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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
+1 206-780-2500
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USD 49.69*
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Seattle Locks Cruise
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USD 70.00*
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Private Tour: Seattle Highlights
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USD 75.00*
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Pre-Cruise Seattle Sightseeing Tour
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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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“watch the boats” (156 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
+1 206-780-2500
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A favorite, don't miss the locks, fish ladder, and museum, well worth visiting. Good for locals and visitors.

Thank Virginia T
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A nice place to visit to see mostly private pleasure boats travel from fresh to salt water...I realize that these locks were built mostly for commerce but today most high end private boats get to go through for free.... Why not a lockage fee? I...More

Thank Don H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fascinating to watch the raising and lowering of the water. Saw a few salmon swimming to the fresh water.

Thank Marti C
Reviewed yesterday

We were there twice in July, when the sockeye salmon was and is rising. The locks are easy to access, and you can just stop briefly to watch the salmon in the ladder or the aquarium/underwater view, or spend much longer Reading the information provided,...More

Thank Jonas L
Reviewed yesterday

Be sure to visit the museum, if open, and be sure to walk around the botanical garden here, too. The locks are a blast. Simple and fun. It's a great people watching site. Take note of how well the lock workers deal with the tourists!

Thank Mallarda
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was looking forward to the locks cruise. When we actually went through the locks, that was just great. There were kayaks behind the boat also going through the locks. The boat rose as the water filled into the locks. To go from the salt...More

Thank Simpleguy22
Reviewed 3 days ago

Cool to see and experience...we didn't plan enough time to see the whole process, which was a bummer. We saw all the boats waiting, but didn't get to see the water level change and watch them go through. Plan for a couple hours to take...More

Thank Eiffel4
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We live here and make it a point to visit this little jewel when we can. It is especially nice to visit on a non-weekend. Bring a take out lunch and blanket! When you arrive walk to visitors center and get directions to the big...More

Thank bothellgirl
Reviewed 3 days ago

We saw the locks while on a bike tour. They were interesting, especially since not much has been changed since 1917. The exhibit for the salmon running was worth a few minutes. Like most things we saw in Seattle in July, it was sooooo crowded....More

Thank Lynn A
Reviewed 4 days ago

Good information center, take the guided tour if you can. Learn about the salmons like and how they help at the locks with a fish ladder.

Thank Steven P
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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
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
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