Tour Information TOURS

Free Scheduled Public Tours (Wheelchair Accessible):

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:

Donation-Based Custom Tours, led by subject matter experts, include all areas and aspects of the facility including: History of Seattle & the Locks, Engineering / Maintenance, and the Carl S. English Gardens.  Meet the people who keep the Locks working.  To inquire about these unique and personal experiences, fill out the Email Inquiries form on the Contact Page. 
Custom VIP tours require at least 30 days advance notice

Custom VIP & Private Group Tours:

Water-Based Tours:

The Locks are impressive when seen from the water.  We recommend either Argosy Cruises or Ballard Kayaks...Proud Supporters of the Locks.

Bus Parking:

    Monday through Friday 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday  11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Oct. 1 - Apr. 30
(Low Season)

    Thursday thru Monday 2:00 pm, except NO FREE TOURS  DEC, JAN & FEB

Call (206) 783-7059  or


May 1 - Sept. 30
(High Season)

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(Click above for sample VIP TOUR)