Seattle boat tours are a great way to see the city and offer more access that you might think. Located between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, and surrounding Lake Union, water is all around the city, and there is a great deal to see from this perspective. Departing from the waterfront, Seattle harbor tours acquaint guests with Elliott Bay, including the Seattle skyline, Seattle's shipyard, the original landing spot of the Denny Party, and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Seattle harbor tours are fully narrated cruise lasts one hour. Tickets are also available to combine this tour with admission to the Seattle Aquarium for a discounted price.
If you'd like to explore farther than Seattle harbor tours, consider a locks or lake cruise. The two-and-a-half hour locks tour departs from the Seattle waterfront and cruises through the fascinating Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and into Lake Union. The lake cruise departs from Lake Union, cruises through the Lake Washington Shipping Canal and into Lake Washington. On both these narrated Seattle boat tours, see the houseboat from Sleepless in Seattle, Gas Works Park, and a new view of the Seattle skyline with the Space Needle standing proudly over the lake.
If you're looking for something more relaxed than a narrated cruise, try a dinner cruise. Full meals are elegantly served so diners can enjoy the scenery on these relaxed cruises. Some dinner cruises are themed, such as the popular murder mystery cruise, complete with actors and a “whodunit” puzzle to solve.
It’s also possible to explore the Native American history of the Seattle area with a cruise to Tillicum Village. This four-hour experience is one of the most popular Seattle boat tours. After a cruise across Elliott Bay to Blake Island, guests are treated to an authentic salmon bake with meals prepared on outdoor alder wood fires. After the meal, guests are given time to wander the grounds, explore the longhouse or shop in the gift shop.
Some Seattle boat tours venture far beyond the city limits. Take a Washington State Ferry across the Puget Sound to join a tour of the Kitsap Peninsula. Board a small craft headed to the stunning San Juan Islands for whale watching. Visitors to Seattle can even spend a day in a different country. The Victoria Clipper joins two international cities in a short boat ride, carrying passengers from the Seattle waterfront to the picturesque Canadian port town of Victoria, British Columbia, in only three hours.