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Gatun Locks

Colon, Panama
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Colon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

While the visitor ctr and the Mira Flores locks are a must while in Panama, somehow get to the Gatun Locks. They seem to play 2nd fiddle to Mira Flores but they are better because you are closer to everything. At about 20-25 ft from your finger tips, these floating behemoths will marvel you in their shear size. The operation... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Went to the Gatun locks and were amazed with the speed of transfer and the constant stream of ships waiting to transit. Currently there is a third set of locks being constructed to increase the amount of traffic as well as the overall vessel beam

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Trrinity
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The lake is scenic. You can see a tiny bit of the dam (on the high side). Not much else to say about a body of water.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Viewing the Panama Canal and how the ships maneuver through the locks is a very interesting and educational experience. We took so many pictures of this historical engineering marvel! The announcer explained all the details about the building of the canal and all the working details. A wonderful experience.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

It was great to view the ships travelling through the canal.The announcer was great in explaining the history of the canal as well as how the locks operate. I was surprised that it was not crowded on our visit. I was able to take pictures with ease.

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Playa Coronado, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We took our Panama Roadrunner staff to see the expansion and was impressed by the size of the gates, the organization and a very nice observation center.

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Baar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Informative films about histoy and works. Good explications about new locks. partially Bad road to get there.

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Midwest City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Absolutely fantastic! What a treat to witness ships traversing the canals. We thoroughly enjoyed the historical narrative provided by Mario #3. Make sure to take pictures from several angles and viewpoints to accurately capture the engineering marvel of the canal.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We took a cruise ship's tour and had more than an hour to watch the locks operate and ships pass through. It was easy to view and really fascinating, with excellent explanations about how it works.

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quebec
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I went to Miraflores and a week later Gatun! If you're based in Panama city, Gatun is further true, but wayyyyy less people... I had trouble taking a picture at Miraflores without 20 persons in it! At Gatun, we were 6! You have a great view that way and can see the whole process without people pushing you! They play... More 

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