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Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

5917 S 196th St, Kent, WA 98032-2132
+1 206-764-9453
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a great place to see the old piston powered thunderboats (and one token turbine boat)

I only remember a bit of the old piston powered from the ABC wide world of sports broadcasts. My... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
rmgis
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Spring Creek, Nevada
Unlimited Haven!

I grew up watching the Gold Cup races on the Detroit River in the 1960's, and was always fascinated... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2017
Birddog52
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Grand Ledge, Michigan, United States
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A museum chronicling the history of racing in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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5917 S 196th St, Kent, WA 98032-2132
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

I only remember a bit of the old piston powered from the ABC wide world of sports broadcasts. My wife however lived it as her dad was heavily involved in the sport while she was growing up. The collection of old boats in various states...More

Thank rmgis
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

I grew up watching the Gold Cup races on the Detroit River in the 1960's, and was always fascinated by the speed and roar of the Unlimited Hydroplanes. While recently visiting our daughter who lives in Seattle, I discovered this small "museum" and decided to...More

Thank Birddog52
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

I have always followed and attended hydroplane racing and decided it was time to check out the museum. Event if you know any hydroplane history ask to have someone guide you through a tour. There is no extra cost to have a guided tour and...More

Thank Waltj-Seattle
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

Was not sure what to expect, but my hopes were exceeded. Volunteers were very pleasant and welcoming. For a small operation, they have lots of interesting craft and if you're into fast boats it is well worth visiting someday. Not that far from SeaTac airport.

Thank Doug R
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

Growing up in the Tri-Cities Washington. I grew up with the hydroplanes every summer for over 20 years. From the good old days of the Thunder boats to the dawning of the turbine powered boats of today. It was a great walk down memory lane...More

Thank Jim B
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

My family visited here last week. We got a private tour as we were the only ones in the museum. The staff was very friendly and had some great stories about speedboat racing. We learned a lot about the history of speedboat racing and got...More

Thank TSP2014
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Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a fantastically informative visit guided by the museum's "A Team". If there is anything you wanted to know/learn about hydroplanes and hydroplane racing this is Mecca.

Thank youngbadger
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Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

The hydroplane and race boat museum is a must see! The history of the sport and the boats themselves are incredible! Everyone there is so nice and they will fill you in on the history of the sport and give you facts about the boats....More

Thank Sheila P
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Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

This was the first museum that my family and I saw on our vacation and it was pretty cool. In from the south so we really do not have anything like this. It was really cool to learn about the history of hydroplanes. Nice history....More

Thank Tara P
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Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

It's been an ambition for some time to visit the museum so added in a few days in Seattle on route to Vancouver . It didn't disappoint from the enthusiastic and welcoming volunteers to the hydros all first class . If you have any interest...More

Thank George M
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