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 ended up spending most of our afternoon going through the visitors' centre, checking out the fish ladder, and then finding a spot to sit and watch the wildlife and boats. We ended up seeing more... 
    We ended up spending most of our afternoon going through the visitors' centre, checking out the fish ladder, and then finding a spot to sit and watch the wildlife and boats. We ended up seeing more...  more »
  • If you’re even vaguely interested in how lock systems work, or even if you just enjoy watching boats of all sizes on the water, then this attraction is for you. There are two locks: one large and one....  more
    If you’re even vaguely interested in how lock systems work, or even if you just enjoy watching boats of all sizes on the water, then this attraction is for you. There are two locks: one large and one....  more »
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  • 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.
  • To think that this was built over a hundred years ago, and is still performing is quite a testament to American engineering. You should visit the locks if you live in, or around Seattle. It is so entertaining. If you love boats, or just people watching you shouldn't miss the chance to see both. Not to forget to mention the Salmon ladder for fish spawning into the lake. Get on down here. Weekends are much busier, so maybe visit during the week if possible.

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