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.