Seattle Locks Cruise

Your Seattle locks cruise departs from Pier 56 on the Seattle Central Waterfront. After hopping on the boat, cruise out along the Ballard Locks, formally the Hiram M Chittenden Locks, built in 1911 to provide a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects to Lake Union and Lake Washington.

What You'll Do

Learn about the complex locks system from the live onboard commentary. You'll be treated with views of the stunning Seattle skyline, Elliot Bay, Puget Sound, Lake Union, Lake Washington, the surrounding mountains and a parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugboats, barges and yachts passing through the locks. Watch as the locks' water levels are adjusted to allow their safe passage, and spot the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between the fresh water and salt water.

You'll also cruise past the iconic floating houseboat community that was featured in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. Take advantage of great photo opportunities here. When you disembark the cruise, you'll be taken back to Pier 56 by coach.

Cancellations & Refunds

All bookings are final. 100% cancellation fee is applied.


Live commentary on board
Local taxes

Departure Point

Pier 55 on the Seattle Central Waterfront

Departure Time



2 hours 30 minutes

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
This cruise must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of your travel date
Confirmation for this cruise will be received at time of booking
Should you need an ADA accessible motor coach, please advise local supplier prior to travel date so that they can arrange for appropriate transportation.


Food and drinks (available for purchase on board)
Gratuities (optional)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point: Pier 55 on the Seattle Central Waterfront

"Great way to spend part..."

November 21, 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.


November 11, 2017 - 


"I think the tour was..."

November 3, 2017 - 

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

"Really worth it.....great views ot..."

October 21, 2017 - 

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

"Of all the tours in..."

October 10, 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!

"The Panama Canal is on..."

October 3, 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.

"I took my 2 adult..."

October 1, 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.

"The ships captain set the..."

October 1, 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.

"Definitely do not miss the..."

September 29, 2017 - 

Definitely do not miss the Chihuly Glass and Gardens

"The Locks cruise was amazing!..."

September 28, 2017 - 

The Locks cruise was amazing! My husband and I had no idea what the locks were all about so it was educational too. Loved seeing the tug boats, yachts and the floating houses. Truly amazing ride.

"Really enjoyed the tour. Going..."

September 23, 2017 - 

Really enjoyed the tour. Going through the Locks was fascinating!

"Nice way to experience the..."

September 22, 2017 - 

Nice way to experience the locks as well as getting to see the community of boat homes. Was a beautiful day and relaxing trip.

"Excellent and informative Seattle waterfront..."

September 21, 2017 - 

Excellent and informative Seattle waterfront tour.

"We completely enjoyed this tour...."

September 15, 2017 - 

We completely enjoyed this tour. Very educational and relaxing.

"Really enjoyed this cruise the..."

September 11, 2017 - 

Really enjoyed this cruise the houses on the water, the marinas, the beautiful views. The locks were very interesting. Highly recommend!

"lovely day. truly enjoyed it...."

September 2, 2017 - 

lovely day. truly enjoyed it.

"Great tour through the locks...."

August 30, 2017 - 

Great tour through the locks. Very informative and interesting information about the city, waterways, and surroundings.

"Wonderful narration about Seattle and..."

August 16, 2017 - 

Wonderful narration about Seattle and current events all during the cruise, saw sealions, learned landmarks, and had the fun of going through the lock. Hint: bring a hat and sunscreen.

"The tour was wonderful, once..."

August 12, 2017 - 

The tour was wonderful, once it started. Ryan, provided some of the most interesting information as we passed each area. He was knowledgeable and I enjoyed listening to what he has to say. Going through the locks was a first for me and my friends. We all enjoyed the experience. I would recommend this cruise to anyone who has never seen how the locks work or just for an enjoyable ride.

"The tour was great! The..."

August 11, 2017 - 

The tour was great! The narration was by a crew member who was very informative and interesting. I would highly recommend this tour, beautiful scenery, great way to find out about Seattle and surrounding area, and very interesting about the Locks!

"We all really enjoyed the..."

August 10, 2017 - 

We all really enjoyed the tour. It was very informative, beautiful sites and relaxing. Took many pictures and learned about the floating houses. Was able to experience the locks and understand how they work. This was a highlight of our vacation with lasting memories.

"Very pleasant ride.. the guide..."

August 7, 2017 - 

Very pleasant ride.. the guide was excellent and shared lots of information. She was easy to hear regardless of where she was on the boat.

"It was a wonderful cruise..."

August 7, 2017 - 

It was a wonderful cruise because of the great views of the city, despite the smoky sky. Traveling through the locks was incredible because it was low tide and we got an added bonus of watching two drawbridges open up for sailboats. I regret not having cash to tip our guide!

"Great experience, the crew was..."

