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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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Gatun Lakee, Panama City, Panama
+507 272-3165
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Despite a heavy downpour, my wife and I stayed on the observation deck of our ship, the Island Princess, to watch the entry, filling and raising of ship from plck to lock. Simply an amazing engineering feat especially when the time it was built is...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank mforkner
Reviewed 2 days ago

The best time to see the ships passing by is in the afternoon. However, the crowds are huge. Try to get there early to get a good spot to record the ships passing by. You can also have an expensive lunch and enjoy the view.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank AleliMiami1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is the place you must visit once of your life. You will see the maga ship passing through the canal and knew the history of the canal. Also, knowing the modern city of Panama.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank willtrip456
Reviewed 2 days ago

As I live close to the Welland Canal in Canada I was very interested in visiting the Panama Canal. A very well setup facility and we enjoyed our visit. Do allow time to properly see the whole exhibit....I’d suggest 3 hours.

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank Robert M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Outstanding view of the Panama Canal operations. The place is packed with lots of history and the guides are very knowledgeable.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Emilio B
Reviewed 3 days ago

I go to Panamá every years, I always try to vitsit news places, Every time I go and stay at home or also I go to the beach house. In a year I go 1 or 2 times because is my favorite place and for...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Camilo O
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We booked this excursion through our Resort, Dreams La Playa Bonita Panama which included transportation from our hotel lobby to and from the Panama Canal. Our 1/2 day tour was outstanding and provided breakfast and lunch. We went through a couple locks, which was incredible!...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank pcdougher
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Panama Canal is an incredible engineering feat, visitors are able to clearly see from large viewing platforms the many ships that pass through the canal. A very interesting commentary is shared with visitors at different times throughout the day in both English and Spanish...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank jnewell572016
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was an okay experience, it was interesting to see the bridge go down so that the ships can pass. That takes a full 8 minutes because the gates move so slowly. Other than that for me it was not that great. It is just...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank 630paulettet
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Why visit Panama and miss this feat engineering? See ships go thru the locks and visit there museum.

Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Topsecretclearence | Reviewed this property |
Yes but I suppose it depends on the time I would check google to get the hours.
12 July 2019|
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Response from Jeffcreek | Reviewed this property |
It was very warm for us. 90s. It is very close to the equator.