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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 #43 of 212 Attractions in Seattle
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: The Center for Wooden Boats offers free public boat rides, in electric boats or sail boats, every Sunday afternoon at 2pm and at 3pm. They also have... more »
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 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
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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75 helpful votes 75 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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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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Austin, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The Center offers examples of wooden boats of the Pacific NW - from a dugout to modern sailboats. There are several well restored boats tied up all along their docks. There is a workshop with on-going restoration work in progress. Several classes of kids were there to learn how to sail and/or paddle, tie knots and just have fun with... More

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Heber City, Utah
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90 reviews 90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a great place for kids and adults. It is a very open space that allows you to walk around and look at all the projects and historical boats. They did not require any fee to be out on the docks which was nice. We went out to the end and sat on a bench to watch all the... More

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

On a rather choppy and windy Lake Union, we were offered a wooden paddle boat when my original idea to rent a canoe would have been rather taxing. It cost $35 per hour, but we had fun trying to stay our of the sea plane's way and getting out on the water. The guides patiently explained how to operate the... More

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