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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
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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Fun educational stop and great boat rentals!

This is an amazing place just to visit and walk around. I would love to have taken out one of the boats, but by the time I discovered the center we had booked the remainder of our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing place just to visit and walk around. I would love to have taken out one of the boats, but by the time I discovered the center we had booked the remainder of our time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

After reading other positive reviews, and knowing my partner would enjoy this venture, we drove to the CWB on a Sunday morning. We joined others in line by 9:15a, assuring ourselves a slot for an afternoon boat ride. It was a gorgeous day and we were able to get a ride on The Admirable, a sailboat that held perhaps 15... More 

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We went along for a free boat trip on a Sunday and loved every minute of it! We arrived at about 9am to secure a trip on a sail boat. The captain was friendly and informative. The centre had a great sense of community about it. There were also several artefacts and pieces to look at.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Great place where you rent historic wooden boats. Very well run operation and doesn't get super packed so it's relaxed. Highly recommended for something that not everyone else is doing.

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Austin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

we were on our way to the larger museum next store when we saw the Center. What a great collection of wooden boat craftsmanship and informative displays. You can sign up in advance to sail on some of their boats as well.

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Hayward
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

There was not much at this little center, although what they did have was neat, I would have to say the best part was sitting at the end of the dock watching the tour seaplanes take off and land. I didn't spend all that much time here.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you love wooden sailboats this is it. Old boats of many classes. All beautiful. Most available for charter! Docents are very knowledgeable. Seem to have programs for kids

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Fun, low key collection of wooden boats right next to MOHAI at South Lake Union Park. Try the free boat rides on Sundays!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We got there about 9:30 and the line was already pretty long. We didn't get on a sail boat like I was hoping but we got on a smaller boat that fit the 3 of us and got more a more personal/private tour of the lake which was a bit better in my opinion! Great FREE thing to do in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

While this is a low-key attraction without entry fee or crowds, we enjoyed it immensely. Lots of old boats in various states of repair and restoration. Free rides if you want them.

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