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The Center for Wooden Boats

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Address: Waterway 4, South end of Lake Union, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Phone Number:
+1 206-382-2628
Today
10:00 - 20:00
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Hours:
Mon 12:30 - 20:00
Wed - Fri 12:30 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The Center for Wooden Boats at South Lake Union is a hub of hands-on...

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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Great people, great views, and free!

The center offers free boat rides on Sunday (first come first serve, and there is a donation box). We got there early on Sunday with coffee and waited patiently until we made it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 August 2016
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Sugar Land
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Visited the old location while the new building is almost finished. Nice examples inside, but not as many as I had hoped to see. I guess the main attraction here is the Sunday sail. Perhaps another time. If you like wooden boats, you'll enjoy this site. Looking forward to the new facility.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

The center offers free boat rides on Sunday (first come first serve, and there is a donation box). We got there early on Sunday with coffee and waited patiently until we made it inside to get our names on the list. The line was long, and not everyone made it on a boat, so make sure to get there early... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

The Wooden Boat Center offers FREE Sunday cruises. You have to sign up in person and reservation starts at 10 AM. Don't miss it!

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

You have to get their early! We got there 5 mins after opening and were too far back to even get waitlisted. I'd definitely try going again.. tried to rent a boat but, the one we wanted was broken. So kinda sucked but, I think it's great they're offering free rides to the public! I would definitely go! Recommendation.. show... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

You have to get trained to take a little sailboat out, but hey, its fun! They have people there working on wooden boats too. Its like a living piece of history and its next to the Maritime museum.

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DFW
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

I was amazed to see all this great looking boats in an alcove. Great for photography and just to mill about Hurry over there to see for yourself :)

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california
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Right next to the Museum of History and Industry in Lake Union is a museum that allows you to use and visit the boats on premises. Old school boat building school and museum is really interesting. It was great getting lots of good info from Dave.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

We just returned from taking a large group of school-age students to the CWB, and it was a highlight of our 4-day tour to Seattle. Such a unique experience to be out ON THE WATER and paddle yourselves around. Our students loved the experience, and it was a tremendously good value! We learned the history of the Umiaqs, and even... More 

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Cruz Bay, St. John
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

First and foremost I should warn folks if the weather is forecasted to be beautiful (like the day we went) Arrive early. It's suggested you be in-line @ 10am to "book" your free sail. But let me tell you... I arrived @ 8am and there were two other couples already in-line. These lovely couples had missed out on sails several... More 

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Frankfort, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

The center has a few exhibits about wooden boats which are fairly interesting. We enjoyed a quick tour of the Lotus, a very cool wooden boat circa 1909 which they rent out for special events. There's not a whole lot to see, but it was a nice way to spend a short visit. Watching sea planes take off and land... More 

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