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
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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- Best time to see adult Salmon pass is from June to October.
- Dogs on leash are allowed.
- Visitor Center/Museum: 10am–6pm
- On-site tours: 1pm & 3 pm (daily)
- On weekends: 11am additional tour is given
- NW 54th St & 30th Ave NW bus stop
- NW 54th St & 32ND Ave NW bus stop
- Lockspot Cafe
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93.09% of people who visit Seattle include Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
41.61% of people start their Hiram M. Chittenden Locks visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
92.94% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Such a fun place to visit! Watching the locks operate and getting an up-close view of working boats, ships and pleasure yachts is educational and just plain cool. This is a great place for all ages of visitors. The fish ladder is awesome (if the salmon are running), the boats are always interesting, there are beautiful gardens to stroll around in and terraced lawns above the locks for picnics. So worth the trip!
Absolutely amazing place to come and learn more about the famous locks that connect the Puget Sound to the Lake Union. View the fish ladder in the underground structure that gives clear glass views of the fish ladder although depending on time and season, you may not be able to see any fish jumping up the ladder. Seeing the locks open and close is a real treat and there's constant traffic no matter when you come. The sunset is also beautiful and lots of seating to have a snack and enjoy the waterfall sounds in front or behind you.
The gardens are beautiful and very well maintained. We had a nice walk around the visitors center and then headed for the locks. It happened to be a lovely fall day when we were there and was right in the middle of the salmon run. Watching the fish in the fish ladder was exciting. The whole experience was very nice. Definitely will go back.
Famous for the salmon that returns from the sea and jumps through flowing river upstream. An act that seems next to impossible but the salmon never give up and continue trying, that we begin to root for it to win and enter the river...where it returns to lay eggs and die. There are glass windows to watch the salmon jump upstream. There are free public walking tours at 1 & 3pm. There's no need for prior registration for smaller groups and the park guides explain well. Before that there's a movie about the same at the centre. The garden at the Ballard locks had a huge variety of trees and it is one garden that is maintained by the US army. On the way to watch the salmon we stop to watch the complex locks, where the ships and boats enter. You can spend about 2 hours here. Watch out to see the seals waiting to eat the salmon. If you stand by the slope bridge also you get to see the salmon jump.
It’s a beautiful place to spend some time. I didn’t see variety of aquatic life but it was pleasing to see birds and ducks having fun. Don’t expect too much of this place, it’s fun if you’d like to spend some water looking at water and the beautiful trees of the botanical gardens across the water body.