Ride a Boat from Downtown Seattle

Discover the Emerald City, Elliott Bay, and the Puget Sound from a different perspective!  Board your vessel of choice right in downtown Seattle.

Whether you are a visitor or a local, the Seattle Waterfront is your gateway to the Salish Sea straight from downtown.  The boat trips and tours from here range from 1-hour harbor cruises to overnight excursions in some of the world’s most beautiful waters.  Want to smell the breath of a whale or taste the liquor (juice) of a live oyster?  Your Seattle Waterfront adventure starts here.  Take your pick between Pier 50 and Pier 70.


boards at Pier 55 Year-Round

Seattle’s Original Harbor Cruise  (1 hour water tour of Seattle; under $35*).  

Ballard Locks Cruise (2.5 hours cruise of Ballard Locks; under $50*).  

* Children 0-3 ride free.  Discounts for youth and seniors.  $ave by ordering tickets online.  Vessels are available to charter for corporate cruises and family events.

boards at Pier 57 Year-Round

Check out this great article about the new Salish Sea Tours.  Buy tickets online or at the dock at Pier 57.  Prepare to see Seattle like you have not seen it before!

boards at Pier 69 (Year-Round)

Seattle to Victoria Fast Passenger Ferry (Year-round.)

Seattle to San Juan Island and Friday Harbor Fast Passenger Ferry
Clipper will bring you to the world-renowned, pristine San Juan Islands straight from Pier 69 in under four hours. (Year-round)*

Whale Watching Half-day Trip from Seattle.
Clipper guarantees that you will see whales or you can come back again until you do.  Book today! (June-September)*

Whale Watching Day-trip to San Juan Islands. 
Relax as you set sail on a high-speed catamaran from downtown Seattle to the San Juan Islands in search of whales with a naturalist guide.  Amazing trip with a whale sighting guarantee! (May thru mid-October)*

* Stays in Washington waters.  No passport required. 

Gulf Islands Whale Watching from Seattle.

boards at Pier 56 (will return in May 2023)

Seattle Sailing Cruises (1.5 hours*)

NEW! Northwest Sailing Cruise (2 hours*)

Seattle Sunset Sail (2.5 hours*)

Seattle Private Sailing Yacht Charters (rent the whole ship for you and your group:-)

* Scheduled sailings daily during high season on two 70-foot sailing yachts, starting at $39.  Discounts for youth, seniors and military.  Runs May through September.  Book online up to 14 days in advance.  Corporate and private sailings for special groups and events welcome.

at Bell Harbor Marina (will return in May 2023)

Seattle’s Tall Ship

Book online or just walk on this Seattle schooner.  Check website for themed sailings and special deals.  The vessel is available for groups, corporates, parties, classes, and more.  Check site for charter rates.

boards at Piers 50 and 54

boards at Pier 50

boards at Pier 52

WSF Sailing schedules.  Seattle Waterfront at PIER 52:

Bainbridge Car & Passenger Ferry (35 minutes crossing*)

Bremerton Car & Passenger Ferry (60 minutes crossing*)

* There is no fare collected or ticket required for the return leg to Seattle

at Pier 66 terminal

Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66:

Find Cruise Ship Schedule at Port of Seattle Cruising Portal

Please note that some ships use Smith Cove at Pier 91, which is not downtown.  The 2023 Alaska cruise season will run April to October.  

Mt. Rainier
View of Mt. Rainier from beautiful Blake Island.

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