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The Center for Wooden Boats
Ranked #64 of 450 things to do in Seattle
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Very nice, please visit!”
Reviewed January 12, 2012

Check out the craftsmanship required to build these masterpieces.

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Atlanta, GA
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197 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Highlight of Seattle Visit”
Reviewed November 1, 2011

The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle is located at the next-to-last stop on the South Lake Union trolley line. For anyone with any interest in boating/sailing/nautical lore it is a must-see. They offer free boat rides on Sundays on a first-come basis. On the sunday I visited the free rides included a sail boat for 17 passengers, a row boat and a restored steam powered dinghy. This was a unique attraction staffed by volunteers doing some serious boat restoration and maintenance work. A traditional northwest cedar canoe is being (slowly) carved at the shore work building for all to see. This was the highlight of my week in Seattle. Berkeley78

Visited October 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Just OK”
Reviewed June 15, 2011

This stop was just OK. The little shack they have where you can purchase things was closed on the day we were here. It appears that they are making a larger building, which I think might make it a nice stop in the future. We were in the area (eating at the Portage Bay Cafe--Yum!) so it was a nice stop and I'm not disappointed we came, just not highly impressed.

Visited March 2011
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“Free waterside picnic location in Seattle”
Reviewed May 27, 2011

Best place in Seattle to have a picnic and enjoy the lake - all for free. Enjoyed hanging out for a few hours here, watched boats come and go, read my book, rented a row boat (can't remember how much but very reasonable) and rowed up to the floating homes to have a little look around! Amazing that this is here for anyone to drop into! Thanks for reading.

Visited June 2010
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Seattle, Washington
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“A maritime view of history”
Reviewed March 31, 2011

The Center for Wooden Boats at S. Lake Union is a great place to learn about "old time" boats. They have displays, such as how a block and tackle system works, or how the cracks between wood panels in wooden boats were sealed, and they even have a free public sail every Sunday (sign up early) on a boat that may be 100 years old. It really gives you a feel of the maritime community and its roots in earlier days.

Visited March 2011
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