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  • Location:Seattle, Washington
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Seattle Locks Cruise

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

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.

patricia l M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our trip was wonderful we have a great time. Thank You for a wonderful city.

Stephen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

cruise thru lake, locks, Puget Sound and bay. Great views.

Jean B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour is fun and also educational. A MUST for first time Seattle visitors. Not too long, not too short.

William C G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great cruise and very informative

Arthur D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a very interesting experience. I had never seen how the locks worked so I was very intent on watching this. The rest of the tour around Seattle was also very nice.

Judy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

the tour guide Andrew was a virtual wealth of information and so fun! We had a marvelous time .I have lived in Seattle and last took an Argosy tour to Blake Island in the mid 70s so this was amazing to take my Canadian family out and here so many factors about the area i didn't know. I would highly recommend this tour again.
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Sharon B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour of the locks in Seattle was excellent. The boat left on time and the staff members were very professional, helpful, and funny. The young woman who narrated the tour was informative, articulate, and funny. The captain provided excellent information about the locks themselves. We didn't realize that we would be transported by bus at the end of the tour back to the pier in Seattle, but everything was organized perfectly and we were back at the waterfront in less than 30 minutes.

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