Our main objective was to visit the Panama Canal so we could see how it worked. We watched a 3D movie about it and visited the museum and information center. There was a restaurant there, which had a really good buffet, where you could eat and watch the boats travel through a series of locks. Unfortunately, when we were there for lunch it was when the boat traffic changed direction. In the morning the ships go from the Pacific to the Atlantic and then in the afternoon they switch. There is a gap in the middle of the day when no boats come through. So we decided to come back the next night and have dinner there. It was really amazing to see how the locks worked. The ships were very tall and barely fit through the canal. There are trains they call mules which push and pull the ships through the locks.