Weekend Wanderings: Argosy Locks Cruise

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Whether you are visiting Seattle or you’re a local looking for a fun weekend outing, taking an Argosy Locks Cruise is one of our favorite ways to see the city.

For over 70 years, Argosy Cruises has been part of the fabric of the Northwest. Originally founded as the Spring Street Water Taxi and now operating as Argosy Cruises, the family-owned and Seattle-operated company has become the Northwest’s premier cruise company.

The Locks Cruise offers 120 years of Seattle history in 120 minutes. This one-way trip through the Ballard Locks (aka the ‘Boat Elevator’) is perfect for locals and visitors alike. On this cruise you will explore three Seattle neighborhoods and see seaplanes and floating home communities, including the houseboat from Sleepless in Seattle! All while enjoying the full-service bar with cocktails, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks for purchase.

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The two hour tour is fully narrated and provides passengers with insider knowledge and fun facts about Seattle’s history. You’ll cruise past the Space Needle, Olympic Sculpture Park, Gas Works Park, and many other iconic Seattle spots.

There are some new offerings in 2022 including the Washington Resident Discount, where you can get $4 off each ticket if you show proof of Washington residency. There is also now a “First to Board” experience, with perks that include an exclusive waiting to board area, first pick with seating, and no lines at the bar.  Guests who purchase this ticket will receive 15% off drinks during their whole sailing and 20% off a trip on the Locks Cruise.  This upgrade is perfect during the busier summer months, especially sunny weekends where it may be a full boat! 

The Locks Cruise departs from either the Seattle Waterfront, or the AGC Marina in South Lake Union. Admission is free for children under the age of three, $25 for those ages 4-12, $46 for those ages 65+, and $49 for adults. There is also an option to add on a return bus ticket for $10 and head back to your original spot when the cruise is over.

Book your ride here.

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