Chittenden Locks

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Chittenden Locks
Description:The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks are a complex of locks that sit in the middle of Salmon Bay, part of Seattle's Lake Washington Ship Canal. They are known locally as the Ballard Locks after the neighborhood to their north. View the fish ladder and underwater viewing gallery that allows you to see salmon and steelhead returning to their spawning grounds.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:3015 NW 54th St
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City:Seattle
State/Province:WA
Zip Code:98107
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:The grounds at the Locks are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday - Sunday, including all holidays. The fish ladder viewing gallery closes at 8:45 p.m.

Visitor Center hours: Winter hours (October 1 - April 30) are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Summer hours are daily, May 1 - September 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free guided tours are provided March 1 - November 30.

If your school or organization wishes a free guided tour of the locks, fish ladder, or botanical garden, contact the visitor center staff at 206-783-7059.
Admission:Public Parrking - $1.50/hour for a maximum of three hours. Pay stations accept debit and credit cards, and coins. Payment is required for parking Monday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Telephone:(206) 783-7059
Website:Visit Website
R E V I E W S
Laura K., Co-op Member
The Locks are such a great place to take kids (and adults) of all ages. It's a place where science, technology and history all collide, making it not just fun, but an educational experience as well. Our kids love watching boats of all sizes pulling into the locks, watching the water levels rise and fall, and heading out again. The staff who operate the locks have always been friendly and willing to answer a question or two if they're not busy. Be sure to cross over the locks to the fish ladder and underwater observation room, and glimpse a variety of salmon spawning in the fall. After everyone has had the chance to watch fish and boats moving between the salt waters of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Seattle lakes, its time to head into the free museum on site. Learn about the history and construction of the local canals and locks, and take a turn at operating the locks (a hands-on display).
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