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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
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"watch the boats"
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"water level"
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"salt water"
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"salmon run"
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"panama canal"
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"salmon swimming"
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"puget sound"
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"boat traffic"
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"salmon season"
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"life cycle"
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"botanical gardens"
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"fun to watch"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cycled past and didn’t stop for long. There were loads of people watching the boats pass through. The locks are way bigger than I was expecting. Interesting how it all works, and would be a great experience for kids - educational and fun. Next to...More

Thank SquirrelyCody
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited primarily for an afternoon concert in the gardens but arrived early to visit the Visitor's Center and Locks. The visitors center contained a lot of information about the facility, its history, and current use. We were able to witness the locks in use...More

1  Thank Glenn M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family learned a lot at the locks. We don’t live near a place where we can see locks easily so it was really new for us. We were able watch ships of all sizes rise and lower within a few minutes. The power of...More

Thank Leigh-Ann H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a beautiful busy day for the locks. Police boat was patrolling around. The bridge was open and closed, the locks were open and shut for boats and ships to come in and out. People were gathering to watch the process. Kids understood better...More

Thank Bonnie W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a nice stop. We parked on the South side and crossed over the foot bridge. The locks were interesting to see and watch the boats traverse. Unfortunately, the fish ladder was closed but we did see the nearby drawbridge raise.

1  Thank db7477
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There were lots of boats going through the locks so we got to see the process in action. Very interesting. The gardens are beautiful, the plants are well labeled, and it is a great place to walk. Easy to get through all areas with a...More

1  Thank dmc52
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice park for a stroll, and fun walking the licks and watching the boats pass through. Fish ladders were closed, but that would be really neat to see.

Thank chris g
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since I live in Seattle, this is a place I'm able to visit as often as I choose. I don't get the time to do so very often, but always fun. It's a great place to spent a couple of hours watching boats going into...More

1  Thank Terry M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had some extra time to kill so I decided to head over to the locks after some center city exploration. It had been touted that one can see fish on the fish ladder and possibly even a seal or two. The only thing I...More

1  Thank MaximumD
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seattle's honestly a really boring city with underwhelming tourist attractions and the Chittenden Locks is no different. If you're in town for only a few days, I wouldn't call the Locks a "must see" but if you are visiting for 5 days or longer, then...More

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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
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Brodethedog
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
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Karen W
28 August 2016|
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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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