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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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Peaceful tropical gardens surround the marvel of the locks.

Our Seattle tour bus made a stop here. We learned a great deal about the salmon life cycle, and enjoyed viewing tropical flowers and fruit growing in the gardens surrounding the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Norway, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Our Seattle tour bus made a stop here. We learned a great deal about the salmon life cycle, and enjoyed viewing tropical flowers and fruit growing in the gardens surrounding the locks.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We had a great time watching the boats go through the locks. In fact we were there twice in three days and spent at least an hour each time, The salmon ladder is fun as well, depending on the time of year.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Wish I could have stayed longer to view the gardens. The locks and salmon were fun to learn about from a midwestern state of mind.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

While on a boat cruise, we went through the locks. There was quite a crowd on land watching as we went through, and we enjoyed watching them, too! This was our grandson's first experience going through locks and it was a great learning experience for him.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Probably not the first thing you need to see in Seattle, but a great place to get away from downtown and the city scene. Definitely more of a neighborhood feel. We got a little nature on, with seeing some seals and learning about salmon ladders. Saw boats of all sizes go through the locks - it's truly an engineering marvel.

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Wantagh, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We took the Argosy Locks tour and we extremely pleased by the comfort of the boat and the professionalism of the staff. Never having experienced anything like this, we were thrilled by the actual mechanics of the entire process. If you never plan a trip to the Suez Canal or the Panama Canal, this will give you a taste of... More 

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is a nice place to visit. You can watch the boats travelling from higher water to a lower level through the gates. It is a miniture Panama Canal.

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Chattanooga, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If you've never seen fish or boats climb before, you've gotta check this place out. A few cool sculptures, free to wander, and if you're patient enough, you can see the boats rise through the canal. Glass on the fish viewing area was pretty scuddy, but you could still see some action. We went at the wrong time of year... More 

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Lehi, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The locks were amazing! One of my favorite things that I saw on our trip. I love engineering marvels and this did not disappoint. Such a cool place to visit!

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We just loved this place. The gardens were beautiful, the museum and exhibits very informative. The staff inside the museum were very helpful. The film on the history of the locks is worth viewing. Gives a lot of info on the history of the area and what lead to building the locks. And of course the locks and fish ladder.... More 

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Address: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107
Phone Number: 206 783 7059
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle

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