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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 yesterday

I don't know what it is about the locks but we visit every time we go to Seattle. And we can stay for hours watching the water raise and lower and the small pleasure boats alongside commercial rigs, and talking to the captains

Thank Jan M
Reviewed yesterday

I do not have an engineering type mind AT ALL and I still thoroughly enjoyed the Locks. The salmon weren't running while we were there BUT don't forget to cross over and see the Salmon Ladder!

Thank JDrisk
Reviewed yesterday

This is a very beautiful charming area to visit. The locks and fish ladder are very interesting. There’s wildlife to see if your lucky. We got to watch a momma, poppa and baby seal the entire time we were there. It’s a very relaxing area...More

Thank ginacbutterfly
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Locks are worth a visit if in the area. Cool to watch the boats go through and the salmon ladder viewing area is probably great during spawning runs. Did not see any this late in October though. Park seems well maintained.

Thank USR1
Reviewed 3 days ago

Didn't know what this place was about before arriving but was pretty interesting once there. Seeing the water levels change so that boats can come in and out was pretty cool. The fish ladder was interesting as well though it wasn't salmon season when we...More

Thank Vjay S
Reviewed 4 days ago

I wasn't expecting much but in the end was sad to leave. It was an interesting area with the barges and all the activity on the locks. Then there were the salmon ladders and salmon. I had no idea there was so much to know...More

1  Thank anita3695
Reviewed 6 days ago

Neat place to visit, Small gardens, interesting museum. It's fun to watch the boats lifted in the locks, and see the salmon and sea lions swimming around. The parking situation can be difficult on the weekend.

Thank micchio
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a very investing and unique place to visit, both for locals and guests to the city. Watching boats being raised or lowered between two bodies of water of different heights may not sound all that fascinating, but it is! You will see boats...More

Thank SeattleBeachcomber
Reviewed 1 week ago

A stop on our city tour - park is beautiful and it's fun to watch the boats raise and lower. I wouldn't spend a lot of time here unless you're doing the walking trails.

Thank ZachsGrandma
Reviewed 1 week ago

This cruise was more interesting than I expected. I had never known how the locks worked before; but there was so much more! Going through the canal there were all kinds of things to look at, like where the 1989 film When Harry met Sally...More

1  Thank Linda L
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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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