Guests of Radisson Hotel Panama Canal can enjoy breathtaking views of the Panama Canal from their scenic balcony or while lounging by the outdoor pool. Construction of the Panama Canal was completed on August 15, 1914 and totaled nearly $9.2 million USD by today’s standard. Upon its completion, the canal was one of the largest engineering feats of its time. The canal is a 77-kilometer-long artificial waterway that provides access between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, which is crucial for maritime trade. Between 2007 and 2016, the canal was expanded to include a third lane of locks, which allows larger ships carrying more cargo to pass through its corridors. This expansion had a major positive economic impact on the region by generating more than 30,000 local jobs. The Canal remains today an integral part of Panama’s economy and the main hub for maritime trade.
Miraflores Visitors Center
The Miraflores Visitors Center offers educational exhibits like a 3-D projection room and four exhibition halls with information about the Panama Canal. Guests can get outstanding views of the canal from one of the terraces or the observation gallery. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the restaurant on the fourth floor, and pick up a few gifts from the souvenir shop after you eat.
Tickets are available daily from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The exhibitions, restaurant and souvenir shop are open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Agua Clara Visitors Center
In contrast to Miraflores, this visitor center is located in the Atlantic, near the City of Colón. The center offers spectacular panoramic views of Lake Gatun and the work of the expansion project. On-site attractions include a restaurant and cafeteria, a projection room and a souvenir shop with various gifts relating to the canal and its expansion.
Tickets are available daily from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The exhibitions, cafeteria and souvenir shop are open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Interoceanic Canal Museum
The Interoceanic Canal Museum of Panama offers education exhibits concerning the conservation, research and history of the Panama Canal. The museum is located in Casco Antiguo and features eleven exhibition halls with an audio guide system.
The center is open from Tuesday to Sunday and tickets are available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibitions are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Don’t miss the opportunity to get up close to the Panama Canal on a thrilling boat tour that takes you through the locks alongside large cargo ships. Though there are many tour companies available, we recommend Panama Marine Adventures of Canal & Bay Tours.