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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.

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

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

pkatdoug

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is a great way to get a picture of the layout of the land AND it was very relaxing!

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful cruise through the locks. The crew was professional and very helpful, and the tour guide made the experience fun and informative.

Yvonne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a very interesting trip. We enjoyed the narration provided by the crew.

gayle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We throughly enjoyed this cruise. The Crew member who was our tour guide pointed out a lot of very interesting points. It was a completely different perspective I'm glad I didn't miss.

Liz H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Entertaining, educational, informative, relaxing, fun!

John V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very fun and informative cruise. Beautiful water. Going through the Locks was a fun experience. Narrator did a great job. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Karen V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing tour.

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great views of the city. Staff was great.

Dwain R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time. Didn't know there were locks in Seattle. Our boat was very comfortable and we could see everything. Getting to the boat from the wharf was a bit of a hassle but the cruise more than made up for the time and round-about drive.

Diana F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Awesome and informative tour. Plus we had great weather :

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