August 6, 2017 - 

Great experience, the crew was very helpful in getting my disabled husband on and off the boat. I recommend this cruise to everyone.

"Took our 11 year old..."

August 4, 2017 - 

Took our 11 year old Grandson on this tour. We all thougholly enjoyed it. It was interesting with Seattle history and current events as well as entertaining. We will do it again with at least 5 more of our Grandbabies as they grow up.

"We had a great time..."

July 24, 2017 - 

We had a great time on our cruise! You need to know that you will be taking a bus at some point. We took the 3:45 cruise...which started with getting on a bus at 3:45, going to Lake Union, and getting on the boat there. The boat returned to the same point that we got on the bus, pier 56. Other cruises start at pier 56, and then you get bused back from Lake Union at the end. If this bugs you, then this is not the cruise for you.

The narration on the cruise was great. We learned a lot and saw interesting things. My kids loved going through the locks. There are cocktails, sodas, and snacks. No full meals, but more than enough for two hour cruise. I think this is totally worth the money. You learn a little, get to ride on a boat, go through the locks when will you ever do that again, and get amazing views of Seattle. Totally worth it.

"The tour was great. I..."

July 5, 2017 - 

The tour was great. I enjoyed the cruise very much. The tour guide was informative. The captain and crew were very helpful.

"Well worth the price of..."

June 30, 2017 - 

Well worth the price of admission. I would suggest picking a summer date and bring a light jacket, it can get chilly.

"Had a great time, didn't..."

June 13, 2017 - 

Had a great time, didn't take an entire day and learned some new history about Seattle

"We had an amazing cruise..."

May 23, 2017 - 

We had an amazing cruise through the Locks and out onto the Sound.

"Well worth the time and..."

May 10, 2017 - 

Well worth the time and the money! I'm so glad I chose to take the 2.5 hour excursion. The locks were so interesting and the scenery was beautiful. The crew did an excellent job explaining about the sights and how the locks work. It was so much more than just another photo op. Well done!

"This was a fantastic cruise..."

May 9, 2017 - 

This was a fantastic cruise and the narrator made it informative and enjoyable. Would highly recommend.

"We really did not know..."

March 17, 2017 - 

We really did not know what to expect and booked this on a whim to give us something to do the first full day of our trip. It was the perfect way to see Seattle and all the beautiful different districts, not to mention fascinating, to go through Ballard Locks. Our tour guide, Samantha, was fabulous - so friendly, approachable, and informative.

"The cruise was terrific. It..."

March 14, 2017 - 

The cruise was terrific. It was well narrated by the host as well as the captain. Informative but also humor added in. Fun way to see so much of Seattle from the water and the Lock was really interesting to see if you haven't seen that before.

"Very interesting tour with lots..."

February 24, 2017 - 

Very interesting tour with lots of sites and history of Seattle. It was a cold and rainy day, but still glad we went. It was interesting to go through the Ballard locks. Tour guide was friendly and informative.

"I enjoyed it!..."

January 24, 2017 - 

I enjoyed it!

"Fantastic tour. The perfect way..."

December 6, 2016 - 

Fantastic tour. The perfect way to see so many amazing sites and learn a ton from a wonderful crew. We would do this again. Don and #39;t miss it!!

"Very knowledgeable guide and friendly..."

October 8, 2016 - 

Very knowledgeable guide and friendly staff.

"locks tour was great but..."

October 7, 2016 - 

locks tour was great but I would not have brought a groupon....price the same!!!

"This tour was very informational..."

September 27, 2016 - 

This tour was very informational and fun. Highly recommended.

"Excellent trip on the Argosy..."

September 25, 2016 - 

Excellent trip on the Argosy cruise boat. Our guide was very informative and pointed out a lot of history as you make your way on the 2 hr cruise. Was awesome to actually go through the lock at Ballard locks!

"Very informative, excellent..."

September 25, 2016 - 

Very informative, excellent

"We really enjoyed this trip...."

September 18, 2016 - 

We really enjoyed this trip. Just the perfect length and the narration was excellent. Even the bus trip back to the Pier was great. The driver was great, and we loved the factual narration of his as well. It really added to the trip. If there were anything I would improve, it would be that the on top seating was really squishy. No room to move or manouvre around. Also, the email instructions that we received as to where to exchange our voucher for tickets, and the pier were incorrect, so we ended up getting dropped off at the wrong place by our taxi and having to walk several blocks.

"Great trip. Learned a lot..."

September 14, 2016 - 

Great trip. Learned a lot about the locks.

"Great tour with on a..."

September 7, 2016 - 

Great tour with on a comfortable boat with a friendly and informative crew. The bartender made us tasty cocktails and I appreciated there was kid friendly options and snack for my son. Loved seeing the lock system so close up and the scenery along the entire trip was spectacular. Nice restrooms and well kept. Will do again and recommend to others.

