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Address: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
Phone Number: 2067802500
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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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A Lot Cooler Place To Visit Than You'd Think!

We had a car, so it was easy to get out to the Locks...there's pretty good public transport around Seattle, but I'm glad we had the car for this visit. Large parking area with pay... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a car, so it was easy to get out to the Locks...there's pretty good public transport around Seattle, but I'm glad we had the car for this visit. Large parking area with pay stations, but still only 4 dollars for a couple of hours parking, so no big deal. There's a visitors building where you can stop in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had a great time seeing the working locks and salmon ladder. Son enjoyed seeing how the salmon develop. We walked around the beautiful gardens there, and stopped to eat at the Lock Stop. Great fish and chips! Fast service and affordable. Wouldn't you know a great jazz orchestra started playing and we had a 2 hour jazz concert for free.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was lucky enough to have a blue sky day. Going through the Big Lock was interesting. As it is salmon season, got to see them jumping. Highly recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What an amazing place to see Seattle from a different angle and such a beautiful landscape. If you like boats, this is a must stop. Also, go for the fish ladder, where you get the chance to see migrating salmon from underwater glass tanks. There were so many when I was there that I was overwhelmed. And they're so big!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a Sunday morning here watching the boats going in and out, The weather was lovely but a rainy day would spoil it. The salmon ladder was great but the salmon were not into their spawning season fully so did not see many.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was cool, and again offers up some unique Seattle history. It is free to go and you can also tour the Botanical Gardens while you are there. The fish ladder was the coolest part.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting and fun to see a set of locks in action close up and personal, especially for the non-boater who may not know what a lock is or does. Fish ladder is likewise fascinating and informative if you have never seen one. Beautiful landscaping. Plus watching the less skilled boaters interact with the lock keepers and each other can be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Highly recommend this free tourist attraction where you can watch the fish from underwater glass tanks fight their way to spawning grounds. Saw sea lions munching on the salmon as they attempt to negotiate the weir. Awesome stuff!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really impressed to see such swarms of mighty salmon. And earlier in the season on a visit we also saw a seal jumping up the salmon ladder at low tide and catching fish- quite something to see. As are the size of the locks themselves.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good weather made this an enjoyable visit. There were 6 boats being guided through the locks when we were there. Very interesting to see all the different sizes being guided through.

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