• Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 46.79 View price calendar

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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

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. 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

MUST DO in Seattle! Indoor seating on boat perfect for colder weather. Beautiful views of Seattle and experience of the Locks!

Raven C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great tour. I just came from Seattle and it was nice and wintry outside. That fresh air combined with the beautiful sites along with learning about the Seattle culture was an awesome experience. I'd recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area!

George T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great way to spend part of an afternoon. We really enjoyed this tour! Our guide was very informative and it was a great way to see Seattle. We loved seeing the locks.

Beverly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017


myrle h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

I think the tour was wonderful. Personnel good. Seattle is a beautiful city.

Edward B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Really worth it.....great views ot Seattle and surrounding area from the water


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Of all the tours in Seattle, this is one of the very best. The scenery is spectacular and the guide
is terrific. It was highly educational and the guide could not have been better. There were probably
35-50 people on this boat, but it never seemed like you were crowded, and the length of the tour
was somewhere in the 3 hour range which was perfect. I highly recommend this tour!

Anna D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The Panama Canal is on my bucket list. If I don't make it, I've now done the next best thing! It was so much fun seeing one gate close and the other open. I ran back and forth so as not to miss anything. Good narrative too.

Barbara D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

I took my 2 adult daughters on the Chittenham Locks cruise, 2 1/2 hours of education and entertainment, for our annual Girls Weekend! It was delightful. First of all the Seattle weather was at it's best! The boarding was efficient and on time. Seating was available for everyone on board. The food service was well designed and seemed to go on without a hitch. Cocktails were available making the cruise even more fun. The young woman doing the commentary had a clear voice and was easy to understand. She was extremely well versed in the views of the Seattle waterfront and about the history of the Locks which was celebrating it's 100 year anniversary. Our Captain was entertaining. He added to the uniqueness of the cruise by performing an original song which he had composed for the Centennial Celebration of the Locks. He played it twice...once for us a little early as property owners along the beach called for his performance. The second performance was as we proceeded thru the Locks, entertaining all the weekend Locks watchers!We all agreed it was the highlight of our weekend together.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The ships captain set the tone and was very knowledgable and funny too. She started off with great information and then her first mate took over and WOW. What a fantastic tour. Helpful hints from my experience is to make sure you bring a light jacket or sweater no matter what the temp is, because it will be a little chilly. Additionally, we caught a cab to the harbor where we caught the ship. When the cruise was finished, everyone else got on the bus to take them back to where we started but we just walked across to our hotel Lake Union Courtyard Marriott, which was perfect. I would recommend this tour to everyone. Do not miss it! Loved it.

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