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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
+1 206-780-2500
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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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3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
+1 206-780-2500
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Chittenden Locks is one of my favorite Seattle attractions. I could watch the boats pass through the locks for hours. And the grounds include nice park-like areas and gardens. We visited during a periodic cleaning of the large lock and got to see it...More

Thank Joe D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This historic locks is a must-see sight in Seattle. The landscaped grounds are beautiful; there are summer concerts. The real highlights are watching boats in the locks and the salmon migration.

Thank CarolCCT
Reviewed 1 week ago

The locks were very interesting. We went later in the day so we only saw one boat go through the locks. We saw the fish ladder but not many fish this time of year. The gardens were beautiful too. Also drove through the town of...More

Thank COkid
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We caught local buses to get here which was very easy to do and watching the locks in action is always interesting. We went down to the salmon viewing area & did manage to see a few even though it was toward the end of...More

Thank jbgh1995
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've lived in the Seattle area for nearly 25 years. We 'discovered' the locks shortly after arriving and have been there many times with family and friends who are visiting us. It's a miniature of the old Panama Canal locks and has its own personality...More

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting to see locks if you haven't before. There was pretty good boat traffic on Sunday afternoon. Difficult to get to from downtown. The gardens were nice but not large.

Thank Michelle C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing experience. The views, the commentary and just being out on this beautiful stretch of water.

Thank FF_Traveller_123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apart from watching vessels rise and descend to arrive and depart Salmon Bay the experienced is capped off watching the return of salmon to spawn. The flume that, in the spring, sends the young salmon off for their adventure into the Pacific Ocean is, while...More

Thank BoldBear
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you've never been through a lock, where an water going vessel is moved from one level to another, this is a treat. No charge, nice museum on site and a fish ladder with an underwater viewing window for when the salmon are going upstream...More

Thank central_coast_lover
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place for kids as well as adults. The lock is relatively small (short) so boats go through rather quickly. You can watch the whole process in a short amount of time and learn by observation how and why locks work. There...More

Thank PhotographVagabond
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ger w
11 May 2017|
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Response from Brodethedog | Property representative |
Check out the website and social media links at bottom of site for detailed information. There is a Questions tab which will answer most everything. The salmon season is short, from June through Sept. There is a YouTube... More
11 September 2016|
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Response from SeaTraveller2015 | Reviewed this property |
What's the question? Jeff C."s response to Pamela M was rather snotty. Whatever the question or comments made by Pamela M., Jeff C. owed her more respect than his comment suggested. Jeff...you don't know everything about... More
Karen W
28 August 2016|
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Response from Brodethedog | Property representative |
Mid day to late for pleasure boat traffic. Salmon at high tide, you'll have to check tide tables. Commercial boats, pretty much pot luck... Recommend tours

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