Friday, August 3, 2012

The Panama Canal with a Toddler

The Panama Canal may not be the first place to come to mind when thinking of toddler-friendly attractions in Panama but it made for a fun and memorable family outing. On our visit to the Miraflores Locks, B enjoyed playing in the open space on the viewing deck while we got to view the ships going through the canal.

Tips for visiting the Miraflores Locks with a toddler:
  • It's the kind of place you want to linger a while to watch the ships go through the locks.  All this waiting can be a test of a toddler's attention span, so be sure to bring along water, snacks and toys to keep kids entertained.  Mark and I brought along our favourite O Ball and took turns keeping B entertained while the other watched the ships going through the canal.
  • Bring sunscreen!  There are no shaded areas on the viewing deck.  We were lucky to visit on an overcast day, but it would get pretty toasty there on a hot, sunny day.
  • The Miraflores Restaurant in the Visitor's Center has a delicious buffet with a view.  There are plenty of kid-friendly foods and high chairs are available.  If you are considering eating there, be sure to make a reservation in advance or you may have a long wait for a table.

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