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 54 on the Seattle waterfront, through the Ballard Locks and then into Lake Union.
“We get to go through Elliott Bay, see the city skyline and then we get to go out further into Puget Sound,” said Argosy crew member Samantha Kelly. “We get to see the beautiful mountains, the islands, and a lot of the natural beauty of the area.”
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,” passenger Kris Lafata said. “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.
But just because the cruise is over, doesn’t mean your day has to be. Argosy Cruises Locks Tour 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,” Lafata said.
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.