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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
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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Free on Sundays

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. only on Sundays, they provide free sail boat rides on Lake Union, which sits in the middle of Seattle just north of downtown. The rides last 45-60 minutes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. only on Sundays, they provide free sail boat rides on Lake Union, which sits in the middle of Seattle just north of downtown. The rides last 45-60 minutes, but you must register early to have a good chance of reserving a spot. Boats leave every 15-30 minutes, depending on quickly they fill up, so... More 

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

First things first, this is FREE! Which is awesome, but after having an hour ride with our delightful skipper Jerry, I would have easily paid for this enjoyable activity. Make sure to get to the place when it opens so you can sign up for your boat ride time!

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nola
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

our trip to seattle would have been an almost total disappointment if it weren't for this place. admittedly ,were prejudice. we have a sailboat. but its fiberglass and wooden boats always intrigue me. I love to inspect how they're put together. these things are up close and personal. very interesting and if you're lucky enough to be there when people... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This used to be my daily walk, Lake Union and the CFWB. We just moved, but for years Ive gone here and sailed a bit, hung out and took pictures, or just chatted with locals working on boats. Another fun thing is The MV Lotus is docked next door. You can spend the night on her! Everyone is super helpful... More 

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Souther CA
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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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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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