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Seattle’s 10 Best Boat Tours for Unmatched Views and Unforgettable Adventures

One of the most unique things about Seattle is its abundance of waterways. Besides its direct connection to the Pacific Ocean, Seattle is surrounded by a bounty of lakes, bays, and islands to explore via ferry, cruise, or boat tour .

With so much to explore, it can be hard to narrow down the best places and ways to see the beauty Seattle has to offer. Below is a list of 10 of the best boat tours and cruises that simultaneously allow guests to take in the views of Seattle’s waters while having a unique and fun time with family and friends.

The 10 Best Boat Tours from Seattle

Here are 10 of our favorite boat tours from Seattle:

  • Argosy Cruises : The biggest fleet in the Pacific Northwest
  • Boat Tours Seattle : Unique boats available for rental
  • Sailing Seattle : 70-foot sailboat rides with a view of downtown
  • Seattle’s Tall Ship : Going even bigger! An 85-foot boat that gives tours of Elliott Bay
  • Soundview Sunset Cruises : Morning, mid-day, and afternoon cruises of Union Bay and beyond. Soundview has tons of options for seeing Seattle from the water.
  • Emerald City Pirates : Pirate-themed cruises!
  • Waterways Cruises And Events: Dinner and drink pairing cruises and more
  • Seattle Water Tours : Seasonal ice cream cruises
  • Steamer Virginia V Cruises : Cruise aboard a historic landmark
  • Lake Union Charters & Adventures: Ride a 1926 schooner

1. Argosy Cruises

Argosy Boat in Seattle

One of the longest-running boat cruises available in the Seattle area, Argosy Cruises offers cruise tours that explore the beauty and history of the city of Seattle, complete with a full-service bar. Argosy Cruises also boasts the largest fleet in the Pacific Northwest , which in combination with their 70 years of service makes them one of the most trustworthy cruise companies in the state.

Argosy Cruises offers a 1-hour Harbor Cruise and 2-hour Locks Cruise option for passengers to choose from. Their boats can also be reserved for corporate events as well as weddings. Additionally, they also have happy hour cruises that combine the stellar views with tasty drinks and special sales for holidays like the 4th of July.

2. Boat Tours Seattle

Metlite

With a unique fleet where every boat is different, Boat Tours of Seattle i s spearheaded by a group of United States Coast Guard Captains who are dedicated to using their skills to provide some of the safest and most enjoyable experiences on the water. From 2 hour tours to overnight adventures, Boat Tours Seattle is one of the most unique boat tours available in Seattle.

Each boat has its own special features and pricing. From smaller motor boats to full-blown sail boats, passengers can pick and choose their type of tour and the setting. Boat Tours Seattle has multiple tour packages as well, including rent-by-the-hour tours, special event tours, and overnight adventures. Check out the picture above, which shows their Metlite Boat. As you can tell, it’s a pretty unique experience!

3. Sailing Seattle

Sailboat off Seattle

Featured in National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler , Trip Advisor, and more, Sailing Seattle is a sailing-themed boat tour company that allows passengers to enjoy a sailing experience without having to steer or be involved in a guided tour. Hop aboard one of their two 70-foot sailing yachts and enjoy the views without any worries. Each boat is complete with a seating area on the deck, bench seating, and restrooms that guests can utilize while they explore Elliott Bay.

Sailing Seattle is an all-ages experience, including children and infants. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks as well, including alcohol. Passengers can even learn to help sail the boat by simply asking the deckhand or captain, who will then provide instructions. Each route aboard one of their yachts is unique as their routes are determined by wind direction and boat traffic that day. 

4. Seattle’s Tall Ship

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Offering 3 public sailing tours every day, Seattle’s Tall Ship runs all of its tours aboard the Bay Lady, an 85-foot tall sailing ship that currently resides in Elliott Bay. The ship is equipped with bathrooms, a drink and snack bar, and outdoor seating for guests. Apart from their daily tours, Seattle’s Tall Ship also has private charter tours and sunset sailing tours. 

Run by a skilled captain and crew, guests do not have to worry about steering when aboard the Bay Lady. Guests of all ages are welcome to enjoy one of their daily 2-hour tours or partake in an evening sunset tour complete with delicious drinks. The Bay Lady is available for reservation for private events for up to 6 hours at a time for events like weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, and much more.

