by the Smithsonian, and it's like a small nature preserve full of local/native animals and plants. We saw a mother sloth and her baby in a tree just off the path, which was a treat! There are also exhibits with sea life (fish, starfish, turtles) and many native plants. It is definitely worth the $5... More 

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Tonosi, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

They must have gone around the timber forests and relocated all the imperiled sloths to Punta Culebra because there are a ton of sloths in the trees. The reef tanks are nice (and the room has AC). There is a new frog exhibit from the Smithsonian that is very well put together.

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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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