"The Seattle Locks Cruise was..."

September 2, 2016 - 

The Seattle Locks Cruise was Fantastic! We enjoyed the 2.5 hour narrated tour and going through the locks. The Seattle Skyline is beautiful and we had a perfect view. I would definitely recommend this tour!

"Very interesting with great commentary...."

August 26, 2016 - 

Very interesting with great commentary. We had a wonderful time on the locks tour. Plan to take different tours with this same company next time we are visiting Seattle.

"This is a great way..."

August 24, 2016 - 

This is a great way to get a picture of the layout of the land AND it was very relaxing!

"Wonderful cruise through the locks...."

August 8, 2016 - 

Wonderful cruise through the locks. The crew was professional and very helpful, and the tour guide made the experience fun and informative.

"This was a very interesting..."

August 6, 2016 - 

This was a very interesting trip. We enjoyed the narration provided by the crew.

"We throughly enjoyed this cruise...."

August 2, 2016 - 

We throughly enjoyed this cruise. The Crew member who was our tour guide pointed out a lot of very interesting points. It was a completely different perspective I'm glad I didn't miss.

"Very fun and informative cruise...."

July 26, 2016 - 

Very fun and informative cruise. Beautiful water. Going through the Locks was a fun experience. Narrator did a great job. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

"Entertaining, educational, informative, relaxing, fun!..."

July 23, 2016 - 

Entertaining, educational, informative, relaxing, fun!

"Amazing tour...."

July 22, 2016 - 

Amazing tour.

"Great views of the city...."

July 18, 2016 - 

Great views of the city. Staff was great.

"Awesome and informative tour. Plus..."

July 16, 2016 - 

Awesome and informative tour. Plus we had great weather :

"We had a great time...."

July 16, 2016 - 

We had a great time. Didn't know there were locks in Seattle. Our boat was very comfortable and we could see everything. Getting to the boat from the wharf was a bit of a hassle but the cruise more than made up for the time and round-about drive.

"Wonderful and relaxing tour. Would..."

July 15, 2016 - 

Wonderful and relaxing tour. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone. Informative and interesting.

"This was an unexpected pleasure..."

July 12, 2016 - 

This was an unexpected pleasure ! The guide was very informative as we passed though channels, bay, and back into the harbor! The crew was polite and helpful ! Services on the boat were a bonus! We would consider this adventure again.

"Professional and knowledgeable staff..."

July 11, 2016 - 

Professional and knowledgeable staff

"Great tour, first you take..."

July 10, 2016 - 

Great tour, first you take the bus to another destination and hope on the boat and come back to where you started originally at pier 55/56. Allow 30 mins to find parking, get your tickets and get on the bus. Purchased beer in a glass that you get to keep on the boat and best deal ever for 8. Thanks

"This tour was amazing!..."

July 8, 2016 - 

This tour was amazing!

"Exceptional and leisurely! Incredible views,..."

July 3, 2016 - 

Exceptional and leisurely! Incredible views, and the narration was top-notch!

"This tour was amazing!..."

July 2, 2016 - 

This tour was amazing!

"very enjoyable way to see..."

June 25, 2016 - 

very enjoyable way to see the city from the water and liked going through the locks

"Fabulous. Very interesting and informative...."

June 21, 2016 - 

Fabulous. Very interesting and informative.

"The cruise was exceptional and..."

June 20, 2016 - 

The cruise was exceptional and everyone in my family has enjoyed it very much! We will be going on another one in the near future! Thank you so much to your very talented staff!

"The tour was great! Perfect..."

June 19, 2016 - 

The tour was great! Perfect day, the guide was very good. Everything on time organized clean etc!!!


June 19, 2016 - 


"Un paseo muy interesante por..."

June 15, 2016 - 

Un paseo muy interesante por las esclusas de Seattle, muy buenas vistas de la ciudad, muy recomendado.

"Excellent tour! Staff very friendly..."

June 15, 2016 - 

Excellent tour! Staff very friendly and knowledgable- we learned so much about Seattle we would not have otherwise known. Going through the locks was a new and fun experience too!

"Excellent tour. Enjoyed it immensely...."

June 1, 2016 - 

Excellent tour. Enjoyed it immensely.

"This was a very chill..."

May 30, 2016 - 

This was a very chill way to see the waters around Seattle. The tour guides were great in explaining history, climate, etc... It's something you should do once if you come to the city. Also, the boat serves drinks too, so its a fun pre dinner 2.5 hour cruise.

"Great enjoyed it very much..."

May 24, 2016 - 

Great enjoyed it very much

"This was a fascinating tour...."

April 26, 2016 - 

This was a fascinating tour. Fun and educational, and a nice overview of Seattle. The tour guide, Ariana, was very informed and pleasant.

