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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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This was part of a tour. Very interesting. Blue heron rookery. Educational on learning the reasons for the locks. I would recommend. We didn't get to see any ships go thru nor... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Clayton, Georgia
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Clayton, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was part of a tour. Very interesting. Blue heron rookery. Educational on learning the reasons for the locks. I would recommend. We didn't get to see any ships go thru nor were the salmon running.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As a relatively new local, I've been here a few times. Still trying to figure out what the wonder of this place is that attracts tourists. I do admit seeing the salmon try to swim back into Lake Union is interesting but sad at the same time. I like routing for the underdog and I admire their determination. Other than... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great site to see no matter the weather. Parking can be a little challenging on nice days but there is a long parking lot with paid parking. It can be a quick visit, or you can stay and watch the boats pass in and out of the locks. Be sure to walk all the way across the water to... More 

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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't beat the price! It was fun to watch boats go through the locks, but we also enjoyed the salmon ladder and the history behind it. There were lots of salmon jumping out of the water while we were there, too! There's a pleasant little park that you walk through to get to it from Ballard, as well. Well worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We departed by bus from the pier location for the Argosy Tour. We were taken up to the boat on the lake and then took the 2 hour trip around the lake and through the Locks into the Sound and back to the dock. It was a unique view of the lock system as well as a great tour of... More 

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Seattle
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a lock, which is somewhat interesting, but if you are a male, you seem to like spending hours watching the boats move in and out. Not sure what that's about, the ground are beautiful, and during the summer they have concerts in the adjoining park. Bring a picnic and make it a day.

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No matter how many times you have visited locks here in Seattle or in other parts of the world, it's just fascinating to watch the levels of water come up or go down to let the boaters go through!

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Grand Rapids, MI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got to see a boat go through the locks. That is worth watching once. We enjoyed our brief visit. (We wish we had known about the tour. We, by chance, arrived just a little to late.)

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great sun ny day activity. There are flower gardens to enjoy as well as watching boats pass through the locks. The salmon ladder takes you below water level and allows you to see the salmon moving up the ladder through glass from a distance of aa couple of feet.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a neat place to visit. There's the locks which you can stand and literally reach out and touch the boats going through, and a lovely park as well. I didn't do the museum but will next time.

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