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“A pleasant place to pass an hour or two.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107
206 783 7059
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Seattle Locks Cruise
Ranked #11 of 178 Attractions in Seattle
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Bodies of Water, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Newport Gwent
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“A pleasant place to pass an hour or two.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

Great place to just stand about watching the boats come and go. Being able to watch the salmon was fascinating.

Visited September 2011
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“Century-old and still way cool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

We try to learn lots about local daily life when we visit, so the locks were particularly interesting to these land-locked midwesterners. Nice park setting, public art, historic location, and working locks. Accessable by city bus with about 4 block walk.

Visited October 2011
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San Francisco, California
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“Cool Locks, No Salmon”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

I was too late to see the Salmon spawning, but it was a fun place to visit just to see the way the locks operated. If I had less time I probably would've skipped going here, though, since there are more interesting things to see closer to the center of things.

Visited November 2010
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“Not your average tourist trap”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

Great place where the locals like to go when they have time or friends or family in town. Nice little park adjoins. The fish ladder was without fish on my trip, but would love to have seen them in action.

Visited October 2011
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“Gardens and fish ... free!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

There is no charge at this location, and you'll find a pleasant botanical garden. The working lock is cool, but the main attraction is the fish ladder. Come in late summer for that -- I came in October and only saw one fish, which wasn't on the ladder.

Visited October 2011
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