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“If you don't know hydroplanes, don't expect a history lesson”

Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Kent
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Owner description: A museum chronicling the history of racing in the Pacific Northwest.
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24 reviews
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“If you don't know hydroplanes, don't expect a history lesson”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Located in an overcrowded, cramped industrial park building it is all but impossible to find. Once the admission fee is paid no one really wants to talk with you and the one person who did knew less about the hydros than we did. The sad part is that we took two younger generations of family with us trying to spark some interest and it was a failure, plain and simple. They need to move into a larger building in a more populated area to attract more people as Seattle is a hydroplane racing town with a rich history of racing.

Visited September 2013
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San Francisco
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48 reviews
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“Best ever hydroplane museum”
Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

Older hydroplanes on display. Well maintained. Excellent tour from an enthusiastic guide. Nice videos.

Visited September 2013
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Kent, Washington
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“Great spot for hydro fans”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

OK - you have to be familiar with those giant boats of the 1960s and 1970... the hydroplanes. Although I grew up in Minneapolis, the hydros visited every summer and, as kids, we collected the little plastic boats and played with them in the lakes. Fun.

In Seattle, though, it was the culture. Everyone turned out for the races and drivers were heroes. This museum has a good selection of boats and a lot of memorabilia that fun to history buffs. It's Seattle in 1965. The workshop is visible and the staff is knowledgeable and enjoys both the work and visitors. It's a bit hard to find (use Google maps), but worth a few hours of your time.

Hint: for some local food, drive east on 190th to W. Valley Hwy (also called 68th Ave S). Turn south and a few miles down the road is Caveman Kitchen. Outside dining (only!), but great smoked meats and a local tradition.

Visited July 2013
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Tigard, Oregon, United States
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“More Room”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

If you like racing boat this place is worth visiting. They have many boats and lots of memorabilia. A bigger building would be nice.

Visited August 2012
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“Get to sit in a real hydroplane!”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

Ive grown up watching hydroplanes, but never really hear about the history of them. The staff of volunteers were very informative and friendly. Most of them have worked on the boats you will see here. It costs $10 to get in which I feel is a bit pricey but look for the 2 for 1 admission coupons just sitting on the counter.

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