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Address: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
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2067802500
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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The Locks

Been there many times over the years. Never tire of watching the process for vessels large and small. However the most fascinating part for me is the fish ladder. The fish... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Forster, NSW Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been there many times over the years. Never tire of watching the process for vessels large and small. However the most fascinating part for me is the fish ladder. The fish circling at the bottom then making a charge for the first step.

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Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited the Locks on a tour and had the opportunity for a lot of great photos. Many boats coming an going in and out of the locks most of the time and interesting to watch how they work. Would definitely recommend this place to visit.

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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The gardens,locks and salmon ladder are all interesting to see. It is on our tour we give for out of town friends. In the summer there are weekend concerts. Chairs are provided.

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Auburn, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of our go-to attractions for out-of-town visitors. It is unusual, free and close to other fun things to do. Adults and kids both enjoy it.

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Seattle, Washington, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I live in Seattle and was showing a visiting friend around. The Locks (no one in Seattle calls it by its full name) is one of the must-see places for visitors. And it's free. When Seattle and its environs were being settled, a channel was dug to reroute Lake Washington's outflow more directly to Puget Sound for navigating ships and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Watching boats go through the locks is fascinating, especially in the larger context of the environment and the welfare of salmon and our waterways. To understand this, it's recommended that visitors go through the museum as well after watching the salmon in the salmon ladder. There is a beautiful garden as well that should not be missed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Locks is a wonderful Seattle excursion. The park around the locks is beautiful and well-maintained. Watching boats come through the locks is a fun thing to do, especially with kids. When the salmon are running, it's great to view them in the viewing station coming up the fish ladder or in the harbor with the Seals picking them off.... More 

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is definitely worth visiting, and is free to observe. Watch both large and small boats (depending on the day!) enter and exit the locks, which is a fascinating process. You can often spot seals and sea lions, and be sure to check out the salmon exhibit where you can get an underwater view when they are running. There is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to Seattle many times but had not visited the locks. I'm so glad we did! It was really a "Seattle" experience. There are gardens you can walk through and then actually walk out and across the water to the other side where there are salmon runs when in season. It is really beautiful and worth a look if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great side trip that takes about an hour. You can see boats go up and down the locks, there are lots of birds, a fish ladder, little museum. Some picnic areas. South side lot is usually nearly empty. An excellent sunset stop between hiking in Discovery Park and going to dinner at the wharf.

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