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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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3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
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Reviewed 29 May 2016

What a fun place to visit. Here you can watch water craft of all sizes being moved from Lake Union tot Puget sound and back again. The Army Corp of Engineers man these locks that are a smaller version of the Panama Canal. You can...More

Thank Anna H
Reviewed 29 May 2016

This tour was one of the highlights of our visit to Seattle. The boat tour provided interesting insights into the neighborhoods that make up Seattle and going through the locks made us recall our experiences at the Panama Canal. The same engineer designed both of...More

Thank bayles_houston
Reviewed 28 May 2016

This was the first time we were at the locks and it was so interesting. We initially wandered through the beautiful gardens and then watched quite a few boats go up and down the locks. We joined a group that was getting a tour and...More

Thank Libbi S
Reviewed 27 May 2016

I have been to the lock countless times. I enjoy it so much that I have to visit at least once every summer with my kids just watching the salmon swimming thru viewing window. Walking on the meadow is very relaxing but do watch out...More

Thank angrybird2011
Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

We joined the free one hour tour and found it interesting to learn about the history and how everything was built almost 100 years ago. Although there were no salmon in the salmon ladder yet, it was still worth the visit because we saw boats...More

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Reviewed 26 May 2016

nothing really to special but if you've never seen it its ok i guess it wont take you very long thats the good part

Thank Alex H
Reviewed 26 May 2016

We spent a lovely afternoon watching boats close-up as they went through the locks. Surrounded by a beautiful garden, which happened to be in full bloom, it was a delightful place. 10/10 would recommend.

Thank Honor J
Reviewed 25 May 2016

This is one place you can watch the locks at work right next to the boats that are passing through. Very scenic location to have a fun family day. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the parks close by. The Fish Ladder is also right...More

Thank ProfitRecovery
Reviewed 25 May 2016

This place was amazing. They give free public tours at 1pm and 3pm daily (Monday-Friday; tours last about 1 hr). The visitor center has a museum on the top floor that is very informational and interactive. The tour itself is great. Our tour guide was...More

1  Thank TSP2014
Reviewed 25 May 2016

This was a fun surprise. We stopped to see the Locks and instead found a beautiful garden to walk through (nice gift shop with clean restrooms on the way) as we made our way to the Lock and watched 3 ships go through. Lots of...More

Thank Wendy W
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ger w
HI I hope to visit from the UK next September and would like to know when the salmon runs take place.Any information would be great. Ger
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
Jeff C: Sorry you didn't enjoy your visit. Seeing Salmon can be iffy, even during peak season, they may have been waiting for high tide to move into the viewing room. Maybe you expected a circus act that performs on schedule?
11 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
I am planning a visit to the locks on a Friday. Is there a better/best time of day to see the happenings with boats and fish?
28 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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