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Miraflores Locks Visitor Center

Canalside, Panama City, Panama
(507) 276-8325
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Ranked #3 of 59 Attractions in Panama City
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Traveler Description: The Panama Canal is open 24 hours a day, but the visitor center is only open between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. "The center features an ample, fully... more »
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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

A great experience to view the cargo ships going through the locks. The simulator provides the virtual experience of guiding the ship through the locks. The rest of the exhibit worth a quick walk through.

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I learned a lot about the canal on this visit. Wish we could have seen a ship go through but our timing was off. Very interesting visit and economical. The gift shop offered a good variety of items as well. Only thing I did not like was that the restaurant did not take Amex so we could not stay and... More

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Southlake, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

The center provides an excellent view of the locks in action. Food at restaurant was average at best and very overpriced.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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121 reviews 121 reviews
32 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Miraflores Lock visitor center is probably the most popular point at the canal due to lock itself. You will need at least 30 minutes to spend there. The best part is on upper floor in a ship simulator room.

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puerto jimenez
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

When you are in Panama City, you should go to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center.A very informative Visitor center. Also , a great view of the operation of the Panama canal.

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Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

its cheap just 15 usd and it has small museum and they explain all about the canal, also there are inside restaurants, but be carefull about the arrival of the ships cuz if u go 1st to museum u can miss the ships :)

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San Diego, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

You must see the canal locks from this point of view. I had gone through the canal on a cruise ship, which is also awesome. But from visitor center you can watch several ships go through in a short amount of time. They have a snack shop and museum shop along with a movie to watch about the history of... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Entrance fee is 15$. Cheap taxi from Panama 10$ - 20min. It's easy to go by bus back, but do not forget that you need the metrobus card. You cannot pay cash to driver. Last 3D movie strands at 16:45 (English).

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We checked out the Miraflores Locks and visitor center. Great museum, video, and, of course, the locks. We were able to see the ships transfer from lock to lock then cruise off. We stayed out on the observation deck for a long while taking pictures and just watching the incredible ingenuity of this creation. The top observation deck was full,... More

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Medellin, Colombia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

At Miraflores the view on the locks is not as good as the view at Gatun Locks (Colon). The museum at Miraflores is worthwhile though. , especially the simulator, but it was quite crowdy there

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