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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 #39 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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83 reviews 83 reviews
17 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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Pensacola, FL
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35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We arrived around 10:40 am and got a couple of the last seats on the free hour long Sunday sailing at 3:30, though we also had a choice of sailing an hour earlier. There were other openings available, but I'd advise getting there well before noon if you want a complimentary Sunday afternoon boat excursion as the lady in line... More

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Sammamish, Washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Boating is a Seattle tradition. Seattle is often considered the Boating Capital of the country. For a further view of what Boating means to this community, check out the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

This is a great experience for anyone. The volunteers on Sunday morning are friendly, outgoing, extremely knowledgeable. Traveling with my college ages boys they were extremely skeptical. But,the minute the "puffin" started they were hooked. It is worth every minute of your Seattle time. Do it! You will not be disappointed

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Oxford, MS
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Great place to spend a few minutes just walking along the water and viewing all the amazing wooden boats in various stages of repair. They have signs that give you some history of the boats, their ownership and what is being done to them. They also have a great little gift shop. They offer several childrens workshops and educational classes... More

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Houston, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

It was amazing to see so many wooden boats that have been restored and are sea-wothy in one place. The folks that run the center are avid boaters and appreciate the maritime history of the area. We went on Sunday morning to sign up for a space on one of several available vessels sailing that day. We were the only... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

We visited in the afternoon on a sunny day. It was cool seeing all of the boats out on the water, but it wasn't really my cup of tea. I enjoyed walking the docks and around the park more than anything. It was definitely not what I expected and there wasn't much to see.

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