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Address: Colon, Panama
Phone Number: 507-841-9360
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The visitor centre at Gatun lock is a must see if you are in Panama. There is an observation platform where you get a close up view of ships going through the locks, and there are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Wigan
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The visitor centre at Gatun lock is a must see if you are in Panama. There is an observation platform where you get a close up view of ships going through the locks, and there are plenty of photo opportunities. It is steeped in history, and it is fascinating to see big boats raise some 85 feet between the three... More 

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Queens, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Check the boat crossing schedule first before planning the trip. It is a 20 minute drive from the center of the city .

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Port Jefferson, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are going on a Panama Canal cruise, you don't need to book an excursion. Your cruise ship is your excursion! The people who left the ship in Gatun Lake for excursions missed going through the canal in daylight! We approached the first set of locks and proceeded through the canal before dawn. Everyone was wandering about the ship... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating visit on cruise ship to see a engineering marvel from 100 years ago. Amazing that it takes 52 million gallons of water per lock. And it costs the cruise ship a quarter million dollars to go through. A good bucket list item.

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Thank wayne m
Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Canal de Panama Authority has built an observation center in proximity to the new Gatun lock expansion project. Absolutely fantastic to see and well worth the price for international visitors ($15). Bring your binoculars and camera. Cute gift shop also on site as well as a snack bar with water, etc for sale. You can see ships waiting to... More 

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North Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the visitor centre, where we watched a ship passing through the Gatun Locks, very interesting, certainly a feat of great engineering, not to be missed if you are in Colon. The centre was very busy but still managed to get good views and 'up close' to large ships.

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Burton-on-Trent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sadly for many visitors the opportunity to see this attraction in the manner in which we did will be coming to a close we think. We visited the visitor centre overlooking the Locks at Gatun where the work is nearing completion the new larger locks.took some amazing photos and video of the locks in action which "amazed" my grandchildren by... More 

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Thank bentwhit
Goa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The first lock to enter the Panama Canal from the Atlantic Ocean. It lifts the ships to the level of the gating lake. People crowd the decks of cruise ships to witness this Engineering marvel.

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Gatun Locks as part of a cruise your. We had the opportunity to watch our ship pass through the locks. A detailed explanation was provided by staff. Very educational.

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Thank Pamela M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We experienced Gatun Locks in two ways on our recent cruise from San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale. Our first opportunity was to transit the canal and go through each lock. Gatun Locks were our last before arriving in Colon. Once we arrived we took a private tour to the Gatun Locks. This was we saw it from ground level and... More 

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