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Originally built in 1911, these locks offer a fascinating lesson in technology from days gone by. Observe ships and sailing vessels as they enter the locks and – following a series of mechanical... Read More
Originally built in 1911, these locks offer a fascinating lesson in technology from days gone by. Observe ships and sailing vessels as they enter the locks and – following a series of mechanical adjustments – depart into either the sound or the lake at a completely different water level. You can learn all about the locks' history in the visitor center; from March to November, guided tours are also offered. In addition, visitors may look through a viewing glass to see salmon run from fresh to salt water in season (June through October and March through April). Also, be sure not to miss the seven-acre Carl English Botanical Gardens, which present nearly 2,000 varieties of plant life. Operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
- Gardens: Daily 7am-9pm
- Visitor's Center & Gift Shop (Oct - Apr): Thu-Mon 10am-4pm
- Visitor's Center & Gift Shop (May - Sep): Daily 10am-6pm
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: The Chittenden Locks are a great, free attraction that the whole family will love. Watch boats move through the locks, and wander the beautiful gardens.
- Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: The Chittenden Locks captivate spectators of all ages; watch the boats rise and fall as they make their way to new bodies of water.
- Best for Sightseeing Because: The Chittenden Locks & Carl English Botanical Gardens showcase Ballard's manmade wonder. Watch boats pass through the canal.