5. Soundview Sunset Cruises

Husky Stadium at Dusk

Here’s a great choice for boating options! Want to cruise to a University of Washington football game and “sailgate” ( that’s tailgating on a sailboat )? Well, Soundview has sailgate cruises.

They have mansion cruises, morning cruises, mid-day cruises, afternoon cruises, and much more.

Home of the yacht known as Rainbird, Soundview Sunset Cruises showcases the views, landmarks, and history of Lake Union in addition to Portage Bay, Lake Washington, and Seattle Locks. Most famous for their sunset cruise views, they also have morning, mid-day, and afternoon cruises so passengers can enjoy Seattle in all of its beautiful and scenic forms.

In addition to their daily cruises, Soundview Sunset Cruises has holiday cruises, UW sailgate cruises for sporting events, and custom cruises. They even have a boat tour showcasing some of Seattle’s gorgeous mansions. Custom tours can refine their route for specific locations or special occasions. Passengers can also add things to their tour package, such as drinks.

6. Emerald City Pirates

Emerald City Pirates

One of the most unique water experiences available in Seattle comes in the form of a fully interactive pirate-themed ship. Known as the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship is the home of themed boat tours of the area, treasure hunts for families, and adult only parties, all complete with pirate flags and costumed crew.

Emerald City Pirates is for all ages, even babies. Dogs under 25 pounds are also allowed on board provided they are well-behaved. All tours come with snacks, water, soft drinks, beer, and cider for sale, as well as a ship store full of hats, swords, eyepatches, and more. Passengers can join tours without reservations, but for events like birthday parties or other private boat charters, it is best to make reservations ahead of time. Party cruises can be booked for either families or adults only.

7. Waterways Cruises And Events

Blue Angels

From dinner and drink pairing cruises to private events and holiday tours, Waterways Cruises And Events has a boat tour for every occasion. They regularly offer dinner cruises, weekend brunch cruises, and Sunday dinner buffet cruises. All of these cruises are complete with either a buffet or a plated dinner with roughly 2 hours of time on the water, making it a fabulous way to take in the views while spending time with friends or loved ones.

In addition to their regularly hosted tours, there is no shortage of special cruises throughout the year. Holidays like the 4th of July and Father’s Day come with special pricing, events, and food, from brunches and dinners to party cruises. They also have karaoke night cruises and drag brunches for Pride Month and miscellaneous special tasting events for breweries, chocolate and wine pairings, and spirits sampling.

If you’re looking for something to do during Seafair (held in early August), Waterways Cruises is a top option.

8. Seattle Water Tours

Ice Cream in Waffle Cones

Known for their seasonal summer ice cream cruises, Seattle Water Tours takes passengers to historic sites on Lake Union aboard the Fremont Avenue. Throughout the year they offer special event cruises for holidays, sports events, and more. Guests can book the Fremont Avenue for private charters for birthdays, weddings, corporate events, and more.

Seattle Water Tours’ Sunday Ice Cream Cruise is their most popular cruise, which runs from March through October. They also offer it on Saturdays from June to August. Each ice cream cruise is walk-ons only with no reservations or advance tickets available. Every cruise hosts up to 42 passengers and serves ice cream while showcasing local landmarks and history, such as the Boeing Company, a 100-year-old shipyard, the busiest drawbridge in the world, and more.

9. Steamer Virginia V Cruises

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As the name implies, the Steamer Virginia V Cruises is a historic boat tour aboard the Steamer Virginia V, which is a nearly 100-year-old steam-powered wooden ship. These tours simultaneously serve as a great way for passengers to explore the local area and to learn more about maritime history. It is also a great way to keep one of the most iconic historical ships of Seattle functioning for generations to experience and enjoy.

Passengers can enjoy public cruises, educational tours, and special events aboard the Steamer Virginia V for 9 months out of the whole year. Guests can rent the ship for private charters, like weddings, parties, fundraisers, corporate events, and more, either as a dockside rental or a leisure cruise. Private charters all come with a 3-hour rent time and come with tables, seating, speakers, microphone, projector, and more. Guests can then bring any cutlery, plates, food, and drink as needed for their celebration through Lake Union, Elliott Bay, or the Ballard Locks.

