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The Center for Wooden Boats

Open Now: 10:00 - 20:00
Open today: 10:00 - 20:00
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Love Of Old Wooden Boats

Being around old boats is so much fun and they have some great old boat such as the Arthur Foss and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Mike O
Edmonds, Washington

Canoes, native boats, sailboats.Historic boats. This place has a variety. We liked it, but it needs... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kathleen F
Kirkland, Washington
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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...more
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1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109-4444
+1 206-382-2628
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Being around old boats is so much fun and they have some great old boat such as the Arthur Foss and the old Seattle fire boat are well worth taking the time to see .

Thank Mike O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Canoes, native boats, sailboats.Historic boats. This place has a variety. We liked it, but it needs more signage, more info, People in Seattle see a lot of boats and need the information to know why this place, these boats are special.It has some, but needs...More

Thank Kathleen F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some real craftsmen dedicated to building and restoring classic wooden boats. They were eager to talk and explain many thing as they worked. It’s free!

Thank MarineAir10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here on a quiet Monday PM & observed a kids class while strolling among the lovely little skiffs & a few larger boats docked there. Sea planes landed & took off close by in the lake every 5-10 minutes coming in just above...More

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Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

I love this place. My nephew turned us on to this place as he has a personal connection here. He put his name in and after a short wait he took us out on the opening day of boating season, to boot. It is a...More

Thank Heidi F
Reviewed 8 August 2018

I visited the Center for Wooden Boats in order to participate in the Free Sunday Sails. I really loved the experience! Like other reviewers have mentioned, it is on a first come-first-serve basis to sign up for a spot on a sail later in the...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We were visiting during the busy Seafair weekend in early August with prime weather. Since we had other plans at 1pm on Sunday, I needed to get the first available slot for a free boat ride for two adults and one child. I went to...More

Thank Mclacl
Reviewed 2 August 2018

We rented a rowboat for the family and cruised around the lake. The staff is very helpful and the center is educational. Glad we stopped in.

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 19 July 2018

An amazing place to get back to the roots of boating. Never lets me down. They even offer free boat rides on Sunday to introduce people to the wonders of it all.

Thank FlutistMarie
Reviewed 18 June 2018

I love Center for Wooden Boats! I took sailing lessons here years ago, and they were really fun. South Lake Union is a gorgeous spot to watch Seaplanes land amongst the wooden boats...a little scary learning how to navigate around sea planes as a sailor,...More

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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