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.

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.  

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 in March.  The large locks are closed for 2 or more weeks in November..check News for schedules.     Donation-Based custom VIP tours are available during maintenance.

when are the boat locks closed for annual maintenance?

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

High Season  May 1 - Sept. 30  10:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday.
Low Season   Oct. 1 - Apr. 30    10:00 am to 4:00 pm  Thursday thru Monday (closed for lunch 12:30-1:30pm

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.
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.

by the way, we love dogs (on leash)


WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?   YES!...check with visitor center for specifics