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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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Beautiful wooden boats

The boats are beautiful examples of wood craftsmanship and on a glorious sunny day it is lovely to... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2017
Karin H
Antwerp, Belgium
via mobile
Don't miss the boat!

We've been to Seattle several times and this is the fist time to visit the Center for Wooden Boats... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
Greenville, South Carolina
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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Waterway 4, South end of Lake Union, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109
+1 206-382-2628
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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!

Thank Karin H
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
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
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
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

Thank Triplehorn13
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
Reviewed 23 June 2017

There is a small selection of perhaps 12 wooden boats of various types simply for viewing with placards giving statistics and history. Some you can board. If you know how to sail you can rent a 20 foot boat for $35 and hour then additional...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 27 April 2017

This is a really cool organization that supports the preservation of wooden boats. If you like boats and like history, I strongly suggest you take the time to go here. It's very interesting and a worthwhile organization to support. Definitely a history nerd destination! cwb.org

Thank CaptTrouble
Reviewed 11 April 2017

What a gem! If you can go on a Sunday, get there EARLY (9am) and sign up for a free boat ride. There are a lot of different types of wooden boats that are all different and unique. One is steam powered with a cool...More

2  Thank Illinifan1980
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The Free Sunday Sail program is a great way to get out on the water and a free tour around Lake Washington with a historical guide. Anyone feeling ambitious could rent a boat and do their own tour!

Thank Garyh01
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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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