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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed July 19, 2012

We took 2 buses, how cheap it is to travel. The locks were amazing. The salmon ladder was awesome and enjoyed seeing the fish. Only downer was the Indians according to their tribal rights were netting salmon for some tradition and it was upsetting seeing the salmon trapped and gasping for breath. This was only for a couple of days.

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

What a fun way to see these two things. My engineering family were on Cloud Nine!

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

We were lucky enough to watch two boats pass through the locks. The employees were very friendly and the grounds were beautiful.

Thank Taji B
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Watching the activity that goes on in a lake between fresh and salt water is something everyone who enjoys science will enjoy. Walk across the lock architecture and see the fish swim in the strong current, watch as the boaters wait for the water levels to adjust as they go on their way. Then walk around the peaceful botanic garden for a very nice excursion.

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Reviewed July 17, 2012

It was a beautiful day. But I think we visited in the wrong season. It's better to visit when the baby salmon are leaving. We spotted some salmon swimming upstream in the viewing portal downstairs.

Otherwise watching the boats come in and out of the locks was interesting. There was a guide that talked about what happens for those unfamiliar with the lock system.

It's free. But parking is a bit of a pain on a nice day. There's a small lot in the front, and then it's neighborhood street parking in really tight spots where 2 ways streets become 1 lane streets with cars parked on both sides.

Thank charles l
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