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The Center for Wooden Boats

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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See boat wrights in their natural habitat. Learn a bit about boat building and history of boating... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Seattle, Washington
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You gotta like old wooden boats or don't come! What's not to like? It's on Lake Union, It's free... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Seattle, Washington
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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 1 week ago via mobile

See boat wrights in their natural habitat. Learn a bit about boat building and history of boating in Seattle. Impressive space , gift shop and museum.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank kirkmckinley
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You gotta like old wooden boats or don't come! What's not to like? It's on Lake Union, It's free and free parking. Depending on the time of year and the weather you can rent some of these boats for a nominal fee and tool around...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank rvhnc
Reviewed February 12, 2019

Make time to look around the new and old buildings. Ask about the programs and membership levels. Great Seattle history spot.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ken R
Reviewed January 21, 2019

Great place to go for a short visit. It's completely volunteer run, so check the opening times first. It's also free. They have an excellent collection of smaller wooden boats set in historical context. If you're a fan of things nautical, it's a great place...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Andrew S
Reviewed January 6, 2019

We were in the area and decided to stop in. Just about everything was closed, as it was offseason. There are some cool older wooden boats, sailing lessons, and some small exhibits.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jeffreyf276
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

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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 .

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mike O
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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