Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle - Address, Phone Number
Address: 3015 Northwest 54th Street, Seattle, WA 98107
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About Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle
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, Seattle Reviews - Write a Review
It's a beautiful place in the day time when the sun shines. I actually got married here! So you can understand a five star rating is nothing but true. The locks also have a cool building that it often display art works like painting and prints. More so. You can start at the locks and see ship up and down. It's always interesting to watch.
Cool place. We definitely came at the wrong time though because the large lock had been drained and most of the salmon had already swum up stream. Would be amazing to watch the locks in action and see the fish swimming upstream. We did however see about three deals which was cool!
First, accept that you might not see salmon. Then, recognize that you will see one of the engineering marvels of the US. you'll smile, you'll be impressed, you'll watch people drink too much wine on boats in the locks and be happy you saw that one salmon lost in the ladder. This is a good place. Try to park in Commodore Park to save yourself some stress and be closer to Urban Family brewing.
The engineering accomplishment is fascinating to watch. I learned quite a bit, speaking to the people who worked their. It's very unique, in that it's only one of two locks in the country, which goes from fresh water to salt water and the public can walk up right up to. The park it beautiful and there is a small gift shop, that plays a short documentary movie, on the building and history of the locks. Its quite interesting. Its a nice place to spend a few hours and watching the Salmon go through/ over the fish ladder was really cool.
It's a laid back spot. The locks and Salmon ladder is interesting to see. ( Fyi, there are no salmon in December) The visitor center has some fun to know history. For free, it's a great value. Beautiful grounds and spots to enjoy gardens.