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Tour code: 2960LOCKS
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.


  • 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

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 and Lake Washington. 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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Customer Reviews

Casey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a very chill way to see the waters around Seattle. The tour guides were great in explaining history, climate, etc... It's something you should do once if you come to the city. Also, the boat serves drinks too, so its a fun pre dinner 2.5 hour cruise.

Vincent S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a fascinating tour. Fun and educational, and a nice overview of Seattle. The tour guide, Ariana, was very informed and pleasant.

Lin Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The boat that we cruised on was rather large and could accommodate hundreds of people. However, the boat was only about a quarter filled with people. I found the locks system to be intriguing as there is nothing like this back in Australia. The crew were knowledgeable and spoke about the history of Seattle and its surroundings. Great weather made it even better as the water was calm and the sea breeze once you hit the salt water was amazing.

Kara W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Gave a great overview of the Capitol Hill and sound area of Seattle. Perfect for someone new to the city

Elizabeth F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour. We started with a bus trip to lake Union with a knowledgeable and witty bus driver. The cruise was great. The weather improved so as we entered Puget sound, the sun was shining. The Seattle skyline and the mountains behind were stunning.

Robeert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very informative interesting. We had perfect weather which made a huge difference.

Kim C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This tour was amazing! The crew was so friendly and accommodating for us. One person in our group used a walker and another used a cane. The crew helped them get on board, and was very attentive to their needs, which made the trip so enjoyable for them. The narrator was informative and engaging the whole trip. I highly recommend this trip, it's a wonderful way to see Seattle.

Peggy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very informative and fun! I highly recommend it!

Emily b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

we had the best time ever. I strongl feel if you take this trip you will be very happy. well worth the money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour the tour guide was very informative and it was a great insight into a different part of Seattle that you probably wouldnt see normally. Going through the locks and learning how the system worked was fantastic and the trip out into Pugent sound was just beautiful.

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