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Address: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
Phone Number: +1 206-780-2500
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Mon 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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Interesting if you visit at the right time of the year

It is interesting to visit and see the fish ladder - it was at the very end of the season and there were two fish that were just resting in the ladder, but I think that it would... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is interesting to visit and see the fish ladder - it was at the very end of the season and there were two fish that were just resting in the ladder, but I think that it would be amazing when all the fish are travelling through. If you are in the area and have the time I would take... More 

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Lynnwood, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Dont miss this place! Its great to see the boats come in and out of the locks. But the gardens and the fish ladder are added bonuses. Also don't skip the gift shop and museum. Its a great place to visit and bring visitors.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Watching the boats come in and out of the locks is a must at least once. There are some nice gardens here as well. Parking area didn't feel too safe however.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It never grows old watching the boats maneuver the locks. Small boats and big boats alike. If you have never seen locks in operation, this is the place to come. Everyone enjoys watching. Parking was difficult to find.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The locks are a marvel of engineering! So I don't spoile it, go findout (on location) how the salt water isn't mixed with the fresh on at the locks. Not to be missed is the fish ladder, great underwater view of salmon and trout swimming upstream.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. There is so much going on at any time. The grounds are beautiful year round. So many places to just sit and relax. Wheelchair accessible

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great experience watching the boats passing the lock! It takes about 40 mins for a boat to pass the lock. It's a fantastic experience!

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Nashville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't know anything about salmon runs, but a very helpful volunteer spent half an hour teaching us all about it. I learned so much!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two weeks a year mid november the water of the big lock chamber is pumped out and you can see how enormous the 100 year old lock is. And ... its the season of the salmon using the fish ladder. So you get two bonuses! I crossed the lock on a biketrip covering Queen Ann, Ballard and Union Lake. While... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seattle at it's best is a water city and taking the time to head to the locks, and then old town Ballard, was great. We then headed up the canal to Lake Union, through the Fremont, gasworks, and on to Volunteer park. I would park on the Seattle side to see the fish ladder instead of the Ballard side next... More 

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