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Address: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
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2067802500
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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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Captures the atmosphere of life in Seattle. Be sure to look for the Blue Herons nests (and the birds themselves) on the far side. Plus check out the salmon at the right times... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Captures the atmosphere of life in Seattle. Be sure to look for the Blue Herons nests (and the birds themselves) on the far side. Plus check out the salmon at the right times of year.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the Hiram M. Chittenden docks because they have something for everybody. Children and adults are equally fascinated by the locks themselves, and watching the mechanics of what it takes to get a boat from the lower water of the Salish Sea up to Lake Union. Sometimes you can even wave at boaters who are sitting in their cockpit... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A real show on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Wonderful picnic spot, excellent fish ladder (Seasonal). Many of the Boaters remind me of the Keystone Cops.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I can spend hours watching boats go through the locks. It is quite amazing. Also, if you are there at the right time of year, you can see salmon going up the fish ladder.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The locks in Ballard are an interesting piece archtecture. Watching boats going from two different bodies of water. In this case they go from Lake Washington to Puget Sound. We watch for several hours as it was that interesting

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You don't need to spend a lot of time here but it is fun to watch the boats go through the locks and at certain times in the year you can watch the salmon ladder also. Park walking to the locks is pretty.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was not sure what we were getting into but it turned out to be fun and educational. It was interesting how they lock and unlock the water pathway, with the water going up and down to help boat passage. Seeing different kinds of fish species/ salmon pass from underground. It will be a fun family bonding experience, Im sure.

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Port Orchard, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the locks because a retired navy destroyer was coming through. It's interesting in its own right, but better if there are ships coming through. The employees are friendly and happy to tell you all about the place. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I learned of the Ballard Locks (aka the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks) from a fellow traveler while staying downtown. He, like me, had been staying in Seattle for weeks at a time, and we were both interested in learning from one another just exactly what surprises Seattle might be hiding from us. One that he raised was the Ballard Locks.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We go to the Locks several times a year. The park is nice to walk in and often has outdoor bands in the summer and of course the Locks are interesting to watch both boats and fish. The Lockspot and Redmill are both good places to eat while you are there. For a couple of hours or a whole day,... More 

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