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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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Address: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107
Phone Number: 206 783 7059
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a...
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a waterway system that connects the saltwater of the Puget Sound to the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which sits about 20 feet above sea level.  Boats enter the locks, the gates close and the water rises or falls to the level of the destination waterway.  Watching boats pass through the locks, exploring the 7 acres of botanical gardens and looking for fish on the fish ladder is fun and free entertainment that draws locals and tourists alike.
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Surrounded by beautiful botanical gardens, you can see the water rise and lower as many pleasure craft go through the locks. You can see the water going in and out and view the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Surrounded by beautiful botanical gardens, you can see the water rise and lower as many pleasure craft go through the locks. You can see the water going in and out and view the mechanisms. Quite an engineering feat! Salmon are jumping and the fish ladder is right next to the locks. A beautiful, interesting, and informative visit.

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Yukon, Oklahoma, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The fish ladder is the attraction. Also seeing some salmon jumping out of the water in the locks was very cool to see. Definitely a must. Parking isn't bad but there's a decent amount of walking to get to the fish ladder

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

WHile this the Ballard locks, officially the Hiraim Chittenden Locks, are not an particularly interesting site to me, most other folks and children would disagree. These locks carry vast amounts of boat traffic between Puget Sound and Lake Union, step by step. Visitors can watch this all happening while admiring the variety of vessels close hand. There is also a... More 

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Stockton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Very interesting place. Stayed and watched boats moving thru the locks. Spent about 1/2 hour to 1 hour learning and watching the process. Parking is nearby .

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Erwin, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Took advantage of some free time to visit this free attraction. Very educational for learning about locks, watching the boats pass through, and also for learning about the salmon and watching the fish ladder. Would definitely recommend if you have a few free hours.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This is an especially wonderful site for grade school children. Watching boats and ships go through the locks and seeing how the gates shut, water drains or rises and then the ship moves on either into the Lake or Puget Sound is fascinating. The fish ladder and viewing room provides lots of interest for kids and their parents and grandparents.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The locks are a fun, interesting place to check out if you've got some time or access to vehicle as this is in the Ballard neighborhood, quite a long walk from downtown. During the summer, the salmon should be there. You walk through a beautiful park to get the locks. If you are interested in a guided tour, they do... More 

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seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The locks and ship canal are a major engineering achievement, bisecting the city and connecting freshwater Lake Washington and Lake Union with Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean beyond. This accomplishment helped drive Seattle's maritime industry, providing sheltered fresh water ports for tugs, fishing boats, research vessels and more -- not to mention helping to make Lake Union a major... More 

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Flushing, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Love it because it is free! Free entrance and free one hour tour. The parking area by the tracks has a four hours limit parking, but there are free street parking if you are willing to walk a block or two away from the parking area.

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East Wenatchee, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great outdoor attraction for walking around, viewing the Locks, boats being moved through, and the salmon ladder. It is also a wonderful short walk around the botanical gardens. We were there on a Saturday in August and there was a large live band playing on the lawn.

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