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Address: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
Phone Number:
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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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We made a brief stop at the Locks not sure what to expect. It was a nice change from the ordinary and very interesting to watch the boats transition through.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We made a brief stop at the Locks not sure what to expect. It was a nice change from the ordinary and very interesting to watch the boats transition through.

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Evansville, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our grandsons loved visiting the salmon ladders and seeing the salmon in the underwater viewing area. Well, actually, the adults enjoyed it as much! Since we were there on a beautiful day, we spent a couple of hours watching a variety of boats in the locks. Our boys particularly loved watching a "pirate-style" boat locking through. While viewing, one is... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Free parking and easy to find on a Sunday. Gardens are pleasant but quite run down. Quite a lot of tent dwellers on the periphery of the place. The locks were quite active and it was very enjoyable. Did not see any seals or salmon (wrong time of year I think). Good signage around the locks so you can read... More 

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Thane, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a cold, windy & rainy day (normal for Seattle!) when we visited the Ballard Locks. But it was well worth the effort. The man made locks are scenic and have a viewing gallery to observe the migrating salmon. The most surprising fact is that over 100 years back the American engineers made a salmon ladder to ensure the... More 

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Thank Rajeev K
north Seattle
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Locks are an engineering marvel connecting Seattle's Lake Washington and Lake Union to the Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. All year, but especially in spring, summer and fall, large yachts and smaller boats entertain visitors as the water in the locks flow up and down allowing the boats to go in both directions. At the right times of... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a cool thing to watch! Really interesting to see the boats and kayakers travel through the locks and how the empty and fill. If you are a local or a semi-local, these are a must-see.

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The amateur boaters trying to get their boats through the gates, tied up inside the lock and then back out again is fun to watch. As a boater, it's an exciting and intense event going through the locks. There are beautiful gardens around the locks. Really a fun place to visit in the city.

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Roseau, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I went to see the Locks with our son, daughter in law and 2 year old grandson in February of 2017. When you first enter the park, you feel like you are in a well maintained woods. It's beautiful! There is a visitor center that provides a short movie explaining the history of the Locks. Very interesting!... More 

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On a hot day in the summer this is the best place to be in Seattle. We get take out dinner and go sit at the Locks, it is great.

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Davenport, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I feel the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks) is a must see for visitors. Many have never seen locks in action and this site has more boat traffic than any other lock in the USA. It is free and the parking cost is a fair price. There are free scheduled tours and if you have a group of around... More 

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