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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
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.
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.
Don't get me wrong. We had a good time. We watched some boats come through and went to the visitor center. There is a fair bit to see and do if you want. The place is getting run down a bit and they are looking for donations to get it up to date. My thoughts are that they need to have a toll just like the rest of us have to pay on the 520, ferry and bridges. It is amazing to me that they offer passage at no cost especially with how much money in man hours and equipment wear and tear it takes to pass one small boat. Just my thoughts. 5 dollars a pass and it would all be paid for in no time.
I've loved spending time at The Locks since I was a child! It's easy to lose track of time while watching the boats pass through! The Locks has beautiful grounds for relaxing in, and the fish ladder is especially fun to visit when the salmon are running. A must-see for any Seattle visitor!
I absolutely love "The Locks." We currently live in Salt Lake (will be moving up to Seattle in the next couple years) but have family in the area. We make it a point to always visit them whenever we are in town. You can easily spend a few hours here between watching the water levels rise and lower for the boats, viewing the Salmon underneath, and the surrounding gardens. This is an excellent place to spend a quiet afternoon. If you've never been - I highly recommend going. If you've already been, you already know what I'm talking about and I'm preaching to the choir. :)