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The Center for Wooden Boats

1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109-4444
+1 206-382-2628
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Preserving a fading craft...

We visited here on a quiet Monday PM & observed a kids class while strolling among the lovely... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
skigator
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Fleming Island, Florida
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I love this place. My nephew turned us on to this place as he has a personal connection here. He... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Heidi F
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Simi Valley, California
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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 you'll find when you visit.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109-4444
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+1 206-382-2628
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting during the busy Seafair weekend in early August with prime weather. Since we had other plans at 1pm on Sunday, I needed to get the first available slot for a free boat ride for two adults and one child. I went to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rented a rowboat for the family and cruised around the lake. The staff is very helpful and the center is educational. Glad we stopped in.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An amazing place to get back to the roots of boating. Never lets me down. They even offer free boat rides on Sunday to introduce people to the wonders of it all.

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

I love Center for Wooden Boats! I took sailing lessons here years ago, and they were really fun. South Lake Union is a gorgeous spot to watch Seaplanes land amongst the wooden boats...a little scary learning how to navigate around sea planes as a sailor,...More

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Reviewed May 15, 2018

While a few wooden boat organizations exist, none are so accessible, or located in such a beautiful spot, as the CWB. You absolutely don't have to know anything about wooden boats to enjoy this place, but if you're already an enthusiast, you'll find plenty to...More

Thank Sophie F
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Reviewed May 4, 2018 via mobile

What a great day to take a free sailing trip. We had an hour ride and each had a chance to learn to sail. We also saw many sea planes taking off and landing in the shared lake. Our skipper was so informative and told...More

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Reviewed April 8, 2018

I typically sail larger boats in Southern California but this place caught my attention as I visit Seattle frequently. It has been a long time since I sailed a smaller boat with no auxiliary engine. I took a lesson with Derek and so much enjoyed...More

Thank Tony K
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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
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