10. Lake Union Charters & Adventures

Lavengro Schooner

Lake Union Charters & Adventures has a number of options. There are Lake Union Cruises, private sailings, sailing battles, and even lessons. One big reason to look into Lake Union Charters? They have a 63-foot schooner named the Lavengro, which can accommodate up to 22 people. It’s beautiful and can be chartered for all kinds of sailings ranging from nights out to family events and sunset sails.

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The Best Seattle Boat Tours

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After exploring Seattle on land, snap photos of its skyline from a boat.

There's no better way to admire the stunning Seattle waterfront than from a boat. A variety of boat tours – from kid-friendly sightseeing cruises to romantic sunset sails – allow visitors to take in all the sights while enjoying a fresh sea breeze. Relying on expert input and traveler sentiment, U.S. News compiled four of the best Seattle boat tours.

Argosy Cruises – Locks Cruise

Price: Adults from $54; kids from $25 Duration: 2 hours

Enjoy the unique experience of passing through the Ballard Locks on this two-hour, one-way cruise. As you transition from the freshwater of Lake Union to the saltwater of Puget Sound, you'll hear live narration about Seattle's history and maritime industry from an onboard guide. Along the way, you'll pass some of the Emerald City's top sights, including the Space Needle , Olympic Sculpture Park and Gas Works Park, among others. Note that the cruise is one way, meaning it ends at a different location than it starts. You'll be dropped off at Pier 54 on the Seattle waterfront or AGC Marina on Lake Union. You can choose where you'd like to depart from when you book your tickets. You can also pay extra for bus transportation back to your starting point. Reviewers applaud the onboard guides, praising their knowledge of the region and their eagerness to answer questions and point out landmarks. Travelers were also pleased with the comfortable, clean boat. Some recommended avoiding the return bus service describing it as inconvenient, and instead suggested opting for your own transportation.

Tickets start at $54 for adults and $25 for kids ages 4 to 12 (children 3 and younger ride for free). Tour schedules vary depending on date and time of year; in the summer months, you can expect tours to be offered twice a day at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Argosy Cruises also offers harbor sightseeing tours.

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Sailing Seattle – Sunset Sail

Price: Adults from $62; kids from $49 Duration: 2 hours

Head out for a two-hour sail on a custom 70-foot yacht to admire the downtown Seattle skyline as the sun sets. Described by reviewers as "peaceful" and a "must-do," this laid-back cruise does not include a guided commentary and does not follow a set route – the tour's course is dictated by wind direction and boat traffic on Elliott Bay. Visitors are allowed to bring any food or beverages they want on board (though glassware is prohibited, glass bottles are OK). The crew also recommends bringing a jacket or sweater in case it gets chilly – a suggestion echoed by reviewers. A word to the wise: Since the yachts were built for racing, bench seating is limited, and visitors might have to sit on the deck.  

Tours are offered late April through early October. The exact sailing schedule varies by the day and month. Tickets start at $62 for adults and $49 for children ages 5 to 12. The company also operates daytime sails in the waters surrounding the city, as well as a two-hour sail on Puget Sound.

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Along with familiar Seattle landmarks, you may also spot seaplanes taking off and landing on this tour from Candére Cruises.

Canderé Cruising – One Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Price: From $50 Duration: 1 hour

Board a six-person vessel for an intimate outing with Candére Cruising on its one-hour sightseeing cruise, where the captain also doubles as the bartender. On this quick trip around Lake Union, passengers will see famous sights like the Space Needle, the Fremont Bridge, a variety of boats and yachts, and may even spot seaplanes taking off and landing, all while enjoying a cocktail (or mocktail). Travelers say the trip is relaxing and lots of fun, even for locals. Another highlight is seeing the houseboat featured in "Sleepless in Seattle."

Tickets start at $50 and include one drink. The one-hour cruise is offered eight times a day, though exact availability may vary by day. Candére Cruising also offers private outings, sunset cruises and day sails on Puget Sound.

