Seattle Locks Cruise - One-Way Tour

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Seattle Locks Cruise One way Stay and Play

From USD 59.54

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Offered in: English


Pass through the renowned Ballard Locks and learn about the complex system on a cruise that transports you between the freshwater of Lake Union and the saltwater of Puget Sound. The one-way cruise can be used as transportation, making it ideal for travelers who want to avoid traffic and enjoy a unique journey from the Seattle waterfront to the AGC Marina on South Lake Union (or vice versa).
  • Take a one-way cruise through the Ballard Locks
  • Pass by the floating community from the movie Sleepless in Seattle
  • Get details about the sights through live onboard commentary
  • Take photos of the Seattle skyline from the water

What's Included

  • 2 hour narrated boat tour through the Ballard Locks
  • Live commentary on board
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase on board)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase on board)
  • Gratuities

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What To Expect

Lake Union (Pass By)

Lake Union Drydock Co (Pass By)

Floating Homes Association (Pass By)

Gas Works Park (Pass By)

Fremont Bridge (Pass By)

Ship Canal Trail (Pass By)

Fishermen's Terminal (Pass By)

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Pass By)

Discovery Park (Pass By)

Puget Sound (Pass By)

Space Needle (Pass By)

Argosy Cruises - Seattle Waterfront (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • TWO DEPARTURE OPTIONS - This is a one-way tour that starts & ends at two different central Seattle marinas. Choose to depart from Pier 54 on the waterfront or from AGC Marina on Lake Union. The departure location is noted in the subtitle of the tour. If unsure - please call Argosy Cruises
  • Kids (3 and under) ride free but do require a boarding pass
  • Stroller accessible
  • All vessels offer both indoor & outdoor seating
  • All vessels have bathrooms
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Wheelchair accessible. PLEASE CALL in advance to secure crew/boarding support.
  • Check-in 30 minutes prior to tour - Boarding starting 20 minutes prior to departure
  • Gates close 5 minutes prior to tour departure time for boat preparation and safety checks
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 135 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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We live in the area and try to take our visitors to this excursion. Narration was excellent. We took our teen age grandson on cruise and he was excited hearing about Seattle and its history. Crew was great, interactive, thoughtful and friendly. Highly recommended.


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Don't miss this tour.
Allan_A, Sept 2023
Great cruise to see Seattle. View of the city was great. Stop at Elliotts Oyster house after the tour for great Oysters.
Take the tour!!
Larry_V, Sept 2023
Wonderful event! Have taken water tours before. This one was in the top 10%! ………………………………………… ………… …….. ..
A beautiful day on the water.
Larry_Z, Sept 2023
Very interesting and informative narrations. I am a long time Seattle resident and learned a lot. The boat was comfortable (not crowded). All the crew was friendly.
Locks Cruise
Rhonda_P, Aug 2023
Great background info from the crew on the tour. Informative and fun from the ticket agent to the boat crew.
Argosy Tour
Terri_K, Aug 2023
We had a great cruise, fun and informative. Our guide was great as was the boat. We'll definitely recommend this to our friends
I enjoyed watching, listening and taking a video and pictures.
Josefina_G, Aug 2023
Was a good experience. I love it 👍❤️ I will bring my family next time. Two hours of cruising is worth it.
Great way to spend the afternoon in Seattle
Greta_J, Aug 2023
Really enjoyed this trip. The guide was excellent and loved the locks. Good choice of food and drinks at the bar
Loved it
Kimberly_C, Aug 2023
Lars was a great guide and pointed out many points of interest around the Seattle waterways and gave some history. Very much enjoyed this excursion.
Great tour
Liz_H, Aug 2023
Sean, the narrator, did great job sharing interesting information on the tour. Going through the locks was also interesting.
Great Bay and locks tour
Sandra_L, Aug 2023
Great experience. Martin our guide was excellent. He explained everything very well. Great way to see the city from another angle. Love the locks experience. We recommend this tour.
Shouldn’t be missed
Steven_B, Aug 2023
We live in the area and try to take our visitors to this excursion. Narration was excellent. We took our teen age grandson on cruise and he was excited hearing about Seattle and its history. Crew was great, interactive, thoughtful and friendly. Highly recommended.
Trip narrative.
alan_b, Aug 2023
The young man’s narrative along the trip was informative yet natural enough to give us the feeling we were listening to a friend.
Best Cruise of Seattle Lake Union Plus Harbor
Larry_K, July 2023
This is the only way to see and understand the totality of Seattle's history on the water. The locks are fascinating but so too was the cruise up Lake Union. Excellent narration, perfect boat.
great ferry bosat ride thru locks from fresh water to puget sound
john_d, July 2023
going thru LOCKS n seeing the beauty of seattle freom fresh water to the puget sound1 beautiful! very memorable
Sunny cruise with locks.
Susan_S, July 2023
Lars was really good describing the sights. After our Panama Canal cruise going thru the Ballard locks was really interesting.
Enjoyable and informative
Lisa_H, July 2023
Very interesting tour. You can't get a locks tour everywhere so I suggest you chose this type of tour over a harbor tour if available.
2 Hours Well Spent!
Susan_M, June 2023
Wonderful time. Even our 17 year old granddaughter loved it. Our tour guide, Em, was fabulous. The captain clearly explains the procedure for going through the locks and it was so informative. Not only will you experience going through the lock but learn so much about everything from Seattle to Lake Union. A very enjoyable 2 hours!
Great trip views and info provided was very informative
Lyn_G, June 2023
Visiting Seattle before a cruise so was looking for something a little different Very enjoyable trip
Great tour
Trisha_R, May 2023
We highly recommend the locks cruise. It was educational and fun. Captain Christy and her deck hands were fantastic!
Excellent, sunny, great views, tranquil...
Nelson_M, May 2023
Great exploring views of Seattle. Got to see the locks, sea lions, and build a mental map of Seattle neighborhoods.

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