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, includes 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, use the Email form on the Contact Page.
Custom VIP tours require at least 30 days advance notice
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.
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Tour availability varies by season and Covid restrictions.
Call visitor center for updates. 206-783-7059