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  • Photo courtesy of Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks
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Chittenden Locks & Carl English Botanical Gardens

Type: Attractions, Gardens, Tours and Excursions



Map / Directions 10Best Says

Originally built in 1911, these Ballard (Seattle) locks offer a fascinating lesson in technology from days gone by. Observe ships and sailing vessels as they enter the locks and â€" following a...  Read More

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Map / Directions Hours:

  • 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

Map / Directions Admissions:

  • Free

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  • Outdoor Activities: "When the locks are open to the public, don't miss seeing the salmon run the fish ladder in certain seasons (June through October and March through April). After visiting the Botanical Gardens, round out the day by visiting the beaches of nearby Golden Gardens."
  • Things to Do with Kids, Sightseeing: "Don't miss seeing the salmon run the fish ladder in certain seasons (June through October and March through April)."
  • Best for Outdoor Activities Because: Built in 1911, these locks offer a fascinating lesson in technology. When all areas are open, watch boats pass through; access the botanical gardens year-round.
  • 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.

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