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The Center for Wooden Boats

Waterway 4, South end of Lake Union, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109
206 382 2628
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Ranked #47 of 215 Attractions in Seattle
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum of wooden boats allows you to take some of the exhibits out for a test-row on Lake Union.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

A museum with a difference - all the exhibits are in the water. We are not at all nautical but the range of small craft was amazing. The project relies heavily on volunteers so paying it a visit helps them deliver sailing instruction to young people. Allow 1 hour.

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sarasota
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141 reviews 141 reviews
37 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

in our modern world with its pop compromises nothing says "classic" like a wooden boat. take your mouthy iconoclast friend and watch them be stunned

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

Saw this on Trip Advisor before a recent trip to Seattle and am glad we were able to go. Amazing collection of boats with helpful, informative volunteers. If you like sailing or even just want a nice place to see a bit of Lake Union, this is a must do. Boats and kayaks available for rental, too.

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Dallas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

If you go on Sunday you can have one of the volunteer skippers take you out on any boat you like that they have. If you know how to sail you can take out any of their boats. We didn't go out cause we went on a weekday, but we enjoyed looking at all the old wooden boats and reading... More

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Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

There's some great history here, in the form of old photos and examples of watercraft from days of yore. This gives you a great place to watch the boats on Lake Union, and snooze in the sun during the summer. Note that some of the walkways are not child-proofed, so keeping an eye on the little ones is a must!

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Pensacola, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Enjoyed the photo journey! We were there on Monday, a day the museum is not open, but was still able to view the beautiful boats moored. WARNING: If you drive there and park in the parking lot, REVERSE IN!! We parked walked over to pay, walked back to the car (5 minutes tops) and the cop was there giving us... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Here is a place that is uniquely Seattle. CWB is a small maritime museum with some great extras. They have a myriad of family and community events on beautiful Lake Union. There are free boat rides on Sundays on CWB's livery of wooden boats and model boats events for the kids in the pond next door. Check it out, it... More

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Bogota, Colombia
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102 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I had very high expectations for the center for wooden boats! We arrived about an hour and a half before closing, so the whole educational part about how they make the boats and stuff was out of the question. we rented paddle boats, because there were 6 of us and we wanted to all go in one boat (so the... More

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St. Paul, MN
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great off the beaten patch find on Lake Union. If you are into boats and woodworking this is a must see spot. The drop dead beautiful boats are simply stunning. There is a quaint little center with books, a gallery and information about the Center as well as a large woodworking restoration shop. You can see first hand the work... More

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California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is an off-the-beaten-path kind of attraction and might not be for everyone, BUT... if you're looking for something that is a little different and will put you in touch with an interesting part of the past, this is a great place to visit. The CWB has a nice selection of vintage boats and a small museum/gift store. Fun to... More

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