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Observation Centre Canal Expansion

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Observation Centre Canal Expansion

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Combination Tour from Panama City: Rainforest, San Lorenzo Fort and Canal Expansion
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Combination Tour from Panama City: Rainforest, San Lorenzo Fort and Canal Expansion

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Discover the historic landmarks, natural wonders, and engineering marvels of the Panama Canal on this full-day tour from Panama City. Explore the rainforest of the San Lorenzo National Park and look out for wildlife including sloths, monkeys, and anteaters. Visit the colonial-era San Lorenzo Fort, admire views over Gatun Lake, and see the Agua Clara section of the Panama Canal extension.
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Larry T wrote a review Mar 2020
Milford, Delaware554 contributions186 helpful votes
We visited here as part of a Princess excursion. We were allotted two hours. At first it was very busy but then thinned out. When busy it is hard to get a good viewing spot at the observation deck to see the ships going through the locks. If you can get a good position up front than you can get good photos. As it turns out our cruise ship was returning through the locks from Gatun Lake. It was quite a sight to see. You also get good views of Gatun Lake and ships on the lake waiting to go through the locks. The observation center seems to be a relatively new facility. There is a theater that offers a short documentary on the Panama Canal in English on the hour and in Spanish on the half-hour. You can purchase snacks here and there are tables under roof where you can sit to eat or just relax. There is a gift shop. The facility has nice restrooms. If you are adventurous there is a short nature trail through the rain forest. We took the trail but did not see any wildlife. The variety of plants and trees though was interesting.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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pinn wrote a review Mar 2020
ontario canada1,467 contributions143 helpful votes
So excited once we arrived to see a huge tanker go through locks. The viewing platform was busy but we managed to get a great view of the locks in action.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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NieSam wrote a review Mar 2020
Maine893 contributions209 helpful votes
The Observation Center has a nice viewing platform that allows you to see ships entering and exiting the Agua Clara Locks. It can get very crowded making it hard to get a spot close to the fence. There’s an informational video that’s broadcast frequently, a small gift shop, a snack bar, lots of seating and clean restrooms. You can get a great idea of how the locks work while here. If you have to choose between the two Observation Centers, you might want to go to the Miraflores Locks instead. It is a state of the art facility with a four story museum, a large, raised viewing platform allowing a much better view of ships going through the locks, a large gift shop, a paved parking lot and an IMAX Theater. You can see what the locals mean when they say that Panama City receives the bulk of government spending, when compared to Colon.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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M&MYoung wrote a review Feb 2020
35 contributions10 helpful votes
We visited here as part of a cruise ship day trip. There is a video in various languages that plays giving tonnes of background information and there are announcements about when each one is starting, it's worth a watch. The viewing platforms get crowded at times but there is plenty of space and it's easy to see ships entering the lock and moving through, all accompanied by a commentary. It was very educational and entertaining
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Date of experience: February 2020
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SueWolves53 wrote a review Feb 2020
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom288 contributions57 helpful votes
From the platforms at the centre you are able to see the ships enter the canal being moved by the tugs. Not always able to get good photos due to the fences, better in some parts than others. There is an informative short video which they do keepletting you know when one is starting over the loud speaker. Ther is a small stall and cafe.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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