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Seattle's Tall Ship – Seattle Harbor Sailing Tour

Price: Adults from $45; kids from $35 Duration: 2 hours

Climb aboard the Bay Lady, an 85-foot tall ship, for a family-friendly sail around the Puget Sound. Departing from Bell Harbor Marina at Pier 66, this two-hour tour promises views of the Space Needle, Smith Tower and the city skyline. If you're lucky, you may spot harbor seals, depending on the time of year. In addition to two restrooms, the boat is equipped with an onboard bar. Travelers praise the attentive, friendly crew and the beautiful boat. They also say the views of Seattle and the sound are amazing.

The company sails daily, though exact times vary by day. The sailing season runs from the end of April to the end of October. Tickets start at $45 for adults and $35 for kids ages 2 to 12. Any purchases made on board cost extra. Seattle's Tall Ship also offers a sunset sail, in addition to private charters.

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Seattle's favorite sightseeing cruises and sailing adventures.

Cruising Lake Union and Lake Washington, and Sailing the Puget Sound are the most unique things to do in Seattle. After 10 years, our reputation speaks for itself. Join us for Seattle's best boat tours and create memories to last a lifetime. We are a small family business and we staff based on reservations. Please book as far in advance as you are able!

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One Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the best of Seattle’s urban and natural beauty with a Lake Union sightseeing cruise. This delightful excursion offers a perfect blend of exploration, relaxation, and delightful commentary while taking in the iconic sights of the city. We staff based on reservations. Please book in advance!

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Two Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the best of Seattle’s urban and natural beauty with a Lake Union sightseeing and cruise. This delightful excursion offers a perfect blend of exploration, relaxation, and delightful commentary while taking in the iconic sights of the city. We staff based on reservations. Please book in advance!

  • Hour Glass 3 hours

Day Sail on the Puget Sound

Experience the natural beauty and maritime magic of the Puget Sound with a 3-hour sailing tour that will take you on a memorable journey through the heart of this stunning waterway. Great for locals and travelers alike!

We staff based on reservations. Please book in advance.

Sunset Sail on the Puget Sound

For an enchanting and intimate adventure, embark on a private 3-hour sunset sailing tour in the Puget Sound. This experience is tailored for a group of up to six passengers, providing the perfect setting to witness the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Northwest as the sun dips below the horizon.

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Blake Island Adventure!

Enjoy your own private cruise across the Puget Sound to Blake Island, a beautiful state park that will make you feel miles and miles away! We staff based on reservations. Please book as far in advance as you are able!

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Takacat Rental

Explore all the scenery Lake Union has to offer at your own pace in style. Take our Takacat Inflatable Catamarans for a spin and enjoy a leisurely cruise around Lake Union! We staff based on reservations. Please book as far in advance as you are able!

Paddleboard Rental

Embark on a self-guided tour around Lake Union with our Paddleboard rentals. Get your swim suit and sunscreen ready to get on the waters and take your paddleboard for a ride! We staff based on reservations. Please book as far in advance as you are able!

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Canderé Cruising

Explore Seattle’s waterways in luxury and style with Canderé Cruising’s intimate experiences for up to six guests. Offering social and private sightseeing cruises and sailing adventures via motor or sailboat, Canderé Cruising will introduce you to Seattle in ways you didn’t think possible. What we offer is among the best things to do in Seattle, even on a rainy day! All boats can be enclosed to keep you dry and comfortable.

Get up close and personal with Seattle’s floating home and houseboat community, beautiful classic cruisers, modern mega yachts, and breathe taking views of Mt. Rainier, and the Seattle Skyline!

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We had a delightful time with Captain Curt. He was friendly and answered all questions. We didn't feel rushed or hurried at all. We had a great afternoon and family outing. I highly recommend this excursion.

Captain Russ is spectacular. He is an amazing captain with a great personality. Captain Russ made my family feel at home out on the water. Thank you for creating a fabulous memory for my family.

Loved it, we had a 3 hour daytime private sail with Russ. We were able to sit on the front of the boat and got to relax together. Would recommend for anyone looking for a private experience or a COVID-safe experience.

We took an afternoon sail on the Puget Sound. We hardly sailed because the wind did not cooperate but the experience was still wonderful. Russ was attentive and full of interesting facts about the Puget Sound and the locations we saw along our cruise. I highly recommend this experience. You will not be disappointed. Thanks Russ!

