Free Scheduled Public Tours:
School Educational Tours:
Free Public Scheduled Walking Tours start at the Visitor Center and last about an hour. You can join a tour anytime, no registrations is required. If your group is larger than 10 people, we suggest you contact the visitor center to be sure you can be accomodated.
School group tours must be scheduled through the visitor center at least a month in advance. Otherwise, groups under 10 can just join the Free Scheduled Public Tours, when available. To arrange for a school tour:
Parking for school or tour buses is available on the main street outside the North Entrance and at the South Entrance Parking Area near Commodore Park.
Donation-Based Custom Tours, led by subject matter experts, include all areas and aspects of the facility including Engineering, Maintenance, History and the Carl S. English Gardens. Meet the people who keep the Locks working. To inquire about Custom VIP & Private Group Tours, fill out the Email Inquiries: form on the Contact Page.
Custom VIP & Private Group Tours:
The Locks are impressive when seen from the water. We recommend either Argosy Cruises or Ballard Kayaks...Proud Supporters of the Locks.
Monday through Friday 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Thursday through Monday 2:00 pm, except no free tours Dec. Jan. & Feb.
Call (206) 783-7059 or