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Address: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
Phone Number: 2067802500
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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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A great place to walk around and enjoy the sights

It's right on a bus line, also has a parking lot. After eating at the Lockspot recently, I had some time before my return bus, so I walked around the "locks." Beautiful grounds... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Everett, Washington
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Everett, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's right on a bus line, also has a parking lot. After eating at the Lockspot recently, I had some time before my return bus, so I walked around the "locks." Beautiful grounds, pleasant/easy/flat walk. One can walk across to the other side, see the fish in process of using the ladder (if applicable), admire the boats, and enjoy the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you've never seen a lock in action, definitely check this out - seeing boats "climbing" is interesting. If you *have* seen locks before, I still think this is worth a visit because of the salmon ladder. I'd never seen a live salmon that close before - watching them all fight their way against the current was very cool. Almost... More 

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Santa Rosa, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We loved watching the operation of the locks, from the continuous flow of both large and small watercraft, to the way the original old lock gates and equipment are still operating today. This was fun and interesting!

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks while on an Argosy Cruise and it was a really cool experience to watch the boat go into the locks and then drop down to the ocean level. There were a number of people on the sidewalks watching the boat and we were told that was some of the best and only... More 

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Dry Ridge, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very old lock set up but still is the way to get through for the boats etc. There are fish ladders next to the locks so the salmon can get to their spawning grounds and they have built windows into the walls so you can actually see the salmon climb the ladders. Very interesting. There is a short presentation by... More 

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Jemez Pueblo NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is definitely worth a visit and plan on spending several hours. It's like a miniature Panama Canal. On weekends the park around it is full of music and people having a great time. At least stay for them to completely fill a lock with boats and the empty it. Lots of fun and fascinating.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

History of the locks, importance and relations to helping the salmon thrive were well done. The video and guided tours are very informative. Best to come when it's salmon season (fall to winter). When we came, there was only one fish.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had out of town people. Walked on ferry from Bremerton. Caught the bus @ 3rd and Pine that took us out to 15th and Market. Short bus ride to Locks. Round trip on bus using transfers and costing $1.00. Enjoyed fish ladder and all the beautiful boats.

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Redditch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Bus driver recommended us to go & what a lovely couple of hours we spent there. Salmon leaping everywhere & watching boats in transit going through the locks. There is a salmon ladder & a glass viewing window below water level to see the salmon making their way through.

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If I lived in Ballard the locks would be a nice place to visit on some sunny weekend days. We wanted to see the locks and salmon ladder in operation, which we did, but I'd not recommend it for tourists like us staying downtown. Kind of underwhelming.

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