Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle

4.7
#1 of 6 in Nature in Seattle
Watch boats and fish travel the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, a waterway system that provides safe passage between salt water and fresh water. The locks connect the Puget Sound to the Ship Canal, which links to Lake Union and Lake Washington. See barges, yachts, sailboats, and more pass through as water levels adjust to allow their journey. Don’t miss the fish ladder, which allows the migration of anadromous fish, such as salmon, between the two types of water. Glass panels give you a clear view of the fish making their journey. Pop into the visitor center to learn more about the history of the locks and how they work. To visit Hiram M. Chittenden Locks on your holiday in Seattle, and find out what else Seattle has to offer, use our Seattle trip maker website .
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  • We walked from the Troll to Rays and this was our favorite stop. The commingling of ships and boats was amazing. Watching the kids around the locks was entertaining.  more »
  • My family visited Ballard locks during winter. Luckily it was not rainy but still chilly. Watching boats passing the locks was impressive. The Fish ladder and botanical gardens were along with the loc...  more »
  • This is a very experience and worth a side trip. We saw several pleasure boats pass through the locks. Saw trout and other fish navigating the locks and met some awesome people.  more »
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  • It's a beautiful place in the day time when the sun shines. I actually got married here! So you can understand a five star rating is nothing but true. The locks also have a cool building that it often display art works like painting and prints. More so. You can start at the locks and see ship up and down. It's always interesting to just watch the water level going up and down with Ships big and small! Weekend parking can be hazard as not a lot of parking space in the parking lot
  • If you are visiting Seattle from out of town this is the greatest place to go or one of the greatest place to go was built in 1900 and boats use it to go from the level of Lake Washington to the level of Puget Sound. Don't forget to look in the south side of the locks for the fish ladder! It is an underground Cavern that includes one wall that is completely glassed out so that you can see the salmon jumping up the fish ladder! Great place to bring your lunch great place in general one of the best places to go in the city of Seattle!
  • Something for everyone! The big attraction is of course the locks themselves, which allow vessel movement between the saltwater of Shilshole bay and Lake Union. Unlike most attractions, and especially technological ones, you can get right up to them and even walk across the lock doors. Attached to the locks on the Ballard side are the magnificent botanical gardens and on the other side is the fish ladder with underwater viewing windows. Just downstream of the locks, and easily visible, is one of the largest moving bridges in the Seattle area, which opens frequently for vessel traffic.
  • The Ballard locks is a great place to visit year round. Be sure to stop in at the visitor center and see the 30 minute film on the history of the locks. In the spring and summer take a walk around the beautiful flower gardens, explore the park enjoy many large and exotic trees, beautiful views from walking path . Watch the locks as the open and close to let the boats of all sizes pass through and enjoy seeing how the gravity pumps raise and lover the water. Then cross the bridge walks and see the water damns with waterfalls passing under you, then go see the salmon ladders and go Down under the water to see the Salmon and other fish up close through the Aquarium type Walls. Birds, squirrels, otters, eagles, seagull's, and much more to see, bring your camera! The locks have many beautiful settings for outdoor weddings too, just go to visitor center and ask to reserve your favorite areas.
  • Great place to visit. The locks are worth watching. It is about 100 years old. Nice botanical garden around. Small but cute. Would be more beautiful in summer. Did not see any fish in the fish ladder. But heard we see lot of fishes in summer.

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