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The Gatun Locks are must see!!! We traversed the Locks at night. The process is incredibly interesting, and the scenes create an outstanding photo opportunity!!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Gatun Locks are must see!!! We traversed the Locks at night. The process is incredibly interesting, and the scenes create an outstanding photo opportunity!!!

Thank VirginiaTraveler805
White Salmon, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The new canal locks just opened in June & the new visitor center is a real gem!! While there is really only a movie and a pamphlet that you get it is well worth the $15 entrance fee. The place is like a park with picnic tables and even a nice sit down restaurant too. And the view from the... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are a few exhibits old locomotives used to steady the ships and a few large cogs but information is a bit thin on the ground. The real attraction is watch huge ships passing through at close hand. No real facilities coffee shop souvenirs etc and unfortunately you can't stop at the new lock

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to view the locks and was lucky enough to see 2 containers passing through, the different view points were easy to view from and covered. We were also lucky enough to travel through the locks on another day, which was awe inspiring to view this marvel of engineering.

Thank 24saubrasdealportal
lisbellaw n.ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Brilliant site for seeing how the canal works. We drove over the new canal to get here and were able to see how everything works at close hand. The commentary in the viewing platform is really good, focuses on the facts and the key questions. Great for taking photos and videos, though the platform can get very crowded as people... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting, nice beautiful landscape. Great to see a boat pass from Gatun lake to the Atlantic Ocean. The presentation video quite interesting too and good size. It is interesting that while seeing the new canal in operation, on the background one may be able to see other boats passing by using the old canal !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

But what a difference it made building the Panama Canal on the worlds maritime travel networks! It was a common story that should have been learned by the French before they turned up in the 1880s thinking they could just waltz through the jungle and carve a channel through the Panama Isthmus. There had been plenty of examples in the... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Want to be up close to one of the wonders of the world? Then go to the visitor centers at Gatun Locks. At the Agua Clara visitor center you can see the new Panama Canal expansion and watch the Panamax ships go through. You also get a good view of the Atlantic entrance and Gatun Lake. The observation point is... More 

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Panama City, Panama, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The visitor center at the new Agua Clara locks is perfect to see the New-Panamax vessels go through on their way from one ocean to the other one. Impressive and easy to find. And there is a nice restaurant with a view..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I never knew how important this canal is to maritime trade. This connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

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