The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (a.k.a. the Ballard Locks) offer a close-up look at yachts and fishing boats passing between Puget Sound and inland lakes as the water level rises or drops. A "fish ladder" provides neat underwater views of salmon working their way upstream to spawn. June through September, you can see massive fish leaping out of the water in front of the spillway; you might even see a sea lion in pursuit. Terraced lawns here are ideal for picnicking, and the surrounding Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden is great for strolls, with weekend band concerts in summer.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 07:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Beaches/Bodies of Water, Educational