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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks: Tours & Tickets

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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...more
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Hours Today: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Check out the locks and the salmon (behind the glass; didn’t see them jumping the ladder). Our kids liked seeing how they move the boats through with the water levels changing and all. The surrounding park is pretty but not a destination. There’s a clean...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank etravelhome
Reviewed 2 days ago

The locks are always a great place to visit because there is so much to see. Watching the small boats and large ships enter and leave the locks is always interesting, but there is also a museum to visit and the fish to see on...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank sddorres
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was one of our stops on a tour of Seattle. Nice, well-maintained area, interesting to watch the boats travel through. Only saw a few salmon, unfortunately. We were told that normally 12,000 salmon go through the fish ladder/day, but this year only 17,000 total...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 842adk
Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing engineering masterpiece Beautiful scenery here Come here to relax There are also interesting attractions Have a good afternoon

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Geminids66
Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been visiting the Locks off and on since I was a child. I can spend hours just watching the boats go in and out, the mechanism of the whole thing...it's very impressive.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lynnfelton
Reviewed 1 week ago

If in Seattle you should check this place out when the salmon are running in big numbers in late June / early July. There are big glass windows where you can watch the fish as they run in from the ocean into the lakes.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Magnus632014
Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveled by Argosy Cruise Ship. The narrator onboard was amazing. So much information as we traveled north up the Sound and east to the locks. An amazing experience. Salmon were jumping. Loved the experience!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 5Gkids4Gma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to the Locks and Salmon ladders several times. Its a great place to come when in the Ballard area. Always fun to watch the boats navigate the locks and you will be close enough to hear the chatter between the captains and the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank bamboo444
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The locks system, the salmon ladder and the mixing of the salt and fresh waters make the location more interesting than a set of locks along only fresh water. The glass window below the water allows visitors to watch as the salmon go through the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Patricia K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a cool place to see boats go through the locks into Lake Union. We saw a few seals while we were there.

Date of experience: September 2019
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May 11, 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
September 11, 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