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Locks Cruise

2020 Prices*
Locks Cruise
Adult (13+)$43
Senior (65+)$41
Youth (4-12)$22
Kid (3 and under)Free

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.

We are excited to welcome you back to the Locks Cruise on June 26th! This season we are uniting Seattle on the water and Cruising for the Community. For a limited time, we are offering Washington residents 25% off cruises through July 31, 2020. Exclusions apply, learn more.

We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, guests and communities. Find out what safety measures we are implementing on all public cruises here. 

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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

COVID-19 is changing the way all of us do business, which is why we have made the decision to eliminate our Locks Cruise with Transportation option, making the tour a one-way experience. Learn more

Know before you go


Find out how to get to and from your one-way Locks Cruise. More Info

Read our recommended pre- and post-cruise activities or check out the blog for even more inspo on the Waterfront and South Lake Union

View & purchase digital boarding photos

Have a group of 20 or more? Book a group tour and save

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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
2020 Prices*
Locks Cruise
Adult (13+)$43
Senior (65+)$41
Youth (4-12)$22
Kid (3 and under)Free
*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.


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


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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