SEATTLE — From MOHAI and the Center for Wooden Boats to trendy bars and restaurants, Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood has a lot to offer both locals and tourists. Getting there, however, can be a headache. So why not ditch the car for a boat?

Argosy Cruises Locks Tour might be the best way to see and get around the city. The ship leaves from Pier 55 on the Seattle waterfront, through the Ballard Locks and then in to Lake Union.

“We get to go through Elliott Bay, see the city skyline and then we get to go out further into Puget Sound,” says Argosy crew member Samantha Kelly. “We get to see the beautiful mountains, the islands and a lot of the natural beauty of the area.”

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Argosy Cruises Locks Tour allows passengers to see Seattle from the water.
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Narrated by one of Argosy's deckhands, passengers can sit back and take in the city's rich history, while also soaking up the stunning views.

“I think it’s really fun for the kids to experience,” says passenger Kris Lafata. “The kids spend a lot of time in the car, so it’s fun for them to see Seattle from the water.”

The only roadblock on this trip is an uplifting one. The locks act as a huge elevator powered by water. It raises the ship up, taking it from Puget Sound to Lake Union where the tour ends.

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Passengers go through the Ballard Locks with Argosy Cruises.
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But just because the cruise is over, doesn’t mean your day has to be. Argosy Cruises Stay and Play allows you to experience another part of the city – this time on land.

“We decided we wanted to do some activities after we got off the boat,” said Lafata.

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Putt-putt golf at Flatstick Pub in South Lake Union is one activity families can do after getting off the Argosy Cruises Locks Tour.
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She took her family to play putt-putt golf at Flatstick Pub, which is a short walk from Argosy’s dock in South Lake Union. It’s just one of the nearby activities Argosy Cruises recommends to its Stay and Play passengers.

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