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The Center for Wooden Boats

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Address: Waterway 4, South end of Lake Union, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Phone Number: 206 382 2628
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This museum of wooden boats allows you to take some of the exhibits out for...

This museum of wooden boats allows you to take some of the exhibits out for a test-row on Lake Union.

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Great place if you enjoy seeing older boats

This is a museum where you are encouraged to touch and experience. They offer classes, you can rent a boat. They really want you to get in touch with being on the water in a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2015
Alec D
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Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, Washington
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365 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

This is a museum where you are encouraged to touch and experience. They offer classes, you can rent a boat. They really want you to get in touch with being on the water in a boat. Walking out on the docks and looking at the boats is FREE.

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Kitchener, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Went for the free public tours on Sundays and got to sail in the 115 year old Admirable. The Centre is run by volunteers who take the public out on these rides - everyone was super friendly and we even got a chance to man the tiller. Will definitely go back for rides on the other boats

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Thank Nicole L
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The Center for Wooden Boats is a hands on experience. It is a museum keeping the local craft of traditional small boats alive. The free Sunday boat rides are a great introduction, but there is active participation with various boats available for rent.

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Thank Garyh01
Seattle
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49 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is a small, well located attraction off the radar for many Seattle visitors. A great stop for enjoying water views, touring older boats, and checking out all sorts of maritime related activities very close to downtown.

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Thank Terri S
Dallas, Texas
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1,377 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 427 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

Come over for lunch in the area and check out the boat exhibit. You can actually touch things here. Nice visitors center to get started. Plenty of boats to enjoy.

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Thank wick1979
Seattle, Washington
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

The Center for Wooden Boats is the place for locals and tourists alike. Rent a paddleboat or sail boat for the day, learn how to build and restore wooden boats or learn how to sail! Run almost entirely by volunteers, it's a great community to be a part of if you're looking to get "in" on the boating community of... More 

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Thank Landysan
Ponca City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

On Sunday mornings you can sign up starting at 10am to ride in a boat at 11am or after. You need to get here by at least 9am to get in line (on a rainy day) or much earlier if it's going to be a beautiful day. The boats available vary each Sunday depending on who is volunteering that day.... More 

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Preston, Idaho, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We walked through it quickly. I would assume that it was closed and maybe there are more fun things to do when it's open.

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Thank Brooke H
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

In deed, there is so much to see here and then you can actually go out on a boats !! They build boats too.

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Sparks, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

The Center for Wooden Boats has a collection of older wooden sailboats that are still seaworthy. Compared to the 25 foot fiberglass sailboat that I used to own, these boats have an attraction that no fiberglass boat can nuture. I would love to own one of these wooden sailboats! They're all a bit of history in sailing condition. There were... More 

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