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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
+1 206-780-2500
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3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213
+1 206-780-2500
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There's a surprising amount to see at the Locks: the locks operating, the often entertaining lock operators, the fish ladder, visitor center, interesting boats, beautiful gardens, historical signs, seals and sea lions, salmon or steelhead, the railroad bridge operating, etc etc. I recommend that you...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Locks are definitely a place to visit in Seattle if you have a few extra hours. Immediately adjacent to the lock are the gardens which is maintained as part of the Locks property. The are two sets of Locks which essentially allows to two...More

Thank Road_warriorXTRM
Reviewed 3 days ago

I love watching the boats go through the Ballard Locks on their way between Puget Sound and Lake Union. I always bring my out-of-town guests here and every one of them has been thrilled. In fact, one friend from Oregon had actually never seen locks...More

Thank Lydia O
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you've never been, it's a must and besides parking is free. You can watch from underground the fish swimming or just stay and watch the boats.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Hiram M. Chittenden locks and Carl English Botanical Gardens are only a mile from my daughter's apartment, so when I visit twice a year, I walk it everyday, rain or shine. The locks lead from Puget Sound into Lake Union and Lake Washington and...More

Thank Daytonike
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The locks are great to watch how boats are effectively using an elevator. Plus, spring through fall will almost certainly present inexperienced boaters so watching their challenges can be entertaining (I used to frequently use the locks on my boat so I feel ok posting...More

Thank Sun_Fun_Beach_Travel
Reviewed 6 days ago

interesting to watch the ships go through the locks. There are two sets of lparallel ocks here. They will run multiple boats at the same tiem through the locks. Watched the boats enter the locks and then either be lowered or raised. The gardens are...More

Thank knucklehead84663
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you have never experienced a busy working Lock, this is the busiest in the United States. Surrounded by beautiful, park-like grounds with great scenic background. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers do a wonderful job to accommodate tourists, with a great visitor center as...More

Thank OldBob22
Reviewed 1 week ago

walk across them see the boats go thru. worth the visit but plan to visit the northside restaurants.. Lockspot, or Red Mill Burgers. Its a funn e xcursion.. If you continue west on Shilshole Ave you'll hit the beach.. nice drive along the water.

Thank Robin H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was not on my list of things to see during my visit, especially because of the uneven weather. But, I was not too far away when in Fremont so I took the drive and was very pleased with the result. The gardens are lovely......More

Thank gevaltech
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ger w
HI I hope to visit from the UK next September and would like to know when the salmon runs take place.Any information would be great. Ger
11 May 2017|
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Response from Brodethedog | Property representative |
Check out the website and social media links at bottom of site for detailed information. There is a Questions tab which will answer most everything. The salmon season is short, from June through Sept. There is a YouTube... More
Jeff C: Sorry you didn't enjoy your visit. Seeing Salmon can be iffy, even during peak season, they may have been waiting for high tide to move into the viewing room. Maybe you expected a circus act that performs on schedule?
11 September 2016|
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Response from SeaTraveller2015 | Reviewed this property |
What's the question? Jeff C."s response to Pamela M was rather snotty. Whatever the question or comments made by Pamela M., Jeff C. owed her more respect than his comment suggested. Jeff...you don't know everything about... More
Karen W
I am planning a visit to the locks on a Friday. Is there a better/best time of day to see the happenings with boats and fish?
28 August 2016|
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Response from Brodethedog | Property representative |
Mid day to late for pleasure boat traffic. Salmon at high tide, you'll have to check tide tables. Commercial boats, pretty much pot luck... Recommend tours