Seattle Locks Cruise in Seattle, WA

Argosy Cruises1101 Alaskan WaySeattle, WA 98101
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Travel through the Ballard Locks into Lake Union for an amazing sight-seeing adventure! With live narration from your captain, you will learn about Seattle's historic waterfront. Along the way, you will see photo-worthy views and wondrous marine life who call the inlets home.

up to 2 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Seattle Travel Experts
  • Live narration.
  • Family-friendly.
  • Cruise duration: 2 hours.
  • One way cruise through the Ballard Locks.
  • Seating onboard our vessels is first-come, first-served, and will begin 20 minutes before departure.


from Seattle Locks Cruise
Enjoy the spectacular views and experience the transition from salt to freshwater on this 2-hour cruise. This fully narrated tour provides you with knowledge, fun facts, and the chance to become the attraction to those onshore as our vessel raises or lowers, due to the ever-changing tides of Puget Sound. Between Elliott Bay and Lake Union, you’ll be surrounded by large fishing vessels, seaplanes, and more.

IMPORTANT: This is a one way cruise that starts and ends at two different centrally located Seattle marinas.
(1) Depart Pier 54/Seattle waterfront and end at South Lake Union/AGC or (2) Depart South Lake Union/AGC Marina and end at Seattle waterfront/AGC Marina

CHECK YOUR DEPARTURE LOCATION: Make sure to check your ticket/booking for your specific departure location.

  • Live narration.
  • Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks.
  • Seattle skyline.
  • Gas Works Park (Location in the movie “10 Things I Hate About You”)
  • Kenmore Sea Planes
  • Floating homes & houseboats.
  • Historical bridges, including the Fremont & Ballard bridges.

Onboard Amenities
  • Full-service bar (no outside drink permitted).
  • Variety of local snacks, salads, and pre-packaged sandwiches available for purchase (no outside food permitted).
  • Indoor seating/Outdoor space.
  • Restrooms.
  • ADA accessibility – The ship's crew is trained to help guests with wheelchairs, strollers, scooters, etc. to navigate our docks, vessels and facilities.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Seattle Locks Cruise

What should I wear?

Our docks and vessels do move around on the water, so we recommend our guests wear low or no heels when joining us. We also recommend having a coat or light jacket should you want to stroll the outer decks of our vessels.

Where do we depart?

With this experience, you will start at Pier 55 or AGC Marina and end in a new location.

Is the cruise appropriate for children?

Yes, this cruise is family friendly.

Is the cruise wheelchair accessible?

Our crew is trained to help guests navigate both our docks and our vessels and are prepared to assist.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, great photo opportunities!

How long is the cruise?

Approximately 2 hours.

Can I bring my food/beverages? Coolers permitted?

There is no outside food or beverages allowed onboard. There are snacks, alcoholic, and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

Can I bring my pet?

Due to our various food preparation permits, we are unable to invite pets onboard with the exception of service animals. If you bring a service animal, you may be asked: Is the animal required because of a disability? This is a yes or no question. You are not required to, nor can you be asked to disclose the nature or details of the disability. If the animal is not required because of a disability, then it will not be permitted. What is the nature of the work or task(s) that the animal is trained to perform? This question will not be asked if the nature of the work or task is readily apparent, such as a Seeing Eye dog. If the animal is not trained to perform specific work or tasks to assist the individual because of a disability, then it will not be permitted.

What is the smoking policy?

Per Washington State law, all of our vessels are non-smoking and non-vaping, including on the outer decks.

Do you sail in inclement weather?

Absolutely. Our ships are fully enclosed and climate-controlled for your comfort. We sail rain or shine all year long. Captains may adjust routes to best manage conditions during sailing.

Will I get seasick?

It is highly unlikely. Our boats sail in the calm waters of the inner harbor of Elliott Bay as well as the protected waters of Lake Union and Lake Washington. We do not go out into open ocean water. Weather conditions and the wakes of large vessels can move our boats about, something which our captains are prepared to accommodate for during sailings