Water Canal & Woods
Services and Facilities
The Canal Future
Interesting Facts
Canal Virtual Tour

Services and Facilities

The Waterway Orientation Service, operated by the Panama Canal Commission, welcomes visitors at the Miraflores Locks on the Pacific side of the Isthmus seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  A special pavilion provides a vantage point for viewing transiting ships. 

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iraflores Locks

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Bilingual guides will give you all the details, information and statistics. At the visitors center, a topographical model and  pictures provide more information about the operation of the Canal.

At the Gatun Locks, on the Atlantic side, there also is a pavilion open to visitors from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  However, there are no guides available.

Others places of historical interest around the Canal.  On the pacific: Stevens Circle, the port of Balboa, the Crafts Plaza in front of the Balboa Theater, the Administration Building with its beautiful high dome ceiling and mural paintings depicting the digging of Gaillard Cut at Gold Hill and the Summit Botanical Garden where there is an interesting display of animals found in the surrounding rainforest, and trees and plants are identified with small signs.  The Garden also provides picnic and playground areas.

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