Conceived as soon as the first white settlers came in the 1850s and finished in the 1930s, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard ... More
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks)
Conceived as soon as the first white settlers came in the 1850s and finished in the 1930s, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks) go up and down on a regular basis, letting pleasure craft, fishing boats and tour vessels through. Crowds come here to see the boats, to watch the salmon using the fish ladder; and the sea lions that come to eat them and to stroll through the adjacent gardens. The locks and gardens are open daily, but the visitor center is only open on weekends in the winter.
Nothing here but a cement bridge. Don't fool yourself, this is about as boring as it gets. If this is your idea of a great attraction to see while in Seattle, it attests to the fact that Seattle has very little to see.
We always enjoy a casual stroll through the on-site gardens before we head down to the locks to check out the marine traffic passing through. If you're really fortunate you can see the really large ships transit the larger lock. Cross on over to the other side to check out the Salmon Ladder. This is a great place to toss a blanket down on the hillside and just watch the world pass by!
This is an amazing tour for anyone, especially families. As long as you are able to walk and manage stairs, you'll enjoy the underground look at old Seattle. It's quite an eye-opening experience. I'm not a history buff, but it was so neat to learn about how Seattle started and the many problems they faced. Have fun!
we are planning a trip to seattle summer of 2006. we want to see the gardens and the locks and fish ladders , but nowhere does it giva address or traveling info. understand please we have never been to seattle.
On the way to the Locks, you will enter through such a beautiful japanese garden , Its so peacefull in the garden and so big. The locks are very interesting to whatch how it works and if you love big boats you can catch an eye of some really huge boats coming through. I really like the Locks
There's nothing like spending a couple of hours on a summer weekend watching the pleasure boat traffic pass through the locks between Lake Washington and Puget Sound. The Fish Ladder is a nice bonus, as are the gardens that are also on the property.
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