Ballard Locks

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by kylebarber on December 18, 2000

The Ballard Locks are an odd Seattle attraction that I always fear will bore my friends who I drag to come and see with me. The boats coming or going to/from Lake Washington must pass through the "locks" which filter out sea water so as not to pollute the fresh water lake. In the summertime my day camp would routinely visit this place, probably because it was free and filled a few hours' time.

But there are sights besides the boats floating up and down while waiting to move forward. The huge dam is pretty spectacular to a small kid, who might be awed and fearful of the huge blades spinning below. The fish ladder is wel constructed, allowing visitors to watch the salmon struggle upstream from a variety of angles. And the small botanical gardens are pleasant any time of the year, though the flowering small plants are particularly brilliant in the summer.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks/Ballard Locks
3015 Northwest 54th Street
Seattle, Washington, 98107
(206) 783 7059

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