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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Austin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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4 attraction reviews
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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PACIFIC
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34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
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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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

Stop by to see the very cool wooden boats. They have their own parking and its marked. If you get one of those spots it's free. The boats are beautiful. They also have an old fire boat too, as well as other types. It is interesting and they have a cool small gift shop.

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Milton, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I somehow came across a site that said they had free sailboat rides here on Sundays?!?!? REALLY! I couldn't believe that but its true. Starting 10am-4pm they offer rides on various boats. You need to get there about 9.15 so that you can choose what boat you'd like to try. Then they give you a time slot and you come... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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Additional Information about The Center for Wooden Boats

Address: Waterway 4, South end of Lake Union, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Phone Number: 206 382 2628
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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