Ballard Locks parking?


   
Bottled water is sold in the Visitor Center but food is normally not available.   Picnic lunches are allowed and there are a number of local eating places and sources for takeaway food.
  
Free Concerts start at 2:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays from May through September.  Concerts are held in the Carl S. English Garden just outside the visitor center...see Schedule posted under Events.  

Commonly Asked Visitor Questions

A number of Tour Companies include the Locks.  Other options are Seattle Metro buses or Urber.
If you want to experience the Locks from a boat, try Argosy Cruises.  
   

by the way, we love dogs (on leash)

  

how do I get to the locks w/o a car?

is food and drink available at the locks?

The small locks are closed for 2 weeks starting March 6-7.  The large locks are closed for 2-3 weeks, starting Nov 6-7.     Donation-Based VIP tours inside the Large Locks are available during maintenance.

when are the boat locks closed for annual maintenance?

When is the visitor center open? CALL TO CONFIRM  206-783-7059

May 1 - Sept. 30  10:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday.
Oct. 1 - Apr. 30     10:00 am to 4:00 pm  Thursday through Monday
The Locks can be intimidating the first time through, especially the Large Locks on busy summer weekends.   We have a number of options to make your trip enjoyable.

yes, The grounds are open to visitors everyday 7:00AM TO 9:00PM

Free unlimited parking is available in the neighborhoods on both the North and South side of the Locks. You can walk across the Lock chambers from either side. City of Seattle metered parking is available at the North main entrance gate and is tightly patrolled.  Sunday parking is free.

Where are the Salmon?  WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SEE SALMON?

Adult Salmon pass through from June through September.  Even during peak times, you may not actually see Salmon in the Fish Ladder for a variety of reasons.   (CLICK HERE) to see a video and learn more or...
check out the Instagram and Facebook feeds below to see current activity.