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Address: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
Phone Number:
2067802500
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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Fascinating place to watch boats, old school tech and (perhaps) fish!

The locks are the sole entryway to Salmon Bay, Lake Union and Lake Washington from Puget Sound. They operate 24/7 and are surprisingly fascinating to watch as they move boats up... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 February 2016
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

The locks are the sole entryway to Salmon Bay, Lake Union and Lake Washington from Puget Sound. They operate 24/7 and are surprisingly fascinating to watch as they move boats up (inbound) or down (outbound) to continue their journey. You can stand right by each of the two locks and watch them operate. You can also visit the lovely gardens... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

The locks are an important part of Seattle letting boats go from fresh water to salt water. We always take visitors there and they are always amazed. We enjoy it every time we go and it's free.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

This was worth the short trip we took to get there. It was cold but we were able to see several boats go through the locks, Clean, safe park inside but outside is a bit sketchy,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

We come here every time we visit Seattle. I love watching the boats go through the locks. The little visitor center is a nice stop (good bathrooms) for a bit of history. Bonus if the fish are running up the ladder.

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

One can learn the differences between lake level and sea-level as these locks open and close. Water flow is controlled and when the locks are loaded, water is released to drop boats leaving the sound, gates open and the flotilla departs - great spot to take your children and grand-children!

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

When ever we have out of state friends visiting, we always take them on a tour of Seattle. The Chittenden Locks is always on the list. Its amazing to see how the water is lowered and raised to bring boats from Lake Washington to the Puget Sound (or vice versa). My favorite time is on opening day of boating season... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

The locks are a fascinating place to take visitors, especially in August when the salmon are running in great numbers. The fish ladder is a real attraction, as is watching the locks work.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

The Locks are a fun place to take visitors or to take your dog for a walk on Sunday. There is a nice park and visitors' center with bathrooms. It is fun to watch the boats go through the Locks and to see the fish in the fish ladder in season.

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Oakdale, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

You must go see the Hiram Chittenden locks, AKA, Ballard locks. The price is right! It's free! Never too crowded and always a show to watch. Either the fascinating way boats get from Elliott Bay to Lake Union or the salmon swimming in their desperate quest to lay eggs for future swimmers. One can witness the salmon in fish ladders... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Living in Magnolia neighborhood, we always head to the locks from the South side. The view looking over into the botanical part of the locks is worth the perspective. Fish Ladder (located on South side/Magnolia side): - Head down below and watch the salmon running into Lake Washington. There are large glass windows and steps to let the little ones... More 

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