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Summit Botanical Gardens

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Address: Soberania National Park, Panama City, Panama
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Featuring a small zoo and paved trails, this tropical botanical garden...

Featuring a small zoo and paved trails, this tropical botanical garden features Panama's national bird, the Harpy Eagle.

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Out of the way but a hidden gem

The botanical gardens are amazing. So many interesting species. The animals are housed in very unattractive conditions and are very limited.

Reviewed 28 February 2017
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

The botanical gardens are amazing. So many interesting species. The animals are housed in very unattractive conditions and are very limited.

Thank MikeHep
Panama City, Panama
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107 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

If you want to see some local animals this is the place to go. There are some few animals left. Tapir, Local Monkeys, Tucan. There is very nice observatory of the Arpia Eagle, Panamanian National Bird. Nice place to have a picnic.

Thank Eskivelito
New York City, New York
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53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We booked a visit to the park as part of a tour. What an incredible waste of time and money. The park is run down and the animals look sad and depressed, crammed into tiny cages. Don’t waste your time on a visit – go anywhere else.

Thank GretchenNYC01
Berlin, Germany
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44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

For Europeans this zoo might be a little depressing. Many of the cages are way to small and sometimes quite derelict. They have a nice variety of animals, the main attraction being the harpy eagle. Since is its only 5$ entrance for foreigners, it might be a nice way to spend your afternoon, but I'd much more recommend going to... More 

1 Thank MarinaFollowsTheSun
Torio, Panama
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

I did not like this place very much. Many animals are housed in small unsuitable cages or enclosures. There are very few signs to identify trees, which seems odd for a place that is part botanical garden.

Thank Kees G
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47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This is truly a magical place. It's a must see for kids. A lovely place for any member of the family. There is lots to see and do. The animals are amazing. This I think is a whole day affair

1 Thank Gordon S
San Jose, California
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66 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Located in the "central park" the garden is quite large. Also included are butterflies of all species. It is humid and warm but worth the visit,

2 Thank bbon2ur
Adirondack Pk, Upstate NY
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is spread out over quite an area. I like the thought that the animals are all rescues or rehabs. Very inexpensive, too. My husband and I went a couple of years ago and we both enjoyed it. Two of our grandkids are coming for a visit this winter so we'll be taking them to the zoo.

1 Thank Adirondk12
Zurich, Switzerland
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

As tourist you pay $5 for the visit, we didn't get the information that no access to the Leopard's cages was possible. When visiting the house of the National Eagle, there was a blackout. If your trip in Panamá is short; better you spent in other placea.

Thank Gambin_Original
Mobile, Alabama
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52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

This was an adorable zoo! The beautiful gardens are worth going to see even besides the animals! They have tons of huge bamboo planted in such a way that you can walk into a room and be surrounded by this beautiful vegetation! Gorgeous flowers/plants/trees everywhere! They have a huge harpy eagle! There's a little shack that sells hot dogs and... More 

1 Thank laceyloumotherof2

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