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“Dont miss in Seattle; need rental car to visit”

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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SeaTac, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Dont miss in Seattle; need rental car to visit”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

the gardens approaching the locks are fabulous, especially in spring and summer. You can really see how a lock systems works and walk and viewing is a very close up thing.

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Bellevue, Washington
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The locks are must see for everyone...”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

The very first time I visited Seattle my friends took me to the locks. I love it as much now as I did at my first vist. Bring your friends and your family, you won't be disappointed. If the salmon aren't running, watch how the engineers move boats from one level to the next coming or going. A little research about the salmon runs will make this trip a memorable one.

Visited July 2011
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Salmon and Locks!”
Reviewed 10 March 2012

watch ships move from sea to lakes and back again along with salmon

Thank Mike M
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Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2012

Great way to chill on a hot day. Get fish & chips at the Lockspot & carry into the park. Sit by the locks and watch the action. Cool under the trees. Take a blanket & take a nap. Music in the park on Saturdays in the summer. Great salmon ladder.

Thank cew53
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Scarsdale, New York
Level 6 Contributor
368 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Even on a Cold Cloudy Day Seeing the Locks is worth it and Free!”
Reviewed 7 March 2012

I'd recommend going to the "Ballard Locks" . We went on a rainy cold day and we were fascinated as we watched a large yacht that was coming from the Ship Canal and needed to be raised to the higher water level of the Puget Sound. The Ballard Locks help to keep the salt water of the Puget Sound from getting into the fresh water of the Ship Canal.

Visited February 2012
Thank Arthur G
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