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Seattle Locks Cruise

From $46.79
  • Cruise along Seattle's famous Ballard Locks
  • Enjoy views of Elliot Bay, Puget Sound, and Lake Union
  • Soak in the stunning city skyline, surrounding mountains and parade of sailboats and yachts
Seattle Locks Cruise
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12:45pm DepartureMost Popular
Departs at 12:45pm
3:45pm Departure
Tour departs at 3:45pm
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Seattle from the water on this 2.5-hour narrated cruise along Ballard Locks, one of the the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Learn about Seattle’s historic waterfront and take in the view of the city’s skyline with a spectacular panoramic background of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, including majestic Mt Rainier. See the houseboat and waterfront homes of the area’s rich and famous. Food and beverages are available for purchase on board the boat.
What to Expect
Enjoy this entertaining and educational 2.5-hour sightseeing tour of Seattle from Ballard Locks. The locks provide a link for boats between the saltwater of Puget Sound and the freshwater of the Ship Canal, which then connects to Lake Union. Take in the seemingly never-ending view of the city skyline, including the Great Wheel Ferris wheel, the iconic Space Needle, the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges and majestic Mt Rainier. Also see the houseboat community that featured prominently in the movie Sleepless in Seattle.

Learn how the locks work as the boat is lifted to the freshwater level of the ship canal. Then while leaving the locks, find out more about Seattle’s fishing communities and the Deadliest Catch boats.

There are food and beverages options available for purchase on board the boat.

This tour also includes a 20-minute motor coach transfer before or after the tour, assuring that the tour starts and ends at the same spot along Seattle’s waterfront.
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Nice Cruise Around the Bay

There was a cruise ticket in my Seattle City Pass book, I opted to upgrade to the locks cruise. It was narrated by one of the captains/bartenders (forgot his name). He was very knowledgeable about the area. I enjoyed it a great deal.

1  Thank JANUARY S
Reviewed 6 days ago
Great for all ages

Beautiful views and interesting commentary. Took our grandkids, 9 & 11, and they were thoroughly entertained the entire time. They were very interested in the locks operation. We had visited the locks museum last year and they were thrilled to transit the locks by boat....More

Thank mikeandlindaSeattle
Reviewed 1 week ago
DO it

Great time. Ride a boat have a beer. Tour guide very knowledgeable and friendly. Had a wonderful time. Did the 1st night and glad of it. Guide had many suggestions of things to do and see.

Thank Kyla C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great experience and tour of the Seattle Locks. The skyline, views, and weather were all picture perfect!

I chose this tour out of all the boat cruises in the Seattle area because it gave us a look at both the fresh water and salt waterways in the Seattle area, especially the Pugent Sound. The locks were truly a unique feature that most...More

Thank 723tami
ArgosySocial, Guest Relations Manager at Argosy Cruises - Seattle Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for cruising with us! Sounds like you purchased the Boat & Bus option for the Locks Cruise and the bus departed Pier 55 to take you to Lake Union where the cruise began. We're glad you had a wonderful time on the cruise and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Locks - boat and bus

We took the 12:45pm cruise from Pier 55 with bus trip back, and were very pleased with the experience. The crew member who did the running commentary was excellent in both content and delivery. Very informative. The first section of the cruise runs parallel to...More

5  Thank Frommy
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Denise D
August 13, 2018|
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Response from P3261PGjosephr | Reviewed this property |
Nope, you're good to go!
Parisa A
July 18, 2018|
Response from 723tami |
Do they have bathrooms on the ship?
Kay C
July 17, 2018|
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Response from P3261PGjosephr | Reviewed this property |
Garages are nearby. I walked from my downtown hotel to Pier 55.
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