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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
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Reviewed yesterday

Awesome place to learn about the Seattle waterways and to see the locks at work. If you're lucky, salmon will be traveling upstream via the fish ladder. Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers! The botanical gardens portion was small but lots of fun.

Thank Nate C
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great way to learn how the locks function and see the water change levels and boats move through. Fun to see the fish on the ladder as well. This is always a fun activity when we visit Seattle. Ballard is a fun neighborhood as well...More

Thank Ally G
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Reviewed yesterday

Great way to learn how boats can move from one body of water to another when they are at different elevations. Watch up close and in real time the process of opening and closing of the lock gates. Great for kids and adults alike. Also...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Ballard Locks is one the Seattle’s most interesting places to visit. Whether it’s the water filling the locks, ships passing through the locks, or watching fish on the fish ladder, people of all ages find this a great place to visit. I don’t know when...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It is lovely and cool to watch the boats go through. Fun to do with kids. Or without. Definitely worth doing and putting on your tourist circuit. Hang out in Ballard to shop and eat, then come here.

Thank ChristinePDX
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We walked around on a beautiful June afternoon to observe the boats going through the locks. It was very interesting to watch as the locks filled with water and then lowered as the boats went through.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We enjoyed a Father's Day stroll through the gardens and locks. It was a hot day but there were plenty of shady spots to cool down. We got milkshakes and french fires across the street at the Totem restaurant.

Thank 3dj
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a small museum and a nice walk to the locks. The experience is interesting for children to learn how locks work. It you want to see the salmon ladder check in advance to see if they are running.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very enjoyable cruise,as you saw the houseboats including the one from Sleepless in Seattle also saw several of the crab boats featured in Deadlies Catch. The scenery was lovely also

Thank Anneanne
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a weekend stroll replete with water, gardens and boats, then you won't be disappointed. Tip: Bring picnic blankets. There are plenty of spots for sky gazing. Kids will be enthralled by the boats in view.

Thank Randomram
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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
12 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
29 August 2016|
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Response from Brodethedog | Property representative |
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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