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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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Get the free tour .... amazing. It's incredible to see the locks working and hearing about the changes the fish go through as they go through the fish ladder transitioning from... read more

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NY metro area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Get the free tour .... amazing. It's incredible to see the locks working and hearing about the changes the fish go through as they go through the fish ladder transitioning from salt to fresh water. Classic Seattle.

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SEATTLE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We live in Seattle and one of our favorite places to go is the Chittenden Locks. It's so much fun to watch beautiful boats and yatchs passing through the lock and quite an educational experience too. The people who work there are easy to talk to and they will explain how the locks work. All you have to do is... More 

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Celina, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

2nd visit, first review. Great place to see different ships from cruisers to tugs and small freight ships. Bonus is the salmon ladder with viewing windows. This time we got to see a see a sea lion devour a silver salmon right in Puget Sound at the tail water of the lock and dam.

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Thank Ed S
Brisbane Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We live close by and regularly take visitors here as it is just a beautiful place. The Grass on the southern side is great for picnics and the kids love watching the fish in the fish ladder and the ships going through the locks. The garden's on the northern side (Ballard side) are great to wander through and there are... More 

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Thank qazphilby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a great tour guide who took us to the Locks. We were able to see it in motion and see the Salmon Ladder. Great Fun!

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Thank Tina F
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely MUST SEE if you are in Seattle. Those are 100 years old ( 2017 July 4th they will celebrate 100 years) and it is a great place to visit. Plan to spend 1-2 hours if you are doing the museum and Fish Ladder.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have never seen anything like this before. So for me it was an interesting place..so full of information. Beautifully made and maintained. Theres a visitor centre as well. I really liked the fish ladder display downstairs...the way there were fish eggs displayed with magnifying glass to see how an egg eventuallyy becomes a fish is very interesting. Really loved... More 

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

I have been to the locks many times- there is much to see and do whether you are a tourist or a local. Chittenden Locks serves as a maritime gateway to Puget Sound and as a pedestrian/bicyclist route between Balland and neighborhoods to the south. While visiting the locks you can view fish migrating in a viewing center; walk, picnic... More 

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

Go on a sunny day to see the locks in constant action. We were lucky enough to see the smaller locks busy with pleasure craft, but also got to see a tug boat pushing a barge thru the larger lock. Don't forger to visit the fish ladder on the other side! Again, we were lucky enough to go on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Locks are simply amazing. Don't miss the salmon viewing room. It's incredible to see how the salmon struggle to swim upstream as they perform the next incredible phase of their lifecycle! The barges crossing through the locks is really cool as well. All in all an interesting and unique experience. Definitely a must see on a Seattle visit.

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