COVID-19 ADVISORY: All public tours and private charters are suspended through spring 2021.
Transportation service via the Blake Island Fast Ferry will continue through September. Learn More.

Locks Cruise

Due to the evolving uncertainty of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all public tours through spring 2021. Exact reopen date to be announced – check back for more.

We are still operating the Blake Island Fast Ferry, your newest connection to the outdoors! Learn More


Take a ride on the boat elevator

Enjoy the spectacular views and experience the 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 your vessel raises up or lowers, due to the ever-changing tides of Puget Sound.

Your experience includes:

  • One-way trip through the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks
  • 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

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  • 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

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. The Locks Cruise with Transportation always departs from the Seattle Waterfront.

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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