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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 #43 of 206 attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Lincoln, Nebraska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW 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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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Last summer we considered the Sunday Free Sailing Experience but with our group of 7 we decided to book a private sail. Everything was great, our captain took the time to set a couple of land lovers at ease and we were off! Our group included my wife and I along with 3 grand daughters ranging from 5 to 17... More

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Kent, Washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Every Sunday, the center for wooden boats gives free boat rides. There are limited spaces so you have to come early to get a spot and you have to be smart about it, sailing on a windy day not a calm one. But even if you find yourself sitting on a sail boat in the middle of Lake Union having... More

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Seattle
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I am a Seattle resident and I always enjoy a visit to the Center For Wooden Boats. It's one of the highlights of one of my favorite walks that begins south of the University District and follows the shores of Lake Union to Fremont via Eastlake and Westlake Avenues. I have followed progress of the center with a lot of... More

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Stephens City, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We had a wonderful time here learning about the wooden boats. After adding our names to the waiting list for a boat ride, we were able to go out for a 90 minute ride on the lake in a sailboat...and it was free! Would definitely recommend. If you come on Sunday for the free boat rides make you show up... More

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Elkridge, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We came across The Center for Wooden Boats after grabbing lunch in South Lake Union. We ended up taking a rowboat out for an hour or so and really enjoyed ourselves. It was a great way to enjoy the area, check out some impressive yachts, and watch the seaplanes land and take off. The staff and volunteers were very helpful... More

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The entrance is a little tricky because of construction but parking is available. Go down the ramp and rent a row boat and enjoy Lake Union. There is a lot of history here. Bring a picnic lunch and sit on the grass up by the boat brokerage or down on the docks watching the sea lanes land. It's a cheap,... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

If you are around Seattle on July 4th you should make a point to come to Lake Union and participate in the Wooden Boat Festival. There are free public sailing rides, rowboat rentals, so many beautiful wooden boats that you can see and board and talk to the owners, toy boatbuilding for kids, music, food, watch wooden boat building and... More

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Scottsdale, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

we were looking for something a little different a d low key so we headed down to Lake Union to the Center for Woden boats. And, it happened to be the Air and Boat Festival! So much fun, great boats, seaplanes, beautiful views. Great little pond to sail radio controlled sailboats, fun fountains, great time watching the seaplanes take off.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

What a wonderful find! Lots of learning about Northwest sea history. We enjoyed our time. Near the new Museum of History and Industry in Lake Union Park.

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