5 star rating: Highly Recommended 76 Reviews

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  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Enjoy beautiful views of Seattle from the water on this relaxing cruise along the Ballard Locks, connecting Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington. Watch a parade of sailboats, tugboats and yachts passing through the complex Seattle locks system, and snap photos of the stunning city skyline and surrounding mountains. You'll also pass the floating houseboat community famously featured in the film 'Sleepless in Seattle.'

Highlights

  • Cruise along Seattle's famous Ballard Locks
  • Enjoy views of Elliot Bay, Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington
  • Soak in the stunning city skyline, surrounding mountains and parade of sailboats and yachts
  • Pass the floating houseboat community from Sleepless in Seattle

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What You Can Expect

Seattle Locks Cruise

Seattle Locks Cruise

Your Seattle locks cruise departs from Pier 56 on the Seattle Central Waterfront. After hopping on the boat, cruise out along the Ballard Locks, formally the Hiram M Chittenden Locks, built in 1911 to provide a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects to Lake Union and Lake Washington.

Learn about the complex locks system from the live onboard commentary. You'll be treated with views of the stunning Seattle skyline, Elliot Bay, Puget Sound, Lake Union, Lake Washington, the surrounding mountains and a parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugboats, barges and yachts passing through the locks. Watch as the locks' water levels are adjusted to allow their safe passage, and spot the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between the fresh water and salt water.

You'll also cruise past the iconic floating houseboat community that was featured in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. Take advantage of great photo opportunities here. When you disembark the cruise, you'll be taken back to Pier 56 by coach.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The trip was spectacular and our guide and captain were both very knowledgable. What a great way to see Seattle from the water and what an experience going through the locks.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was everything I expected.....well narrated and scenic. It is a good value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very nice and enjoyable. The root beer was dynamite also.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The Cruise was fantastic. Highly recommend it!!

Did have some problems understanding that we only got vouchers that we needed to exchange for tickets but that was quickly address by the support crew.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We took the city tour and a water tour and enjoyed every moment. The food was excellent. We enjoyed the entire trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very enjoyable, perfect weather and calm seas! Tour guide was superb!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

fascinating

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour would highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The day was perfect. The captain was excellent and treated us very well . After the cruise was over she gave us water and provided taxis when the bus didn't start. Much appreciated. The commentator on the boat was also excellent with very informative talk about the scenery and the locks. Good time was had by all our group of 16 people from BC.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A wonderful trip. Fabulous views. A beautiful day. Andrew was our great guide. Thank you.

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