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Seattle Locks Cruise with Transportation

Seattle Locks Cruise with Transportation

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Seattle, United States
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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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.
  • 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
  • Pass the floating houseboat community from Sleepless in Seattle

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Learn more about Seattle and the locks with another perspective of the city.
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Boat & Bus Round-trip Package - Includes the one-way cruise + a motor coach transfer to/from Pier 55
Live Narration on board the Argosy boat only. No guide or commentary on coach transfer
Local sales taxes
Food and drinks (available for purchase on board)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase on board)
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure Point

1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Argosy Cruises Main Marina Location on the Seattle waterfront Pier 55 - 1101 Alaskan Way Seattle 98101 Phone 206 623-1445

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Pass By:  
Lake Union Park
Lake Union
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Pass under the Fremont Bridge
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Ship Canal Trail
Shipping canal
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Go through the Ballard Locks
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Discovery Park
Pass Magnolia Neighborhood and Discovery Park
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Seattle Waterfront
Seattle skyline
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Argosy Cruises - Seattle Waterfront
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this cruise will be received at time of booking
  • This cruise must be booked at least 48 hours in advance of your travel date
  • Limited space based on final motor coach capacity
  • Should you need an ADA accessible motor coach, please advise Argosy Cruises prior to travel date so that they can arrange for appropriate transportation.
  • Kids (3 and under) ride free - But do require a boarding pass
  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • All vessels offer both indoor & outdoor seating
  • All vessels have bathrooms
  • General boarding starts 30 minutes prior to the tour time
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Argosy Cruises
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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Traveler Tips

  • "The boat serve snacks and drinks for purchase, including some well needed icecream for that hot day!" See review
  • "One note, the boarding ramp is very steep in the afternoon due to low tide." See review


310 Reviews

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Totally worth it
, Feb 2020
Totally worth it! The tour circum navigates the Seattle waterfront and provides a rich overview of Seattle and surrounding areas.
Love Argosy
, Dec 2019
Love the cruise. Love the narration. Loved Alex. 3rd cruise. Will take another. I appreciate the great personalities that work with Argosy
, Nov 2019
Tour was very cool and saw sites we had never seen before. Locks were very cool. Tour guide was amazing
Locks Cruise
, Oct 2019
The bus ride was a half hour before arriving to the boat. I wish the acutal bus ride was informative about the the town of Seattle as we drove thru the town. Once we got on the boat, the narration was wonderful. Extremely informative and felt worth every dollar.
Perfect afternoon
, Oct 2019
We lucked out with a sunny clear day so it made the trip even better. The ship was easy to board and left right on time. The crew were friendly and informative. Billy was the narrator and did an excellent job. The tour was very interesting and gave many opportunities for great photos.
, Oct 2019
We took the bus to the boat and boarded. There were plenty of seats - inside and outside. But going through the locks was incredible. The views were close up and nice but I had never gone through a lock. Fantastic.
Big Boat, lots of people
, Oct 2019
Enjjoyed the scenery but did not see any salmon ladders or fish jumping and actually the boat was just too large for me. Enjoy smaller group experincees more.
Wonderful afternoon on the water!
Rolinda C
, Sep 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed the Sound and Locks cruise - the tour guide was very informative and we lucked out with great sunny weather. And the refreshing huckleberry vodka cocktail was very tasty!
Highlight of our trip
Carol G
, Sep 2019
This tour was awesome. We learned so much and enjoyed seeing all the sights. The day was beautiful with tons of sunshine! We are seniors, but I know the kids would enjoy this also.
Great Tour
Karen H
, Sep 2019
Great tour guide. He was knowledgeable and passionate. We had a great day and would recommend this tour to others.

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