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Panama Canal

Panama City, Panama
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As featured in 3 days in Panama City
Ranked #1 of 55 attractions in Panama City
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Brooklyn
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We drove to the locks. When you get there it looks like you're going into an industrial park, which kind of threw us off. Once we figured out how to get in we had a great time. Seeing the massive ships come through was amazing. Try to get to the locks around noon so you can have lunch then get... More

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We visited here on an 8-hour layover in Panama City. So glad we decided to book a private city and locks tour and see this extraordinary engineering feat in action. It is quite something when a container ship passes through these locks - and while it takes a little bit of time it's worth every moment. The visitor centre was... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

To make it worth your time & money, you need to know when the ships are there so you can see the locks working. You can call ahead to ask this. $15 entry fee for non-nationals; $3 for nationals. Keep your ticket for the movie & museum. The 3D movie is ten minutes long and runs twice an hour- once... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The trip is a great experience to see one of the worlds greatest engineering accomplishments. It can feel long, and we just did the partial tour but it is great.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Also a "Must-see" when visiting Panama as the canal is the reason for Panama's prosperity...! Visit the Canal Museum in "Casco Viejo" first to get a good understanding of the history behind this monumental project and then head out...!

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I traveled with my family and it was worth it to see it, to watch the film about their story and the museum too. I was happy to spent two hours there!

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Panama Canal is an incredible and extraordinary place. With a lot of history and a impresive new construction going on. Seeing how it work is a very educative experience. If you go to Panama you have to go to the Visitors Center of the Panama Canal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The 100-year old Panama Canal is a crossroad for world commerce and a feat of human ingenuity. Don't miss the Miraflores Locks Visitors Center, with historical and hands-on exhibits. At the restaurant you can sip a glass of wine or beer and watch the sun set over world shipping, as mega-vessels slip through the massive locks in their journey to... More

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Huacas, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Just take a taxi to the canal and you will find your way around very easy. Watch the big boats passing and get more info @ the 3D cinema and / or museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The canal is really neat to see and watch a huge cargo container ship "squeeze" though. Also the restaurant at the canal is great to watch the canal and the museum at the canal is pretty interesting.

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