Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Harbor / Marina, Park, and Lake
3015 NW 54th St (Lake Washington Ship Canal), Seattle, WA 98107, United States

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    Todd Z.
    "Fun to walk the gardens and watch the locks in action."(15 Tips)
    Celeste T.
    "underground viewing window"(3 Tips)
    "You can also check out the salmon ladder."(2 Tips)
    Connie L.
    "Watch the salmon swim upstream in the underground viewing glass!"(2 Tips)
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  • T R

    Don't hit the other boats

    T R · October 21
  • Lindsey B.

    This is a fun outing wether you live around here or not. Very family friendly. Don't forget to pack a picnic.

  • T

    Great, educational free hour long tours (3 tours available) on weekend afternoons.

    T · July 21
  • Caroline D.

    Check out the salmon viewing windows. Follow the bronze salmon medallions on the ground to get there.

    Caroline Deng · July 2
  • Sean S.

    Watch the boats go through the locks and check out the fish ladder. Amazing engineering all around

    Sean Salmon · June 22
  • dimple

    What a gorgeous day for a walk in Jan!

    dimple · January 25
  • mark f.

    Views of boats

    mark foltz · December 4, 2014
  • Carolina R R.

    Very interesting place!

    Carolina R Rieth · September 14, 2014
  • Eppy T.

    Come and watch boats go through the locks.

    Eppy Thatcher · September 1, 2014
  • Mary S.

    Watching boats is fun

    Mary S · August 30, 2014
  • Celeste T.

    Look for the underground viewing window, in the right season you will see salmon!

    Celeste Thayer · August 14, 2014
  • DJ C.

    Check out the fish ladder!

    DJ C · May 26, 2014
  • Doug S.

    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

    Doug Shapleigh · May 25, 2014
  • Angelo D.

    A great peaceful escape within a bustling surrounding urban setting

    Angelo De Ieso II · May 16, 2014
  • Daniel S.

    Worth the stop. Fragrant gardens and free entertainment, provided a boat is meandering its way thru - what an engineering marvel!

    Daniel S · May 2, 2014
  • Nick P.

    The center of the locks will make a great place to camp out after the zombie apocalypse occurs

    Nick Pietraniec · April 7, 2014
  • Scott R.

    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.

    Scott Rose · February 12, 2014
  • David A.

    Cold and Christmassy!

    David Aronchick · December 18, 2013
  • Asia M.

    Check out the free museum. Fascinating.

    Asia Minor · December 14, 2013
  • Lucky S.

    Great place to check out how boats are able tiger around, watch out for goose poop it's everywhere!

    Lucky Strike · October 25, 2013
  • Connie L.

    Watch the salmon swim upstream in the underground viewing glass!

    Connie Lu · October 3, 2013
  • Linden L.

    Not so good as Discovery Park

    Linden Liu · September 28, 2013
  • Todd Z.

    Fun to walk the gardens and watch the locks in action.

    Todd Z. · August 5, 2013
  • Melody M.

    Early morning is my favorite time. No crowds. Very peaceful.

    Melody Manwaring · July 25, 2013
  • Jeff R.

    Take the time to watch the locks work as water vessels move from the Sound to Lake Union.

    Jeff Ragle · July 21, 2013
  • Cate W.

    Bring a picnic

    Cate White · July 15, 2013
  • Iris M.

    Late August at sunset is the best time to visit!

    Iris McClead · July 5, 2013
  • Timbuk2

    Fresh water meets salt water. You can also check out the salmon ladder. And you may see seals!

    Timbuk2 · May 9, 2013
  • Courtney W.

    Get married here!

    Courtney Wulff · April 12, 2013
  • TruthorDare.us

    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!

    TruthorDare.us · November 13, 2012
  • Josh J.

    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.

    Josh Jones · October 15, 2012
  • Katrina D.

    It's really worth taking a tour of the locks and the fish ladder.

    Katrina Daskalogianni · September 26, 2012
  • David K.

    It's totally worth it to wait for the locks to open and close.

    David Klein · September 4, 2012
  • Marilou A.

    Check out the FREE visitor center! :)

    Marilou Alejo · September 3, 2012
  • Los Angeles Times

    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

    Los Angeles Times · July 27, 2012
  • Bonny F.

    Loved exploring the neighborhood. Seattle is a beautiful place.

    Bonny Folkestad · June 14, 2012
  • ELS Language Centers

    Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, one of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions

    ELS Language Centers · May 28, 2012
  • Bryn T.

    Its fun to see the salmon

    Bryn Templeton · April 30, 2012
  • Anthony S.

    See live Salmon here. Don't get trapped on the far side when boats pass through.

    Anthony Sayles · April 9, 2012
  • Amber

    Get the low-down on smoltification!

    Amber · February 12, 2012
  • Sian W.

    If you've enjoyed the salmon and the view, check out more ways to help Puget Sound at Read more

    Sian Wu · February 9, 2012
  • Putu A.

    Try ice cream vanilla

    Putu Adi · January 22, 2012
  • Iris M.

    Watch the Christmas ship go by in December!

    Iris McClead · December 8, 2011
  • Garick C.

    Save a trip to Panama

    Garick Chan · November 11, 2011
  • Peggy D.

    yep, it's really that good. (but park on the south side where it's free)

    Peggy Dolane · October 19, 2011
  • Jeff H.

    Watch for jumping salmon and salmon chasing sea lions Read more

    Jeff Hackmeister · October 4, 2011
  • Trudy A.

    Love this place always lots going on. Grab take out from Paseos or one of the local fish & chips places and enjoy a picnic while watching boats cruise through.

    Trudy Alefaio · September 26, 2011
  • Jeff H.

    Find a nice spot on the hill to sit back and relax

    Jeff Hackmeister · September 20, 2011
  • Chad D.

    Stand on the bridges for maximum fun!

    Chad Driesbach · August 24, 2011
  • Carlos S.

    At low tide you can see the salmon better as they approach the fish ladder from the salt water side.

    Carlos Smith · August 19, 2011

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