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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Open today: 07:00 - 21:00
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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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3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great place to hang out and watch the boat traffic locking in and out of Lake Union. Parking is limited on the south side so drive to the Ballard side for better access. The grounds are kept up like a park and a fish ladder...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jonf104
Reviewed 1 week ago

Please check the free tour timings before going as it's totally worth seeing this attraction with a guide. It's truly amazing and must visit place in Seattle.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank MonaRanadive
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not only are the locks extremely interesting, but the small museum and the adjacent park are fun to look through. The park hosts many beautiful, rare plants and trees. The museum includes a video with historic film of the locks construction and action.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Fishbooks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great piece of Seattle's history. Be sure to visit the museum to see how the locks changed the lakes. While we were visiting, the large lock was closed for cleaning and seasonal maintenance. We could see how big and deep the lock...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Rocks_road
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

How often do you get to see a canal lock in action? All the time at the Ballard Locks. It blows my mind to see the kind of huge public works project that our country has been able to pull off over the years. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank LowCarbZone
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice park to see working locks and a fish ladder. Down by the waterfront and worthwhile if you like anything to do with the sea.

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Tom M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Watch the boats lower and rise and the fish swim through them via the viewing window on the South Side. Go to the Red Mill Totem Burgers with Fish and Chips afterwards on the North side.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank KeithGormezano
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a cool and unique place to check out while in Seattle. We visited on a Tuesday morning in November and saw a little bit of everything: seals, sea lions, blue herons, salmon swimming upstream, and a boat going through the lock! I've heard...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank MTrav
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love walking through the grounds, seeing the salmon ladder and watching the boats go through. There isn't a bad day to wander about. It is quintessential PNW. The restrooms are a plus too when out on a walk. The crowds can get overwhelming when...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank KaritaBN
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Fun to go watch the ships move in and out of the locks. Good way to spend an couple of hours. Some might find it boring, but I loved it.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank chipworkman
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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
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
Karen W
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