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Itinerary
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.
Locations visited
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Lake Union
Lake Washington
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Overview
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, 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
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Great tour in Seattle

Very informative tour of Seattle and the Ballard Locks. Kevin was very knowledgeable, having been from Seattle. We actually got to see the weighted drawbridge open for a sailboat, harbor seals in the sound before the locks, as well as houseboats, tugs and float planes....More

Thank SheriG201
Reviewed 6 days ago
Great Trip!

This is a great way to see Seattle and learn about the city as well as the operation of the locks. Great afternoon!

Thank Faith V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Such a nice cruise

We chose the locks cruise. Although the locks we're facinating to watch, the whole cruise was so great. The captain and staff were good and gave us all great information about Seattle, the water ways, locks procedures, etc.

Thank rosearleigh
Reviewed 1 week ago
Must See For First Time Seattle Visit

Traveled recently to visit my grown son who was in Seattle for PAX. While he was in the area he wanted to introduce me to one of his favorite cities. I did a bit of research to see what was available near our hotel besides...More

1  Thank Tiffany A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Lovely Boat Ride

Great experience on the boat with a knowledgeable tour guide. We enjoyed cocktails along the way, and the lock process was very cool! Awesome views of the city!

2  Thank Bridget B
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rajuis
2 September 2018|
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Response from P3261PGjosephr | Reviewed this property |
Agreed, go to the locks on your own to see this.
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rajuis
2 September 2018|
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Response from Frommy | Reviewed this property |
You can only be guided on the 2018 schedule which you can see to the right of the Argosy home page. Links cannot be atached so just Google Argosy locks cruise and make sure you only select the URL for argosycruises.
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Denise D
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Nope, you're good to go!
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