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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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My husband and I both enjoyed our morning visit to the locks. We tagged onto a tour given by a ranger. It was very informative. Watching the boats in the locks was fascinating... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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reston, va
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

My husband and I both enjoyed our morning visit to the locks. We tagged onto a tour given by a ranger. It was very informative. Watching the boats in the locks was fascinating. We also saw a harbor seal who was waiting to go through the lock. The fish ladders were very interesting. Don't miss this place, which is great... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This is enjoyable, but is done more for a check off the travel list. Seeing the salmon swim upstream and the locks open and close is fun, but if you have to skip one thing this would be it. A novelty, certainly a good one, but not too amazing. But its free, and very interesting (especially for non Northwest natives)

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Great history, cool to watch the boats go through the locks. Overall, a really fun and unique Seattle experience. Pretty park for lounging for picnics. Good for the family (two or four legs) but kids can get a little bored which is where the park (lots of room to run around) comes in. In the height of summer, gets busy... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

One of our favorite places for an evening picnic. Also fun to go and see the salmon coming up through the fish ladder in late August and September.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Had a great time visiting the locks and the fish ladder. Saw quite a few salmon making their way back to the freshwater to spawn. Loved the experience.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A must if you are in Seattle during good weather. First the gardens are great to walk through. The watching all the boats go in and out of the lake/sound is fascinating. And don't miss the fish ladder. Watch the salmon jump up the stages to get back to the lake is a fun experience. Can go down and see... More 

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Delmar, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Fascinating to see the locks leading to the Puget Sound and hear the story of how it was built. Lovely gardens as well. Don't miss the salmon fish ladder!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Great place to be on a hot 95 degree Seattle day. Five minutes from the heart of Ballard. Near the water, clear sunny, excellent shade places. We bird watched, people watched, fish watched. The park was a relaxing break from being at home. Beautiful boats were coming and going. We spent about a hour there waiting for a restaurant to... More 

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Cleveland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We took time to go to the locks to see the salmon spawning. This is a must do and it is free. We watched several boats go through the locks in including a kayak. Really interesting. We also saw how the salmon climb the ladders and the fry get back downstream through the water chutes. Don't miss this when in... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We went to the locks expecting to spend maybe an hour watching some boats go through....we spent nearly three hours watching boats, fish, and seals! The viewing area of the fish ladder only had one salmon in it (mid-June was a little too early for most of the salmon runs), but was very informative. The workers at the locks are... More 

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

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