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“who doesn't like fresh air in your face & boats” 4 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 #10 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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seattle, washington
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“who doesn't like fresh air in your face & boats”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

and you learn something. Always fascinating to see the odd sizes and shapes that pass through the locks. the boats are interesting too!

Visited November 2011
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“Fish & Flora”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

A super special place. Watch the salmon tackle the fish ladder, the boats traveling thru the locks and then stroll the lovely garden.

Visited September 2011
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“Interesting and fun place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

The locks are an engineering feat-plus you can see the salmon migrating through the fish ladder

Visited June 2011
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“Interesting place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

Watch the salmon run, explore the neighborhood nearby. Great freebie, bring the kids!

Visited November 2011
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“Visit during SeaFair!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

I had visited Seattle once before in January and my brother took me to the Locks, but to be honest there was not a lot going on. It was rainy, there were no boats in the locks, and no fish in the fish ladder, but this time was great! We visited the Locks this time during SeaFair weekend, which meant there were tons of boats going through both the big locks and the small locks. It's much more interesting here if you can see the locks operating. The fish ladder wasn't too exciting, only 1 fish this time, but part of the problem was a giant sea lion who was eating the fish before they could get in the ladder. He was pretty fun to watch, so that made up for only seeing one fish.

Visited August 2011
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