Hiram M. Chittenden LocksCurrently Open
- Address: 3015 Northwest 54th Street, Seattle, WA 98107, United States
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +1-2067837059
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Waterfront, Walking Area, Family And Kids
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks - Review
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks were built in the 1911. They are also known as the Ballard Locks. The lock provides a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal. Head over to this place to watch a parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through when the locks' water levels are adjusted to allow their safe passage. A popular attraction is the fish ladder which was built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water. This phenomenon occurs during the summers. Just north of the locks is the Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden which is a perfect place for a relaxing stroll.
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Information
- Best time to see adult Salmon pass is from June to October.
- Dogs on leash are allowed.
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Hours
- Visitor Center/Museum: 10am–6pm
- On-site tours: 1pm & 3 pm (daily)
- On weekends: 11am additional tour is given
How To reach Hiram M. Chittenden Locks by Public Transport
- NW 54th St & 30th Ave NW bus stop
- NW 54th St & 32ND Ave NW bus stop
Restaurants Near Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
- Lockspot Cafe
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93.21% of people who visit Seattle include Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in their plan
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle Reviews
Great place for tourists and locals. Lots to see that will delight kids & adults. It's cool to watch boats & ships go through the locks, train drawbridge go up & down, and of course see salmon go through the fish ladder (in season May-Oct). Other wildlife spotting includes heron rookery, bald eagles and seals (who like to hang out near the fish ladder) There's also a beautiful botanical garden, a neat little museum and gift shop, and outdoor concerts in the summer. Parking ($) can be difficult, especially on nice summer days.
The Ballard Locks carry more boat traffic than any other lock in the US, and the Locks, along with the fish ladder and the surrounding Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens attract more than one million visitors annually, making it one of Seattle's top tourist attractions. The construction of the locks profoundly reshaped the topography of Seattle and the surrounding area, lowering the water level of Lake Washington and Lake Union by 8.8 feet (2.7 m), adding miles of new waterfront land, reversing the flow of rivers, and leaving piers in the eastern half of Salmon Bay high and dry. The Locks are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the American Society of Civil Engineers Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks.
Great place for a family, couple or yourself to spend a few hours on a nice sunny day. On a hot day, a cool breeze from the water will keep you comfortable. If you like boats or have kids that like them, this will be a great place to visit. Not in boats? Take a walk through a park or walk to the other side of locks, take a look at salmon and walk along waterline. Sit on some steps or rocks and relax. In spring, watch out for heron droppings that will cover bushes and path, on the other side, and listen to their squawks. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some sea lions.
It's cool to walk around the locks. The addition to the fish path is cool, too. From the locks, you can see the railroad bridge, which lifts up and away when big boats go through, so that's cool. Make sure to read the wiki page on the locks, it will help you appreciate them more. Thanks to Army Corps of Engineers for running this thing!
Really a pleasant surprise. Take the time to read about the parks history and watch the boat's come and go through the locks. Spend some time looking for Salmon working their way up the countries first fish ladder. Well worth a couple of hour stop.