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Gatun Locks

Colon, Panama
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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Colon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Alberta
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We had visited the Miraflores Locks prior to coming here and were impressed but this was even better! You can get so close to the ships and you have an excellent view of the gates as they open. The staff were very friendly and easy to understand as they talked about the lock operations. I would highly recommend visiting this... More

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Duluth, Georgia
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62 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Our cruise ship entered the locks early in the day, just after breakfast. Wifey and I grabbed some coffee and spent the next 90 minutes on a forward balcony, watching the operations. It was hot and sunny (shade and/or sunscreen are a must) and binoculars are highly recommended. The locks are in three stages with 2 side-by-side lanes. We were... More

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

Having been to the Miraflores Locks visitor centre a few time, this was my first trip to the Gatun Locks. Though not as touristy as it's Panama City counterpart, the Gatun visitor centre is a much better place to get up close to vessels and lock operations. It is less crowded and had someone giving a live audio explanation when... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

First, I'd like to mention that this review discusses two different locations: the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center and the (older) Gatun Locks Visitor Center. Both are two distinct locations that are very near each other. The Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center is very near the Gatun Locks (maybe 10 minutes by car). From this observation point, you are able... More

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Laurel, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My second time here. It is alot better now, they have built a beautiful visitor center. Well worth the time, excellent. Loved it.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Happened to be on location on the 50th Anniversary. Being so close on the locks and ships -- help put the sizes and the movement of vessels a new perspective.

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Appleton WI
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The Gatun Lock experience offers twice the adventure. First the observation deck of the current lock system enables you to see all three locks at one place (unlike the Pacific side). Also, this observation deck is much closer to the action of the canal compared to the Miraflores deck. Second, there is another observation deck at the new locks under... More

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Miami, Florida
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Gatun Locks are a fascinating attraction, and the visitor center is great for visitors who enjoy good strong physical health, but it's not so good for others. You can see the boats very close up, and you have a great view of the entrance from the ocean. There are 2 very informative guides at the locks, and there is... More

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

There are three lock chambers that raise ships to a height of 87 feet above sea level. Each lock is 100 feet wide and 1000 feet long and takes eight to 15 minutes to fill with water, according of them. Is an experience that everybody should have. You can read everything, but being there is an amazing experience. We opted... More

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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The Locks are just simple amazing. And the system that was build so many years ago aare still functioning. Had a great trip to the locks, and the day after we were sailing there - a great experince.

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