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Observation Centre Canal Expansion

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Address: Cgatun calle jose bazan , contiguo lineas del tren | Margaita , Gatun, Colon, Panama
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Colon Observation Center of the Canal Expansion From Panama City
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See firsthand the new larger locks that open onto the Caribbean.

Observe the efficiency of the new larger set of locks from a modern observation deck with English and Spanish live narrations. Clean restrooms and a small snack & drink vendor... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Observe the efficiency of the new larger set of locks from a modern observation deck with English and Spanish live narrations. Clean restrooms and a small snack & drink vendor are available. A short informative video is provided in English and Spanish every 30 minutes.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

We grabbed a local taxi from the cruise port and he took us through the town on our way here.what an eye opener. The observation centre is $15 each to get in but well worth it.its all new and a brilliant way to see the new lock. We were lucky enough to see a tanker going through and 3 hours... More 

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Merritt Island, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Be there right when it opens at 9am or you might not get to see any ships go through, it is really interesting to see how they pull them through the canal

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Queenstown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2016

The new visitor's center for the new Gatun Locks is worth a visit. Unlike the others, which I suspect were after-thoughts, this facility was designed to provide a great view and education on the canal. The canal is flooded now and they seem to be getting close to opening. They've even included a path through the jungle to see what... More 

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Pearl, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

The visitor’s center for the Panama Canal Expansion Project is new and offers an expansive view of the canal and the work being done on the new lock. We started with a movie about the addition which was informative and then a question and answer session following. The person presenting was very knowledgeable and provided lots of information. This area... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2016

A good short movie, excellent information, great views. An informative and enjoyable less crowded way to learn about the canal. You won't be disappointed.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2015

We recently had the opportunity to once again visit this place. It is hard to imagine that magnitude of the locks and the ships that pass through them! it is awe-inspiring. we then were truly blessed to travel with wonderful French Friends that have a sailboat, too, and they offered the tremendous opportunity for us to cruise aboard their sailboat... More 

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Monterrey, Mexico
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Reviewed 12 August 2015

If you liked the Canal then this is a MUST SEE, I'm pretty sure in the next years this will become "THE" Observation Centre of the Canal but in the meantime just enjoy the amazing view of Gatun Lake and incredible construction of the Canal. As it still doesn't receive many visitors, even tough they have the whole infrastructure (a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2015

The experience was priceless, to see everything before it is flooded and see what is involved. There is a great observation center and both a restaurant and cafeteria. Service is friendly.

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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

This zone is about 1 hour north of Panama City (near Colon). It is well worth the visit. You see progress of construction of the new lock on the Atlantic side. The scale is enormous and the speed with which they're completing it is very impressive. A must see for anyone interested in the Panama Canal. While you're there, visit... More 

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