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Address: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
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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Good waterfront boat watching

Fun to watch the boats being raised and lowered in the locks. Such a different variety,from yachts to dinghies. Beautiful flowers in the park. Salmon ladders, and fish jumping in... read more

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WILLISTON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Fun to watch the boats being raised and lowered in the locks. Such a different variety,from yachts to dinghies. Beautiful flowers in the park. Salmon ladders, and fish jumping in the locks.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth the time to stop by. Be sure to walk below and view the Fish Ladder that get the salmon back upstream of the lock.

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Evansville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our three grandkids really liked the visit. Seeing the salmon ladders and the huge number of ships in the locks made a good couple of hours of fun. Parking was convenient, and the ease of walking around and finding everything was helpful.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Pretty cool little stop where you can see the salmon swimming upstream, as well as seeing the Locks where they raise and lower ships in the water.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are in Seattle, you gotta stop by the locks. It's a great spot to watch boats, enjoy a Sunday concert in the summer, looks for fish and sea lions and walk through the gardens. Great for all ages and it's FREE (except parking). Living just a few blocks away for 25 years and still love it.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After many years this continues to be one of the top tourist destinations in the City. It continues to grow in popularity and even on a weekday summer morning it was difficult to find parking. Over the years they have added parking meters and police meter checkers where it was once free to park. The gardens are attractive and well... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went there on a beautiful day and it was really interesting. It was also neat to watch the boats go thru the locks.

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went and had a picnic in the park, @ the free museum we watched an educational video, went upstairs and checked out the exhibits. Kids loved the model lock! Went out and watched the lock in action. Also enjoyed watching fish attempt the ladder and a jellyfish below the dam.

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Statesboro, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We saw ships sailing through the locks multiple times, a fascinating site. Enjoyed seeing salmon leaping the salmon ladder, and from below in the glassed in area where we got a real close-up. Really worth a visit. The Army corps of engineers representatives were friendly and answered questions as they moved ships through the locks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

History and engineering buffs would enjoy this tour. Very interesting video about the history of the locks followed by informative tour. Our tour guide was engaging and interesting. We were there on an busy day, so enjoyed seeing the locks in action and fun viewing all of the yachts and boats as they wait. The information about the salmon was... More 

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