Panama Canal Visitors Center
There are a few different ways that visitors can watch a passing, including experiencing it first-hand on one of the Panama Canal Tours that goes through the locks. There are plenty of cruise ships that make canal trips, as well as one-day boat tours that start from Gamboa where the Chagres River empties into the canal. They then set off nine miles toward the locks and pass through them, eventually ending the journey at the Amador Causeway.
Those short on time should opt to make the trip out to the Miraflores Visitor Centre instead. There, outdoor viewing platforms offer a birds-eye, unobstructed view of the Miraflores set of locks, making this the best way to see the Panama Canal in action. Exact transit times are available so guests can schedule their visit to coincide with a ship passing, and since it changes daily it’s best to call the visitor centre beforehand. You can also go a little further and visit the new locks of Agua Clara on the Atlantic side, so you can know and live the experience of the Canal visitor centers on the Pacific and the Atlantic.