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Review of Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
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Seattle Locks Cruise
Ranked #10 of 434 things to do in Seattle
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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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St. Augustine, Florida
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“Worth the trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

It is well worth a visit to the Ballard district to visit the locks. It is so interesting watching the variety of boats enter the locks and watching the process. Very enjoyable!

Visited May 2013
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“Great for anyone and for families with kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

If you are in the Seattle area May through September, take a couple of hours and visit these locks. The grounds are beautiful with lovely gardens and the views of the waterways are special. To see how the boats are placed in the locks and go in and out of the sound is very unique. It is so close up. The fish ladders are a bonus. They have a great viewing room. If the salmon are running, it is a very entertaining sight. Kids will like the visit. Pay parking is likely crowded on weekends. While the pay machines take credit cards, the slots are stiff and you may not trust putting your card in the machine. Just bring a pile of quarters.

Visited June 2013
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Oregon
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“Quite interesting and informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

The guided your with Deborah was great. We were able to see both the large snd small locks in action. The talk at the fish ladder about the life cycle of the salmon was very educational.

Visited June 2013
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“Kinda amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

It is really cool to watch those big ships pass through the locks. The salmon ladder is also great if you are there during salmon run.

Visited November 2012
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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“Neat Spot to Visit, Wrong time of the year.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

This was part of a tour that we took. I thought it was interesting to look at, however because of the time of year there was no Salmon that were coming back to spawn. It was still interesting to see boats come through the locks and dams.

Visited May 2013
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