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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Canal Lock and Historic Site
  • Todd Z.
    "Fun to walk the gardens and watch the locks in action."(16 Tips)
    "Visit in July for the best views of the salmon on the fish ladder."(11 Tips)
    Celeste T.
    "underground viewing window"(3 Tips)
    "You can also check out the salmon ladder."(2 Tips)
79 Tips and reviews
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  • picnics
  • salmon
  • scenic views
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  • The Artificial
    The ArtificialNovember 27, 2017
    Where freshwater meets saltwater, there are nice hillsides to picnic and watch the boats go by, and a small botanical park on the grounds. The fish ladder gets quite busy during salmon season.…
    Upvoted Nov 27, 2017
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy McCrayApril 1, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite place to picnic in Seattle!
  • Derek P.
    Derek PunsalanNovember 13, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Good photo ops here.
  • David H.
    David HenstockAugust 26, 2016
    Park grounds unexpected bonus to super cool and busy working lock system
  • Dustin
    DustinAugust 14, 2016
    Watch some salmon try to swim upstream through the locks
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraMay 5, 2016
    Very lovey place surprisingly it's so cool watching the ships coming in and out
  • Tomiana D.
    Tomiana DeBellisMarch 15, 2016
    Watch the water change levels in order for the boats to go through. Don't miss the fish ladder or wild seals either!
  • Alice H.
    Alice HuangJanuary 28, 2016
    Watch out for the harbor seal!
  • T R
    T ROctober 21, 2015
    Don't hit the other boats
  • Lindsey B.
    Lindsey Burks ReynoldsAugust 19, 2015
    This is a fun outing wether you live around here or not. Very family friendly. Don't forget to pack a picnic.
  • T
    TJuly 21, 2015
    Great, educational free hour long tours (3 tours available) on weekend afternoons.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJuly 2, 2015
    Check out the salmon viewing windows. Follow the bronze salmon medallions on the ground to get there.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SalmonJune 22, 2015
    Watch the boats go through the locks and check out the fish ladder. Amazing engineering all around
  • dimple
    dimpleJanuary 25, 2015
    What a gorgeous day for a walk in Jan!
  • mark f.
    mark foltzDecember 4, 2014
    Views of boats
  • Carolina R R.
    Carolina R RiethSeptember 14, 2014
    Very interesting place!
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherSeptember 1, 2014
    Come and watch boats go through the locks.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 30, 2014
    Watching boats is fun
  • Celeste T.
    Celeste ThayerAugust 14, 2014
    Look for the underground viewing window, in the right season you will see salmon!
  • DJ C.
    DJ CMay 26, 2014
    Check out the fish ladder!
  • Doug S.
    Doug ShapleighMay 25, 2014
    Great place for a lazy weekend stroll. Weekdays are quietest time to visit. Check out the Salmon ladder viewing. Parking on Ballard side is mostly metered. Limited free parking on the Magnolia side
  • Angelo D.
    Angelo De Ieso IIMay 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A great peaceful escape within a bustling surrounding urban setting
    DANIELMay 2, 2014
    Worth the stop. Fragrant gardens and free entertainment, provided a boat is meandering its way thru - what an engineering marvel!
  • Nick P.
    Nick PietraniecApril 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The center of the locks will make a great place to camp out after the zombie apocalypse occurs
  • Scott R.
    Scott RoseFebruary 12, 2014
    After coming here numerous times over 4 decades, we finally visited the exhibits while killing time in poor weather. And it's great- notably, a lot to learn about what might have been and why.
  • David A.
    David AronchickDecember 18, 2013
    Cold and Christmassy!
  • Asia M.
    Asia MinorDecember 14, 2013
    Check out the free museum. Fascinating.
  • Lucky S.
    Lucky StrikeOctober 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to check out how boats are able tiger around, watch out for goose poop it's everywhere!
  • Connie L.
    Connie LuOctober 3, 2013
    Watch the salmon swim upstream in the underground viewing glass!
  • Linden L.
    Linden LiuSeptember 28, 2013
    Not so good as Discovery Park
  • Todd Z.
    Todd Z.August 5, 2013
    Fun to walk the gardens and watch the locks in action.
  • Melody M.
    Melody ManwaringJuly 25, 2013
    Early morning is my favorite time. No crowds. Very peaceful.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RagleJuly 21, 2013
    Take the time to watch the locks work as water vessels move from the Sound to Lake Union.
  • Cate W.
    Cate WhiteJuly 15, 2013
    Bring a picnic
  • Iris H.
    Iris HungryJuly 5, 2013
    Late August at sunset is the best time to visit!
  • Timbuk2
    Timbuk2May 9, 2013
    Fresh water meets salt water. You can also check out the salmon ladder. And you may see seals!
  • Courtney W.
    Courtney WulffApril 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get married here!
    TruthorDare.usNovember 13, 2012
    We dare you to find out how big the ship canal actually is and how the underground water tunnels help to keep the water flow clean and neat!
  • Josh J.
    Josh JonesOctober 15, 2012
    Park on the North side of the locks at Commodore Park. It's less crowded so it's easier to find parking and you can easily walk across the locks to enjoy the garden and museum on the other side.
  • Katrina D.
    Katrina DaskalogianniSeptember 26, 2012
    It's really worth taking a tour of the locks and the fish ladder.
  • David ☕️ K.
    David ☕️ KleinSeptember 4, 2012
    It's totally worth it to wait for the locks to open and close.
  • Marilou A.
    Marilou AlejoSeptember 3, 2012
    Check out the FREE visitor center! :)
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJuly 27, 2012
    Worth a visit and free. Next to the channel is a fish ladder for salmon; you can also watch through a viewing window. (Officially, these are the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, but nobody calls them that.) Read more
  • Bonny F.
    Bonny FolkestadJune 14, 2012
    Loved exploring the neighborhood. Seattle is a beautiful place.
  • ELS Language Centers
    Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, one of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions
  • Anthony
    AnthonyApril 9, 2012
    See live Salmon here. Don't get trapped on the far side when boats pass through.
  • Amber
    AmberFebruary 12, 2012
    Get the low-down on smoltification!
  • Sian W.
    Sian WuFebruary 9, 2012
    If you've enjoyed the salmon and the view, check out more ways to help Puget Sound at Read more
  • Putu A.
    Putu AdiJanuary 22, 2012
    Try ice cream vanilla
  • Iris H.
    Iris HungryDecember 8, 2011
    Watch the Christmas ship go by in December!
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