Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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  • 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 Opening and Closing 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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  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Address: 3015 Northwest 54th Street, Seattle, WA 98107, United States
  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Contact Number: +1-2067837059
  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Timing: 24-hrs
  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Hiram M. Chittenden Locks(preferred time): 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Hiram M. Chittenden Locks: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Seattle include Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in their plan

  • 33.86% of people start their Hiram M. Chittenden Locks visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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92.59% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle Reviews

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  • A friend of mine that used to live in Seattle gave me a few "must sees", to go see as we visited Seattle. He thought that maybe one of the varieties of salmon would be making a run up through the lock. Sadly, they were not because we were about a month early. But it turned out to be a pretty neat experience anyway. A nice river walk as you approach the lock, a few informational postings, an observation area for the salmon run and you can get up close to see the locks work. We watched a large commercial vessel coming into the harbor and then a couple personal craft exiting the harbor. It was very interesting watching the waters rise and fall, and the whole logistics of it all to make the transfer happen. I would say this is a must see. But check the salmon run schedule, that is probably a whole lot more must see.

  • This place is fantastic. In the couple hours we were there we got to see so many ships coming in and out of the lake. From Monday to Friday there is a free 1 hour guided tour where they explain more on how it was made and how it works. Glad we stuck around for the tour! Fun and interesting how Seattle became such an amazing city! Place is very well maintained, clean restrooms and facilities. There is also a building (gift shop downstairs) that has exhibits to learn more on your own. Only down side is we couldn’t get to see the fish ladder because it’s just mid May and Salmon fish are everywhere else but there. Def try to go in the Summer or during October! 😍

  • I take every person here when they come to visit! It's so cool to watch the locks fill up and to see boats and kayaks go through. We've seen fish and seals in the water. We love walking through the botanical gardens here. The kids love when the trains pass by on the bridge! And all of it's free. On the south side you have to pay for parking. On the North side there's free parking but it fills up fast.

  • This place is pretty cool, the concept of locks and seeing it at work is really fascinating. In a good sunny day you can spend hours here. They open and close the locks every 15-20 minutes and when we were there there was a big cruise ship that was ready to pass, it was really fun watching the whole process. I highly recommend this place. Parking is a challenge. There is also a park for picnics and get-together or a simple stroll around the park.

  • A must-see for out of town guests. Even better if you can go through the locks on a boat. The Army Corps of Engineers leads a tour some days that is free and educational. And you can take an Argosy cruise through the locks. When the salmon are going upstream the salmon ladder is super fun to watch. There is also a beautiful small botanical garden on site.

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