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The Center for Wooden Boats

Waterway 4, South end of Lake Union, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109
+1 206-382-2628
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A visit to the Center for Wooden Boats is great thing to do with someone visiting Seattle. It's a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alec D
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Seattle, Washington
Hands on learning and history of wooden boat building, a traditional craftsman trade

From the Gas Works Park we walked down to the nonprofit Center for Wooden Boats on Valley Street... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kelleygirl2
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Sarasota, Florida
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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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  • Average9%
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Waterway 4, South end of Lake Union, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to the Center for Wooden Boats is great thing to do with someone visiting Seattle. It's a really well run organization. It offers some hands on experiences as well as interesting boats to see. There are times that they offer free rides on...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the Gas Works Park we walked down to the nonprofit Center for Wooden Boats on Valley Street very near the Museum of History and Industry. It is a free hands-on “laboratory of learning” museum dedicated to “preserving and documenting the maritime history of the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It’s a center that restores wooden boats plus teaches about building and sailing. It’s free admission to walk around the docked boats and peek in the workshop - but please donate. This not-for-profit center is an organization that keeps these skills alive. They even have...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

They offer free rides on various types of boats on Sundays. Sign ups start at 10 AM; we arrived around 9:30 AM and there were 8 people in line already. 10-15 mins before they open the door for sign ups, they post on the doors...More

Thank KimL88Travels
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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

The boats are beautiful examples of wood craftsmanship and on a glorious sunny day it is lovely to admire all the boats on display. We didn't take a boat out, but would do on a next visit!

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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

We've been to Seattle several times and this is the fist time to visit the Center for Wooden Boats. We did, however, wait until about 11am and the free boat ride wait was 2 hours. So, instead we enjoyed walking among the boats, checking out...More

Thank Meaux35
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

This was really cool. I have a wooden boat fetish so I was in heaven. My 10yr old enjoyed being able to get on the boats. Ok Saturdays I think u can rent some and take them out. Oh and to my surprise....it was free!...More

Thank prankin28
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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

What a find!! Our family took the street car as an adventure and came upon the Center. They were having the annual fund raiser- what a great time for kids. Fun activities for them. Beautiful boats on display. We were able to go on the...More

Thank morrisfamilyva
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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

We visited the center for wooden boats based on a invitation of a friend. It is amazing how many program opportunities for education, entertainment and maritime skills they offer. A new building, almost ready to be occupied, offers even more room for this activities and...More

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Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

We had read Boys in the Boat and were so excited to visit on our trip to Seattle. The center is very "self-serve"- it was hard to know what we were supposed to be looking at or seeing. The Boat have placards that you can...More

Thank Elaine D
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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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