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Locks Cruise

Locks Cruise
Adult$47
Senior (65+)$45
Youth (4-12)$24
Kid (3 and under)Free
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Take a ride on the boat elevator

Venture beyond the Seattle harbor and experience the spectacular transition from salt to fresh water on a Locks Cruise! This fully narrated tour provides you with knowledge, fun facts, and the chance to become the attraction to those on shore as the vessel raises or lowers due to the ever-changing tides of Puget Sound.

Your experience includes:

  • One-way trip through the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks aka the ‘Boat Elevator’
  • Live, full narration with facts about Seattle history and industry
  • Up-close views of large fishing vessels, seaplanes, floating home communities and more
  • Full-service bar on board with cocktails, local wine and beer, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Inspire your pre-/post-cruise adventure with these must-do Seattle activities and restaurants

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Transportation Tips

The Locks Cruise is a one-way trip through the Ballard Locks and ends at a different location than it starts – Pier 54 on the Seattle Waterfront or AGC Marina on Lake Union. Return transportation is not provided, so take advantage of this unique one-way trip to explore new neighborhoods like South Lake Union, Seattle Center, or Downtown Seattle.


Groups of 20 or more: Book a group tour and save

NEW! Trip Protection: Have peace of mind at the time of booking. If you need to rebook for any reason, we will issue a credit for the value of your cruise to book a later date and time with no fees. Credits are valid on all 2021 experiences and available for up to one year after the original cruise date.

Washington state residents: Save $2 on your next visit! Reservations can be made online or in person. A valid, state issued ID must be shown during boarding.

  • Full-service bar – Sip on local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages like mai tais in summer and hot cocoas in winter (Please, no outside drink permitted)
  • Variety of local snacks – Purchase from a menu of delicious pre-packaged sandwiches, salads and snacks (Please, no outside food permitted)
  • Indoor/Outdoor seating – Whether you enjoy the breeze through your hair or like to stay cozy, you have the choice of indoor or outdoor seating
  • Restrooms – All of our vessels are equipped with gender specific, gender neutral or single stall restrooms
  • ADA accessibility – Our crew is trained to help guests with wheelchairs, strollers, scooters, etc. to navigate our docks, vessels and facilities. For specific ADA questions, please call our office at 206.623.1445
Locks Cruise
Adult$47
Senior (65+)$45
Youth (4-12)$24
Kid (3 and under)Free
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*Price is pre-tax and excludes a web transaction fee. Prices are in US Dollars (USD). For a detailed breakdown, visit our Fees Overview page.

DEPARTURE INFORMATION

The Locks Cruise departs from either the Seattle Waterfront or the AGC Marina in South Lake Union. Please check boarding confirmation for boarding location.

Parking Info

Map Legend:

Pink = Cruise Route

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Cruise route is approximate and can change based on each sailing’s weather patterns, vessel traffic, and other non-predictable factors, and based on our experienced captains’ discretion. Seating on board our vessels is first-come, first-served and will begin 20 minutes prior to departure. Vessel available on the day of your sailing may vary.

Before you depart:

1Book your reservations

2E-pass or print at home

3Board your vessel

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