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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
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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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Nice Scenery and beautiful I definitely enjoyed my time at the Locks! Thank you and I recommend it to Families and others definitely. Enjoy...

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Poulsbo, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice Scenery and beautiful I definitely enjoyed my time at the Locks! Thank you and I recommend it to Families and others definitely. Enjoy...

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Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chittenden Locks is fascinating. First of all you can watch as boats large and small pass through the locks to and from Lake Union. Watching and learning about the technology is interesting. Then as a bonus they have a fish ladder where you can watch salmon as they migrate to and from lakes and river around Puget Sound. This... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came on a rainy afternoon. We hoped to take out five-year-old granddaughters to see the fish ladder, but--alas--no fish. However, we did get to see a boat transit the

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Montvale, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This a very cool place especially when the salmon are running and boats come through. A marvel of engineering. Check out the locks the scoot over to the Ballard Section for lunch!!!

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Shoreline, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Watching large vessels, smaller boats, sailboats navigate the locks is truly an experience in itself. For out of town people, it is a great place to take them, beautiful gardens surround the locks. Watching the fish ladders is amazing as well as the seals. Great for families and singles.

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Bellevue, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been coming to the locks for years. My son is one of those "transportation/machinery"kids - and he loves to watch the boats and the machinery at the Locks. On a sunny day - it is a great place to bring a picnic and enjoy the breeze off the water, watch the boats and other people! I think it... More 

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have never seen salmon swim upstream you have got to make a stop at the locks. Take some time out from the usual stops in Seattle and take a leisurely walk through the park and go to the locks. See boats traverse to and from the lake to the ocean and cross the lock to go down to... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks are fascinating and the film in the Visitors Center really helps explain the building of and operation of the Locks. They have beautiful grounds and gardens there, with band concerts on summer Sundays--a perfect spot for a picnic. You can also observe the salmon ladder which is great during spawning season. A great spot for... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fun to watch the local boats go in or out. Beautiful gardens on the grounds. Watching the salmon going through the fish ladder is an added bonus especially during the big runs.

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Wellington, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Locks when we were in Ballard during our recent trip to Seattle. Ballard was very nice and seeing the locks and salmon was pretty interesting.

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