Captain Russ was great. Very mellow afternoon, no set agenda. Boat was very nice, stable. If you are looking for a way to get out of town and enjoy something cozy with your family this is a great option. Thanks

Thoroughly enjoyed our time sailing. Russ was a knowledgeable and friendly captain! Highly recommend this experience while in Seattle.

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Ahoy Seattle! 8 Boat Tours You Can’t Miss in The Emerald City

Caroline Jones

Seattle is a city surrounded by water, making it an ideal location for boat tours. Tourists and locals alike can enjoy the stunning views of the city skyline, the mountains, and the water from the comfort of a boat.

With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right boat tour. In this blog post, we will explore some of the best boat tours in Seattle that offer unique experiences and breathtaking views.

From sunset cruises to whale watching tours, Seattle has something to offer for everyone. If you are looking for a romantic evening, the city has plenty of sunset cruises that offer a serene and peaceful experience. These cruises offer stunning views of the city skyline as the sun sets behind the mountains.

For those interested in wildlife, whale watching tours are a must-do activity. Seattle is home to a variety of marine animals, including whales, dolphins, and seals, and these tours allow you to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures.

Seattle's boat tours are not just limited to sightseeing. The city has several boat tours that offer unique experiences, such as kayaking and paddleboarding tours. These tours allow you to explore the city from a different perspective and get a closer look at the marine life.

Additionally, Seattle has several dinner cruises that offer a memorable dining experience. These cruises offer delicious food and drinks while cruising around the city and taking in the stunning views.

In conclusion, Seattle's boat tours offer a unique and unforgettable experience that is not to be missed. From sunset cruises to whale watching tours, there is something for everyone.

Whether you are a tourist or a local, these boat tours are a great way to explore the city and its surroundings. In the following paragraphs, we will dive into more details about some of the best boat tours in Seattle.

1. Hot Tub Boats

Hot Tub Boats

Hot Tub Boats offers a unique and enjoyable experience for tourists and locals alike.

The boats are easy to control and the water temperature is perfect, making it a great way to relax and take in the beautiful views of the city.

The staff are friendly and provide all the necessary amenities, including a cooler with water bottles and a Bluetooth speaker.

The two-hour ride is plenty of time to explore the lake and enjoy the hot tub. Highly recommend booking with Hot Tub Boats for an unforgettable experience.

2. Lake Union Hot Tub Boats

Lake Union Hot Tub Boats

Looking for a unique and exciting way to explore the waterways of Seattle, look no further than Lake Union Hot Tub Boats.

This boat tour offers an unforgettable experience of cruising around in a hot tub boat with friends and family. The staff is friendly and helpful, making sure you have everything you need for a comfortable and safe trip.

With the opportunity to bring your own drinks and play your favorite tunes, Lake Union Hot Tub Boats is perfect for a fun day out on the water.

Whether you're a local or visiting Seattle, this boat tour should definitely be on your bucket list.

3. Soundview Sunset Cruises

Soundview Sunset Cruises

Looking for a unique way to see the sights of Seattle from the water's perspective, Soundview Sunset Cruises is a must-try.

Their comfortable and clean boats provide an excellent vantage point to take in the city's skyline and famous Sleepless in Seattle floating house.

The knowledgeable and friendly captains, along with their furry companions, make the tour interesting and personal.

The pick-up location is easy to find, and there is plenty of pay parking available. Soundview Sunset Cruises is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a relaxing and memorable time on the water.

4. Lake Union Charters & Adventures

Lake Union Charters & Adventures

Lake Union Charters & Adventures offers an unforgettable boat tour experience. With engaging tour guides and a peaceful sail around the lake, visitors are sure to have a blast.

The company also offers sailing lessons and private charters for those looking for a more tailored experience.

The sunset sailing tour with Ron is a must-try, providing amazing views of the city and a chance to learn about Seattle's history.

Whether you're looking for a romantic date night or a fun outing with friends and family, Lake Union Charters & Adventures has something for everyone.

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5. Boat Tours Seattle

Boat Tours Seattle

Boat Tours Seattle offers a unique and unforgettable experience exploring the city from a different perspective. Captain Derek is an expert guide who knows the city and its waters inside out.

