Elliott Bay – Ballard Locks – Lake Union Sightseeing Cruise

1 Day

Elliott Bay – Ballard Locks – Lake Union Sightseeing Cruise. The cruise connects the saltwater of Puget Sound and the freshwater of Lake Union via the Hiram Chittenden Locks.


  • Lake Union
  • Puget Sound
  • Lake Washington Ship Canal
  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
  • Elliot Bay

Elliott Bay – Ballard Locks – Lake Union Sightseeing Cruise

Take in the amazing views and experience on a Locks Cruise the shift from salt to freshwater! Due to the ever-changing tides of Puget Sound, this completely narrated tour offers you information, fun facts, and the opportunity to become the attraction for those onshore as your ship rises or falls.

You will be surrounded by big fishing ships, seaplanes, magnificent town parks, and more between Elliott Bay and Lake Union just outside of Seattle.

Choose YOUR experience:
Boat & Bus Experience (Departs and Ends at Pier 55)
With this experience, your tour will either:
A) Begin aboard our boat at Pier 55 OR
B) Begin by boarding our motor coach partner at Pier 55 to meet our boat in Lake Union.

-Order of Boat & Bus depends on sailing date & time.
-Departs & Returns to Pier 55.
-2 hour, live-narrated one way trip through the Chittenden Locks.
-30 min Bus transportation to or from Pier 55.
-Depending on your booking date and time, you may be riding the coach from Pier 55 to your boarding location, or from your de-boarding location back to Pier 55.

Stay & Play Experience (Departs/Ends Pier 55 OR AGC Marina)
With this experience, your tour will either:
A) Begin aboard our boat at Pier 55 & end at AGC Marina in Lake Union OR
B) Begin aboard our boat at AGC Marina in Lake Union & end at Pier 55.

-Locations listed by time when making your reservation.
-Find your own way to & from the boat, allowing you time to explore!
-2 hour, live-narrated one way trip through the Chittenden Locks.
-Departs from either Pier 55 on the Seattle Waterfront or the AGC Marina in South Lake Union, please check boarding confirmation for boarding location.

Departure times in 2018:

Sept. 4 – Sept. 27
Fri, Sat, Sun: 12:45 (1:15), 3:45 (4:15) *
Mon-Thurs: 12:45 (1:15) *

Sept. 28 – Dec. 31
Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon: 12:45 (1:15) *

Departure times in 2019:

Jan. 1 – Mar. 30
Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon: 12:45, 13:15 (Stay & Play Experience Only)

Mar. 30 – Apr. 26
Daily: 12:45, 13:15 (Stay & Play Experience Only)

Apr. 27 – Sept. 2
Daily: 12:45, 15:45 (Boat & Bus Experience Only), 16:15 (Stay & Play Experience Only)

Sept. 3 – Sept. 26
Fri, Sat, Sun: 12:45, 15:45 (Boat & Bus Experience Only), 16:15 (Stay & Play Experience Only)
Mon-Thurs: 12:45, 13:15 (Stay & Play Experience Only)

Sept. 27 – Dec. 31
Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon: 12:45, 13:15 (Stay & Play Experience Only)

Please note your preferred departure time in the COMMENT SECTION when booking.

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