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Seattle Ballard Locks, Gas Works Park and Houseboats Tour

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Let's explore the busiest locks in the nation, the Hiram Chittenden Locks! We will watch boats "lock through" and watch for baby salmon (smolts) going out to sea, and adults returning to navigate the fish ladder on their way home to spawn. The resident harbor seals and herons are always fun to watch too! We will learn how this critical component of our maritime industry and history transformed Seattle, and its role in managing our freshwater lake systems. Then we're off to Gas Works to learn about this one-of-a-kind park, where we will see float planes taking off and landing, and enjoy stunning views of the city. Finally we will visit to the houseboat communities along Lake Union, a uniquely Seattle experience! NOTE: this is a driving/walking tour, proof of vaccination is required for all tours.

Kids aged 8 and up are welcome, as I do not have car seats for younger ones.

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August 5, 2021
Don’t hesitate! Do this tour. Our favorite of the week! We’ve been on several different tours over the last week and Lynn was by far the best tour guide we’ve had. She was well versed in the area and goes at a great pace. She was attentive to our questions and had so much helpful and interesting information. She was patient with my mother who has a disability and my daughter who wanted to spend some extra time at the playground at Gas Works Park. Her car was spotless and she was respectful of our wishes regarding Covid mitigation. Most of all she made the tour fun for US! She is enthusiastic and makes you feel special. Thanks Lynn for a great tour!
July 25, 2021
The Seattle Ballard locks tour was so interesting. Lynn explained in detail how the locks work and the history of how they came to be. We saw the salmon climbing the ladders to continue on their journey. We learned all about the salmon and their long road they must take to lay their eggs. We had some great coffee to. This tour was so educational and fun.
November 12, 2019
This was a fun tour that included not only the Ballard Locks, Gas Works Park, and Union Lake's houseboats, but a glimpse of native America artifacts at Ivar's and seaplanes landing (and docking) on the lake. Great time with a knowledgeable guide who is willing to tailor the experience to the tour group. Recommended!
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About This Deal

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Stop At: Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107-4213

We will explore the Locks and learn how they work, and watch ships "lock through". We will learn about their role in maintaining the level of Lake Washington and how they transformed Seattle's maritime industry. We will look for smolts (baby salmon) on the spillway heading out to sea and adult salmon coming back through the fish ladder. The resident harbor seals and herons are fat and happy this time of year!

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Gas Works Park, 3300 Meridian Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103-9150

This one of a kind park was an inspired creation that took a heavy industrial site and transformed it into one of Seattle's favorite parks, with fabulous views across Lake Union to downtown and the Space Needle! Along the way we will learn the history of this iconic piece of old Seattle that still survives.

On our way back downtown, we will cruise by the houseboat community along Lake Union, a uniquely Seattle experience!

Duration: 1 hour

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for this tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 3 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • I am fully vaccinated as of May 22, 2021!
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea

Departure Point
Macrina Bakery & Cafe, 2408 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA

Departure Time
2:00 PM

3 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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