The tour provides an opportunity to learn about Seattle's history and sailing or simply sit back and enjoy the views.

The Endeavor sailboat is perfect for a day tour with a chance to swim and enjoy a great lunch.

The tour ends with a beautiful sunset and happy faces all around. Boat Tours Seattle is a must-try for anyone looking for an exciting adventure.

6. Seattle's Tall Ship

Seattle's Tall Ship

Seattle's Tall Ship offers a serene sailing experience with incredible views of the water and city. The hour-long sail with just the sails up is a highlight, and kids can even help raise them.

The crew is knowledgeable and friendly, offering drinks for purchase and chatting with passengers.

The boat has comfortable seating and plenty of room to move around. It's a good value for a 2-hour cruise, and the clear skies and pleasant temperatures make it even more enjoyable.

Highly recommended for anyone looking for a different view of the city from Elliott Bay.

7. Emerald City Pirates

Emerald City Pirates

Looking for a fun and unique way to explore the waterways of the city without breaking the bank or getting bored on a boat tour, check out Emerald City Pirates.

This boat tour agency offers a variety of experiences for families, work events, and those looking for a good time on the water.

With friendly staff, a good selection of beverages, and a fun playlist, Emerald City Pirates provides an unforgettable experience.

The pirate-themed activities and games keep the younger ones entertained while the adults can enjoy the stunning views of the city. Book a trip with Emerald City Pirates and sail away on a memorable adventure.

8. Sailing Seattle

Sailing Seattle

Sailing Seattle offers a unique and informative sailing experience with a knowledgeable captain and friendly crew.

The tour is perfect for tourists, families, couples, and friends, and provides great photo opportunities. The sunset tour is highly recommended for an unforgettable experience.

The crew is accommodating and provides cold bottled water for guests. The sailboat ride is safe and enjoyable, with great views of the city.

The staff is engaging and willing to accommodate guests' preferences. The overall experience is worth the price and highly recommended.

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Our Lake Union tour sails through the Lake Washington Ship Canal, Lake Union and on to Union Bay. You'll see houseboats, seaplanes, marinas and boats galore for plenty of photo-worthy moments to capture while on board.

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Ballard Locks

A rich and rare opportunity to experience passing from the fresh waters of the Lake Washington Ship Canal into Puget Sound, this tour offers a unique perspective on the busiest locks in the nation. Captain Ben will safely take passengers through the lock and over to downtown Seattle for picturesque views of the city and surrounding mountains.

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Got a special event? From birthdays, to spreading ashes ceremony, I'll be happy to discuss a custom tour plan with you. Please send a message or call to build the tour package you'd like.

Six Bridges Seattle

Providing safe, entertaining tours of the seattle area and local puget sound waterways for small groups of up to six people. captain ben capdevielle has been calling seattle home for 20 years. he loves to share his knowledge of everything the emerald city has to offer. locals and visitors alike will enjoy talking city history, the best places to dine out, and more.  , the boat is a 1997 19’ arima seachaser built in auburn, washington and powered by a 115 horsepower yamaha 4 stroke engine. arima boats are knows for their safety and comfort., private boat tours, (206) 852-4794.

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Six Bridges Seattle provides safe, entertaining tours of the Seattle area and local Puget Sound waterways for small groups of up to six people. Captain Ben Capdevielle has been calling Seattle home for over 20 years. He loves to share his knowledge of everything the Emerald City has to offer. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy talking city history, the best places to dine out, and more.

The boat is a 1997 19’ Arima Seachaser built in Auburn, Washington and powered by a 2021 Yamaha 115 horsepower 4 stroke engine. Arima boats are known for their safety and comfort.

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Captain Ben

Ben has a passion for connecting with people. he feels at home on the water and loves spending time with new and old friends on board his boat..

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Lake Union + 

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Our Lake Union + Lake Washington tour departs from Ballard and sails through the Lake Washington Ship Canal, into Lake Union and on to Lake Washington. We will see plenty of houseboats, float planes, marinas, and city views along with a glimpse of Bill Gates' house.

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Celebrating 30 years on seattle’s lakes.

