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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
10:00 - 20:00
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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

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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Really neat place to see wooden boats!

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... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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
Champaign, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stove, others are sail powered, and another is battery powered. We took the battery powered... More 

Thank Illinifan1980
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 13 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
San Diego, California
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764 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

My husband and I enjoyed all the different wooden boats. So many unique designs that it turned out to be better than i expected.

2 Thank CaribbeanFan79
Sugar Land
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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.

1 Thank CaptainSPI
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank SamCee00
Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews
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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!

Thank John K
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

Thank allycat_m
Seattle, Washington
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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.

Thank ebcnaz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 :)

Thank horaceb136

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