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The Center for Wooden Boats

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Interesting Center, beautiful location to walk

The center for Wooden Boats is on Lake Union. Beautiful setting to walk around the buildings... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2018
Cathy S
Fredericksburg, Va
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Loved seeing this

kinda like a step back in time, old school wooden boats that are really cool to see and the harbor... read more

Reviewed October 8, 2018
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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The Center for Wooden Boats at South Lake Union is a hub of hands-on learning year-round. Boat rentals, classes and workshops, field trips, lectures, and opportunities for direct experience on the water and at the docks are just a few of the things...more
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1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109-4444
+1 206-382-2628
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

The center for Wooden Boats is on Lake Union. Beautiful setting to walk around the buildings (boathouses), docks, museum and gift shop. They offer sailing & rowing lessons with reservations. The staff is friendly and willing to answer any questions. Not able to give the...More

Thank Cathy S
Reviewed October 8, 2018

kinda like a step back in time, old school wooden boats that are really cool to see and the harbor with the water planes and the city. Great area to look around and enjoy

Thank matthewnorris234
Reviewed October 5, 2018

Arrive early to get in line .....sign up starts at 10 but I would get there by 9. It was hard to find the start of the line as it was festival weekend. This center has restored different wooden boats from small steamships, to large...More

Thank Cheryl M
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

You’ll see some of the coolest, beautifully crafted wooden boats. Some are historic gems. Get checked out and you can rent and sail a classic 1950’s sloop like the Blanchard Junior Knockabout. What a gem of a resource to have in Seattle.

Thank drpaulSeattle
Reviewed September 14, 2018

Being around old boats is so much fun and they have some great old boat such as the Arthur Foss and the old Seattle fire boat are well worth taking the time to see .

Thank Mike O
Reviewed August 29, 2018

Canoes, native boats, sailboats.Historic boats. This place has a variety. We liked it, but it needs more signage, more info, People in Seattle see a lot of boats and need the information to know why this place, these boats are special.It has some, but needs...More

Thank Kathleen F
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Some real craftsmen dedicated to building and restoring classic wooden boats. They were eager to talk and explain many thing as they worked. It’s free!

Thank MarineAir10
Reviewed August 18, 2018

We visited here on a quiet Monday PM & observed a kids class while strolling among the lovely little skiffs & a few larger boats docked there. Sea planes landed & took off close by in the lake every 5-10 minutes coming in just above...More

Thank skigator
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

I love this place. My nephew turned us on to this place as he has a personal connection here. He put his name in and after a short wait he took us out on the opening day of boating season, to boot. It is a...More

Thank Heidi F
Reviewed August 8, 2018

I visited the Center for Wooden Boats in order to participate in the Free Sunday Sails. I really loved the experience! Like other reviewers have mentioned, it is on a first come-first-serve basis to sign up for a spot on a sail later in the...More

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Response from Lorisong | Reviewed this property |
If you are going on the boats, just any kind of rubber sole, not High heels for example. Seattle tends to be chilly in the afternoon, tennis shoes, or Keens kyaking shoes, but really just soft sole shoes or walking shoes are... More