Waterways Cruises Celebrates 30 Year Milestone Waterways Cruises and Events is proud to commemorate three decades of delivering exceptional dining and event experiences on the water. In honor of this significant milestone, Waterways has curated a series of events to mark its 30th Anniversary. These include exclusive promotions, social media contests, and a special Nonprofit…

April 15, 2024

Waterways Gift Cards – How Do I Purchase A Gift Card and How Can I Redeem It?

  Want to do holiday gifts like a pro? Give a great gift for someone on your list this year in five clicks or less with a Waterways Cruises Gift Card. Our gift cards can be purchased and  can be applied towards the purchase of tickets for any Waterways’ cruise in addition to appetizers and…

September 22, 2023

Celebrate The Holidays In Seattle – 7 Ways To Cruise Through the Holidays with Waterways Cruises

Staying close to home here in Seattle for the holidays this year? Celebrate the holidays while cruising in style on a holiday-themed dining cruise with Waterways Cruises. The holiday season is a time of wonder and joy, and there’s no better place to experience its magic than in the beautiful city of Seattle. Nestled in…

September 19, 2023

“On the most recent cruise, one member of our party was visually and hearing impaired. The staff were most gracious in accommodating his needs. We would recommend Waterways to anyone looking for a different view of Seattle.”

“Always one of my favorite Seattle nights out whether with friends on a brunch or wine cruise if you are looking for the perfect date night!”

“The staff and ship’s crew were attentive to our table, and the food was wonderful. My wife and I enjoyed the cruise, and viewing the local attractions from the water. The captain provided the narration along the way with some humor.”

"Awesome trip! Food was excellent! Service was great! Had an amazing time! I recommend this for couples and friends celebrating an important events!"

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GPS-Guided Audio Tours of Lake Union

Experience over 200 years of Seattle history at your own pace with our GPS guided audio tour. We give you a tablet with our proprietary guide loaded up that will automatically play at tagged locations as you drive around the lake.

Your tour begins as you leave our docks with a brief history of Seattle and the events that made Lake Union what it is today. After that foundation is built, the tour takes you through the specifics that brought the area from a small logging and fishing community to a mecca for technology and innovation. You will learn about everything from the rum runners in the prohibition area that operated on the lake to Gas Works Park which the Seattle Times calls the strangest park in Seattle and potentially one of the strangest in the world.

There is no shortage of stories to tell about this unique lake and the two-hour tour will take you through the highlights as you enjoy your electric boat cruise. Enjoy at your own pace with family, friends, or coworkers and your own food and drink. You are guaranteed to learn something new whether this is your first time on the lake or your 100 th ! This tour is designed for all ages!

What will you see?

Tour pricing.

At just $29 per boat reservation (no per-person cost), you control the route and the pace from the comfort of your own private boat.

Book a Tour of Lake Union

Experience your Lake Union tour by reserving a boat and adding on the tour during the booking process. Our Lake Union tour can also be added on to multi-boat events.

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Evening Colors Sunset Sailing Tour

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The premier Seattle sunset sail!

There is no more beautiful or romantic way to experience a sunset cruise than on-board an authentic tall ship. On our sunset sailing tour, we will work together to raise the sails, then with the engine turned off, we will sail into the age of cannon fire and sunsets behind untouched mountain ranges of the Puget Sound.

Our amazing sailboat is the largest and most comfortable public sailing vessel in Seattle. We have comfortable seats for relaxing and wide decks to enjoy moving around the vessel. We have two restrooms and serve cider, beer, wine, champagne, soda, and water.

So come on board and let’s raise a toast to an amazing sunset on Seattle’s premier sunset harbor cruise!

Looking for a daytime sailing cruise? Our afternoon harbor sailing tours are an excellent activity for the whole family! And don’t forget about our private charters for your next big event!

  • 2-hour duration.
  • Evening departures daily.
  • Beverages are available to purchase on every boat ride.
  • It is usually cooler on the water; we recommend bringing an extra layer such as a light jacket.
  • Don’t forget a camera! The photography from our boat tour is always spectacular!
  • Pricing: Tickets start at $49 for adults / $39 for children (ages 2-12). Infants (under 2) always $1

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