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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Enjoy beautiful views of Seattle from the water on this relaxing cruise along the Ballard Locks, connecting Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington. Watch a parade of sailboats, tugboats and yachts passing through the complex Seattle locks system
A working facility with excellent visitor accomodations. Really fun to see the salmon jumping in the locks and the fish ladder. Other wildlife teems in the Locks and surrounds -- on a recent visit, we saw kingfishers, harbor seals, great blue herons and their chicks, bald eagles, and the usual gulls, Canada geese, loons, and several varieties of ducks. Always fun to watch the boats transit the Locks, especially when there are large boats and barges.
Mature specimens of exotic and natives, perennial display flower beds and lawn you are allowed to walk on and enjoy make this unique garden a welcome respite from urban concrete. Then add a lovely breeze off the water, fish life lessons and the answer to, "How do they get those boats between the ocean and the lake?" and you've got a great place to spend an afternoon!
We happened to go here the day before an annual boat festival was to take place out on the water. Because of this, the boat traffic was much heavier than usual. I spent over an hour watching gorgeous luxury boats, enormous sailboats, little homes on water, and unique one-of-a-kind boats make their way into the canal where they waited for the water level to match the ocean before being released. The whole process was well choreographed and fascinating to watch. We were lucky to have seen so many during our only visit there. Enjoyed it much more than I expected.
Had a lot of fun watching the boats go through the locks. Also spent time walking through the botanical gardens, although the maps made it hard to ID trees. We were really lucky to be there in late June when the salmon were plentiful and actively using the fish ladders to reach their spawning grounds.
This place is so cool. Wonderful garden to walk around. Then there's the locks. You will be amazed when you see the boats come through the locks. Then cross over and to the salmon viewing room. You can watch the salmon make their trip towards home to make a family. More areas to walk around and back. Also a great view of the Ballard train tracks. Check it out.