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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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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: This museum of wooden boats allows you to take some of the exhibits out...
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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Best attraction in Seattle and it's FREE!

As a lifelong sailor I wasn’t expecting too much from a free museum in the center of Seattle, but I could not have been more wrong. There were many boats to see on the docks and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2014
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Souther CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

As a lifelong sailor I wasn’t expecting too much from a free museum in the center of Seattle, but I could not have been more wrong. There were many boats to see on the docks and the Volunteer folks running the tours were wonderful and very knowledgeable. I actually got a chance to helm the sailing gillnetter and it was... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I had wanted to learn how to sail for a few years and happened upon a special deal to take sailing lessons at the Center for Wooden Boats and it was an excellent experience. In their intro to sailing course, their knowledgable volunteer instructors take time to teach the fundamentals which are critical to understanding how a boat works and... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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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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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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8 helpful votes 8 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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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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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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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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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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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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