Panama Canal

Panama Canal, Panama City: Address, Panama Canal Reviews: 4.5/5

Panama Canal
4.5
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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.
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Zeituni
Jerusalem, Israel1,624 contributions
Dec 2021
You are allowed to visit only the old part of the canal, so your experience is partial. Interesting museum inside.
Written January 18, 2022
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Lorraine B
St. Albans, UK330 contributions
Jan 2022
Apart from not being able to currently spend time in the museum at the visitors centre the visit was amazing. In theory you can only spend a limited time at the viewing platform on level 4 because of covid but they allow you to see the full transit of whatever ships are at your time slot. It is impossible to describe the experience of seeing the largest vessels go through. For me I could have spent all day there.
Written January 16, 2022
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Jihan C
Montreal, Canada44 contributions
Dec 2021
Due to Covid, we were unable to check the museum, a pity. We went directly to the observation deck but we got to see 2 ships crossing. Very interesting and impressive! Do not miss it!
Written January 1, 2022
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mosaferInternational
New York City, NY593 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We had booked our tickets on line for our visit. Unfortunately the website is very deceiving and doesn’t tell you that you can only have access to the roof top deck for full price.
When we arrived, we were rushed through the exhibit to the roof top for 30 minutes. The imax was closed. Overall, a very disappointing experience.
Written December 30, 2021
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Bkhkeys
Philadelphia, PA6 contributions
Dec 2021
We reserved tickets to the Visitor’s Center which basically just gives you access to the observation deck. The exhibits are closed due to Covid. However, the observation deck was packed and it was hard to get a good viewing spot. Best times to see ships are early morning and mid-afternoon.
Written December 30, 2021
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TJ E
Kansas City, MO301 contributions
Dec 2021
If going to Panama - it is a must see! Amazing what was done 100 years ago and still going. Some things are not going right now because of the pandemic, but still worth it.
Written December 29, 2021
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R M
Chambersburg, PA271 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Well if your in Panama why would you not want to see the canal! My granddaughter lives here, not sure how long she’ll be in Panama so I wanted to see as much as possible. The viewing area is great, we got to watch 4 ships pass through, very impressive.
Written December 29, 2021
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Mrs. Bunny
Boquete, Panama26 contributions
Dec 2021
Everybody have heard of this great engineering feat and how it works to make the travel of all ships from one side to the other is a must see! Best time to come here is around 9am and then 1pm because that is when big ships arrive. To get here, you can either use Uber (easy and hassle-free) taxi, (ave. $5-15) depends on where you're from), and bus (cheap but needs early planning). Admission fee is $10 and if you are a Panamanian resident, you only pay $3. Visitor center has 4 levels, first 3 floors is a museum but it is close at the moment, so head straight to 4th floor to get a panoramic view of canal and how ships go through.
Written December 24, 2021
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John P
Flyover Country, USA119 contributions
Dec 2021
It’s one of the seven modern wonders of the world. To watch our own ship go up to Gatun Locks is just amazing, and to watch ships at the visitors centers is epic!
Written December 22, 2021
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georgiaw829
South Ogden, UT45 contributions
Dec 2021
We visited the Miraflores Visitor Center to see the ships in the canal. The museum is very informative and the viewing area to watch the ships is very good.
Written December 18, 2021
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