Kids love fish. And there’s probably a good reason why. They watch them on the big screen, eat snacks shaped like them and even visit entire theme parks dedicated to them. So why not make your little fish fanatic happy this fall by heading to one of these local spots to watch (or even touch) our finned friends. Swim, err, flip through the gallery to see our favorite places where fish lovers (big and small) can meet these creatures of the deep.
The best time to visit the Ballard Locks is mid-June through October, so you can watch salmon migrating up the fish ladder from Puget Sound to Lake Washington. A newly-renovated underground viewing area gives you an up-close view of the fish as they make their way through the locks. After you've watched their journey, take a picnic out to a grassy spot and watch the many different boats "lock thru."
Good to Know: Professional naturalists provide daily salmon talks and free one-hour tours.
Hiram H. Chittendon Locks
3015 N.W. 54th St.
Seattle, Wa 98107
Hours: Fish Ladder, daily, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., mid-June thru Oct. Locks, daily, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., year-round.
photo: Ingrid Taylar via Flickr
Have you visited these fishy attractions? Did we miss your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.
— Helen Walker Green