"The boat that we cruised..."

April 22, 2016 - 

The boat that we cruised on was rather large and could accommodate hundreds of people. However, the boat was only about a quarter filled with people. I found the locks system to be intriguing as there is nothing like this back in Australia. The crew were knowledgeable and spoke about the history of Seattle and its surroundings. Great weather made it even better as the water was calm and the sea breeze once you hit the salt water was amazing.

"Gave a great overview of..."

April 17, 2016 - 

Gave a great overview of the Capitol Hill and sound area of Seattle. Perfect for someone new to the city

"Great tour. We started with..."

April 3, 2016 - 

Great tour. We started with a bus trip to lake Union with a knowledgeable and witty bus driver. The cruise was great. The weather improved so as we entered Puget sound, the sun was shining. The Seattle skyline and the mountains behind were stunning.

"Very informative interesting. We had..."

April 2, 2016 - 

Very informative interesting. We had perfect weather which made a huge difference.

"This tour was amazing! The..."

March 18, 2016 - 

This tour was amazing! The crew was so friendly and accommodating for us. One person in our group used a walker and another used a cane. The crew helped them get on board, and was very attentive to their needs, which made the trip so enjoyable for them. The narrator was informative and engaging the whole trip. I highly recommend this trip, it's a wonderful way to see Seattle.

"Very informative and fun! I..."

November 15, 2015 - 

Very informative and fun! I highly recommend it!

"we had the best time..."

November 2, 2015 - 

we had the best time ever. I strongl feel if you take this trip you will be very happy. well worth the money.

"Great tour the tour guide..."

October 26, 2015 - 

Great tour the tour guide was very informative and it was a great insight into a different part of Seattle that you probably wouldnt see normally. Going through the locks and learning how the system worked was fantastic and the trip out into Pugent sound was just beautiful.

"Our trip was wonderful we..."

October 16, 2015 - 

Our trip was wonderful we have a great time. Thank You for a wonderful city.

"cruise thru lake, locks, Puget..."

October 9, 2015 - 

cruise thru lake, locks, Puget Sound and bay. Great views.

"This tour is fun and..."

October 5, 2015 - 

This tour is fun and also educational. A MUST for first time Seattle visitors. Not too long, not too short.

"Great cruise and very informative..."

September 27, 2015 - 

Great cruise and very informative

"This was a very interesting..."

September 26, 2015 - 

This was a very interesting experience. I had never seen how the locks worked so I was very intent on watching this. The rest of the tour around Seattle was also very nice.

"the tour guide Andrew was..."

September 22, 2015 - 

the tour guide Andrew was a virtual wealth of information and so fun! We had a marvelous time .I have lived in Seattle and last took an Argosy tour to Blake Island in the mid 70s so this was amazing to take my Canadian family out and here so many factors about the area i didn't know. I would highly recommend this tour again.
Judy King

"The tour of the locks..."

September 18, 2015 - 

The tour of the locks in Seattle was excellent. The boat left on time and the staff members were very professional, helpful, and funny. The young woman who narrated the tour was informative, articulate, and funny. The captain provided excellent information about the locks themselves. We didn't realize that we would be transported by bus at the end of the tour back to the pier in Seattle, but everything was organized perfectly and we were back at the waterfront in less than 30 minutes.

"A must do. The shorter..."

September 7, 2015 - 

A must do. The shorter version would not be as interesting or as thorough. The locks cruise is well worth the money. The guide was really interesting and knowledgeable.

"It was a fantastic opportunity..."

September 5, 2015 - 

It was a fantastic opportunity to tour the bay and get great pictures of the city - i would recommended this tour to anyone!

"Probably the highlight of our..."

August 30, 2015 - 

Probably the highlight of our 3 days in Seattle! Such a relaxing cruise with excellent narration and itinerary. So many great photo ops! Would definitely take this tour again!

"Great people to work with..."

August 27, 2015 - 

Great people to work with

"The trip was spectacular and..."

August 22, 2015 - 

The trip was spectacular and our guide and captain were both very knowledgable. What a great way to see Seattle from the water and what an experience going through the locks.

"Very nice and enjoyable. The..."

August 17, 2015 - 

Very nice and enjoyable. The root beer was dynamite also.

"The tour was everything I..."

August 16, 2015 - 

The tour was everything I expected.....well narrated and scenic. It is a good value.

"The Cruise was fantastic. Highly..."

August 7, 2015 - 

The Cruise was fantastic. Highly recommend it!!

Did have some problems understanding that we only got vouchers that we needed to exchange for tickets but that was quickly address by the support crew.


August 6, 2015 - 


"Very enjoyable, perfect weather and..."

August 5, 2015 - 

Very enjoyable, perfect weather and calm seas! Tour guide was superb!!

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