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
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Engineers, and those who marvel at great engineering works in motion, will enjoy watching the Chittenden Locks for hours. Officially opened in 1917, the locks are impressive in form and function, forever changing the landscape of Seattle. The locks played a pivotal role in transforming the old lumberjack and fishmonger town into the thriving metropolis we love today. Go and find a spot next to the locks to watch for an hour or more. Lose yourself in reverie, imagining old Seattle fishing and logging boats as they carry their goods between bays. Take note of anchormen and lock workers dutifully facilitating safe arrival and departure of passenger boats. Walk the short distance across the dam and below ground to view through theater-sized underwater windows, as pacific salmon swim through unique fish ladders in migration from freshwater to the sea, and when they later return to freshwater for spawning. The Chittenden Locks in Ballard may be Seattle's most unexpected attraction, for locals or tourists, young and old. Highly recommended.
First of all, Seattle - aka The Emerald City, is awesome! So much to do and see. With our son as the tour guide we hit up these really cool Locks and actually some boats go through them. Love the special steps they built for the salmon. Put this one on your list when visiting Seattle.
That's curious place! I have never seen locks- system before. So it was my first time here. The weekend was cold, but sunny. We observed small and big ships passed through the locks, it was really interesting! There is also railroad bridge nearby, trains pass often here. We had nice walk through it's nature park, saw a lot of friendly squirrels. Visitor center was closed that day. So you can easily spend couple hours here. There is salmon- ladder here, but we didn't see migration of salmon, because December is not right months for it.
Nice park. A bit cold in winter, better to visit in Summer. You can see the boats waiting to cross in the locks.
One of my favorite places in Seattle, year-round. Salmon in the late summer, tons of boat activity in the warmer months, a peaceful place to walk and be alone in the winter. And it's free!