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The Center for Wooden Boats

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Great place to learn about the world of wooden boats

Make time to look around the new and old buildings. Ask about the programs and membership levels... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ken R
Great for a short visit

Great place to go for a short visit. It's completely volunteer run, so check the opening times... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Andrew S
Bellingham, 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

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 4 weeks ago

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 Jeffrey F
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
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

Date of experience: September 2017
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!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MarineAir10
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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