Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle

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Pier / Boardwalk · Hidden Gem · Water Body
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Watch boats and fish travel the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, a waterway system that provides safe passage between salt water and fresh water. The locks connect the Puget Sound to the Ship Canal, which links to Lake Union and Lake Washington. See barges, yachts, sailboats, and more pass through as water levels adjust to allow their journey. Don’t miss the fish ladder, which allows the migration of anadromous fish, such as salmon, between the two types of water. Glass panels give you a clear view of the fish making their journey. Pop into the visitor center to learn more about the history of the locks and how they work. To visit Hiram M. Chittenden Locks on your holiday in Seattle, and find out what else Seattle has to offer, use our Seattle.
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  • We made a trip to the locks to watch them in action and see the salmon ladder. It was actually really neat seeing the locks in action, I like how they welcome tourists to observe how they work. 
    We made a trip to the locks to watch them in action and see the salmon ladder. It was actually really neat seeing the locks in action, I like how they welcome tourists to observe how they work.  more »
  • We went with our granddaughters one evening and really enjoyed seeing the locks. Although we only saw one boat go through at that time of day, it was still interesting. 
    We went with our granddaughters one evening and really enjoyed seeing the locks. Although we only saw one boat go through at that time of day, it was still interesting.  more »
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  • A definite must check it out for anyone who hasn't seen an active working Locks. Very interesting, you get to see how the system works that lets boats of all sizes go through. You see all kinds of very interesting boats. We also saw some sea lions hunting for fish. There's also a beautiful botanical garden there with walking paths and a great variety of plants and trees. Perfect place for a picnic in a warm day. Plant lovers would enjoy this garden. There's also a fish ladder to watch the salmon go through although we didn't see any on our visit. Must not be the season. You can Google when the fish swim through to see, it'd make it a much more interesting experience.
  • I adore going here. I went here with my parents on Father's Day/My Mother's Birthday. I loved walking by people that speak several languages and watching the enginuity that goes behind this. I like where you can observe the various types of salmon with a display that shows variances in their characteristics. There's a beautiful nature walk and Rose garden as well. This place is really special with an assortment of vastly interesting and different views.

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