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Seattle Locks Cruise

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From US$46.79
  • 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
Seattle Locks Cruise
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12:45pm DepartureMost Popular
Departs at 12:45pm
3:45pm Departure
Tour departs at 3:45pm
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.
What to Expect
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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1 - 5 of 27 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Worth it, but the lines- Oy!

Booked the locks cruise for a Saturday afternoon. We were advised to get in like 45 min before the launch time. We did- and after standing in a crowded line with the sun beating down with no seats or shade, we were then ushered into...More

2  Thank Cady J
Reviewed 5 days ago
Fantastic experience! Very interesting.

Learned a lot on how Seattle's lock system works. Most entertaining commentary too. Light-hearted, funny and educational all in one. Well worth the money.

1  Thank OnTheRoadAgain1960
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Nice Cruise Around the Bay

There was a cruise ticket in my Seattle City Pass book, I opted to upgrade to the locks cruise. It was narrated by one of the captains/bartenders (forgot his name). He was very knowledgeable about the area. I enjoyed it a great deal.

1  Thank JANUARY S
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great for all ages

Beautiful views and interesting commentary. Took our grandkids, 9 & 11, and they were thoroughly entertained the entire time. They were very interested in the locks operation. We had visited the locks museum last year and they were thrilled to transit the locks by boat....More

Thank mikeandlindaSeattle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DO it

Great time. Ride a boat have a beer. Tour guide very knowledgeable and friendly. Had a wonderful time. Did the 1st night and glad of it. Guide had many suggestions of things to do and see.

Thank Kyla C
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Denise D
13 August 2018|
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Response from P3261PGjosephr | Reviewed this property |
Nope, you're good to go!
Parisa A
19 July 2018|
Response from 723tami |
Do they have bathrooms on the ship?
Kay C
18 July 2018|
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Response from P3261PGjosephr | Reviewed this property |
Garages are nearby. I walked from my downtown hotel to Pier 55.
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