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The Center for Wooden Boats

1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109-4444
+1 206-382-2628
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Wonderful Experience in Traditional Boats

I typically sail larger boats in Southern California but this place caught my attention as I visit... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tony K
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Los Angeles, California
Nice short sail

Considering this is totally free I dont see how you could say anything negative at all about this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ConfederateMike
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Glasgow, Kentucky
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109-4444
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+1 206-382-2628
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Considering this is totally free I dont see how you could say anything negative at all about this activity. The volunteers there are very courteous and welcoming. The right was pretty short so thats why I rated it a 4 instead of a 5. So...More

Thank ConfederateMike
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My kids take sailing lessons here every summer. It really is a treasure. They have a second location on Camano Island where you can rent boats to take out on the Puget Sound. The Lake Union original lets you take boats onto Lake Union to...More

Thank Mark R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did you know that the Center for Wooden Boats gives free boat rides on Sunday mornings? We were so glad to have found that out and that we were visiting on a Sunday! Our shuttle driver from the hotel had never heard about this before...More

Thank Gina E
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This mainly open air museum is very interesting and tries to teach people about sailing and boating. I liked all the wooden boats that had tied up to show you the different styles of wooden boats. They have a small Visitors Center with a gift...More

Thank jehenson81
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

At the base of Lake Union, next to MUSEUM OF HISTORY & INDUSTRY, Easy access by Street Car, impossible access by car since the Amazon and related development changed (rapidly) the old warehouse district over to Office and residential building. Take a urban hike South...More

Thank todrodman
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

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

Thank Alec D
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

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

Thank Kelleygirl2
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

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

Thank MrSmitcher
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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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26 March 2015|
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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
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