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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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A great afternoon activity

This was a fun experience. Watching the boats go in and the water go up was really something to see. The grounds are absolutely beautiful. A must see if you're in the area!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Harrisonville, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was a fun experience. Watching the boats go in and the water go up was really something to see. The grounds are absolutely beautiful. A must see if you're in the area!

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Prescott, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

It is always fun to take out-of-town guests to the Locks, as most people have never seen anything quite like it. It is fun to spend part of the day watching the big and little boats go through the locks. The fish ladder is also an interesting attraction. And sometimes you can see seals in the water by the fish... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Nice spot to take boys - and adults alike... it's fun to watch the sailboats and others pack into the channel - Seeing the water rise and then sail out... you don't need hours here but maybe an hr. is sufficient.

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Port Moody, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The Locks and surrounding gardens were a great visit. It was fascinating to watch the locks in action, for both me and my 2.5 year old son. The gardens around the locks were quite beautiful. For those that have a few days in Seattle, this is a worthwhile visit.

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Rohnert Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I've wanted to ride the locks all my life, or at least since I was 7 when I lived in Seattle, but for some reason my parents never took us there, so back I went as a 52 year old and rode the locks with a big grin on my face. Beautiful sun shiny day, perfect day for a bucket... More 

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Canadian Lakes, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Such an interesting and educational experience to watch all sizes of boats/ships pass through these locks. They operate much more quickly that I would have guessed.

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Camano Island, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We had just finished up four days in Seattle city and all were tired but their was one more thing on my wish to see list. With reluctant and tired family it toe, they indulged me in one last excursion before we head back to the country for quiet. They loved it! So fascinating to watch how the locks work... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

We went here during a bus tour. We weren't able to see any boats go through the Locks, but it was interesting learning about how the Fish Ladder and how the Locks work.

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Bellevue, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

It has very pleasant park like grounds. But, the highlight is watching water go up and down. If that's your idea of fun, go for it. But, that's about it. So, if you do go, go on a nice sunny day so you at least have that. A plus: dogs are allowed in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I'm a birdwatcher and there are some good opportunities here to find some fun stuff. The locks are fascinating especially the fish ladder.

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