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You just clipped your first slide! Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later. Now customize the name of a clipboard to store your clips. Visibility Others can see my Clipboard. Cancel Save. Come at the end of a gorgeous weekend, and you might be rewarded with a spectacular view of hundreds of boats of all shapes and sizes lined up in the large lock.

Each lock is drained once a year, giving you a chance to get a unique view of the dried-out locks. You don't truly get an accurate picture of the scale of these things until you see them empty. It's quite the sight. The Visitor's Center has a few exhibitions about the Locks, along with an in-depth history of the Locks.

The Center displays some of the tools that were used to construct the Locks, as well as a full-size model of one of the massive gears that opens and closes the lock gates. A functional model lets you try your hand at operating the Locks.

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You can also catch a minute video about the Locks. The Visitor's Center also shares information about salmon and their life cycle and explains the importance of the fish ladder. There are several exhibits focused on the natural environment of the Locks. The landscaping in Commodore Park is less spectacular than the English Botanical Gardens, but the shoreside trail helps to make up for that. You can have a grand old time creeping along this trail and peering down into the waters below; you might see salmon smolt, other small fish, crabs, seals, kingfishers, herons, cormorants, or jellyfish.

The Locks can be accessed from either Ballard or Magnolia. Follow the signs to reach Emerson St; follow it west. Turn right onto 21 st Ave W; follow it until it turns into Commodore St.

You'll soon come upon the parking lot for Commodore Park. Parking here is always free, but the lot is small.


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Street parking is also available here if the lot is full. If you ride your bike to the Locks, be aware that you must walk your bike from gate to gate. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

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Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Great write up. I recently had a chance to visit the Locks but it was getting dark so definitely need to go back during the day to check out the gardens.

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Thanks for the kind words! I do rather enjoy Seattle, though I fear it's made me into a bit of a heat wimp I was whining about it being 90 up here over the weekend. If you do come up to Seattle, be sure to put the University of Washington Arboretum and the Volunteer Park Conservatory onto your list. I'll probably write some hubs about those two at some point, as well. Awesome photos and informative and interesting write up! I've only been to Seattle once, but I loved it. Top notch work!

Thanks for sharing LillyGrillzit Thanks for the compliment! I had a lot of pictures to choose from I must've looked through at least to get these ones. Green Art It's a bit of a drive from Shelton, but definitely add the Locks to your next Seattle trip. It's a nice change of pace from most of the downtown attractions. Very interesting hub with tons of great information. My in-laws live in Shelton, Washington and sometimes we visit Seattle. This looks like a great place to check out next time we visit. Voted up and interesting!

This is one of my favorite places to visit in the city. Even though I've been there lots of times, I learned some new things from reading this. Well done on this hub! Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others. HubPages Inc, a part of Maven Inc.

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Volitans more. Click thumbnail to view full-size. Chittenden Locks The Hiram M. Sights Around the Locks Click thumbnail to view full-size. Purpose of the Locks The Ballard Locks serve several purposes: The Locks regulate the water level of Lake Washington, maintaining a water level between 20 and 22 feet above Puget Sound.

Attractions at the Locks The Carl S. The Wonders of the Carl S. Garden Click thumbnail to view full-size. The Fish Ladder Click thumbnail to view full-size. Slices of the Locks Click thumbnail to view full-size. At the Visitor's Center Click thumbnail to view full-size. Questions must be on-topic, written with proper grammar usage, and understandable to a wide audience. North America. Hope I get to visit Seattle one of these days. The Ballard Locks look very cool. Doctor Bees World Thanks for the kind words! It was a joy to write.