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Address: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
Phone Number:
2067802500
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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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Neat to see a boat go through - no fish in the off season

We would love to come back and visit in warm weather. The grounds would surely be lovely when the weather is warmer and things are green. The visitor center is interesting, and it... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We would love to come back and visit in warm weather. The grounds would surely be lovely when the weather is warmer and things are green. The visitor center is interesting, and it was really neat to walk across the locks and even more spectacular for the kids to watch a boat go through while we were there.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Something to see when you visit Seattle. The Locks connect Puget Sound to Lake Union in the heart of the city. Since there is a height difference between the two, ship locks are needed to raise and lower the ships. Salmon migrate here and swim farther inland to Lake Washington and to streams beyond to spawn. Signs explain the operation... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was my first time visiting any locks - and I loved it. Our visit (with my wife and friends) was really fun, highly educational and FUN! I had never been to a Salmon ladder before --and that was a blast. You don't have to be a boating enthusiast to enjoy this --The Chittenden locks are for all

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tje Locks in Ballard is a must visit when in the area. Fish Ladder ,many boats to to see and wonderful park to see all in one spot. Watching the boats go from the lake to the sea is fun and interesting for all ages.

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Forster, NSW Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Been there many times over the years. Never tire of watching the process for vessels large and small. However the most fascinating part for me is the fish ladder. The fish circling at the bottom then making a charge for the first step.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited the Locks on a tour and had the opportunity for a lot of great photos. Many boats coming an going in and out of the locks most of the time and interesting to watch how they work. Would definitely recommend this place to visit.

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens,locks and salmon ladder are all interesting to see. It is on our tour we give for out of town friends. In the summer there are weekend concerts. Chairs are provided.

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Auburn, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of our go-to attractions for out-of-town visitors. It is unusual, free and close to other fun things to do. Adults and kids both enjoy it.

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Seattle, Washington, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I live in Seattle and was showing a visiting friend around. The Locks (no one in Seattle calls it by its full name) is one of the must-see places for visitors. And it's free. When Seattle and its environs were being settled, a channel was dug to reroute Lake Washington's outflow more directly to Puget Sound for navigating ships and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Watching boats go through the locks is fascinating, especially in the larger context of the environment and the welfare of salmon and our waterways. To understand this, it's recommended that visitors go through the museum as well after watching the salmon in the salmon ladder. There is a beautiful garden as well that should not be missed.

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