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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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Great afternoon on the water!

We went along for a free boat trip on a Sunday and loved every minute of it! We arrived at about 9am to secure a trip on a sail boat. The captain was friendly and informative. The... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2015
Mr W
Fleet, United Kingdom
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

We went along for a free boat trip on a Sunday and loved every minute of it! We arrived at about 9am to secure a trip on a sail boat. The captain was friendly and informative. The centre had a great sense of community about it. There were also several artefacts and pieces to look at.

1 Thank Mr W
New York City, New York
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2015

Great place where you rent historic wooden boats. Very well run operation and doesn't get super packed so it's relaxed. Highly recommended for something that not everyone else is doing.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

we were on our way to the larger museum next store when we saw the Center. What a great collection of wooden boat craftsmanship and informative displays. You can sign up in advance to sail on some of their boats as well.

1 Thank RWG2020
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2015

There was not much at this little center, although what they did have was neat, I would have to say the best part was sitting at the end of the dock watching the tour seaplanes take off and land. I didn't spend all that much time here.

1 Thank CA_Accessories_Corp
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

If you love wooden sailboats this is it. Old boats of many classes. All beautiful. Most available for charter! Docents are very knowledgeable. Seem to have programs for kids

Thank Linda F
Bellevue, Washington
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

Fun, low key collection of wooden boats right next to MOHAI at South Lake Union Park. Try the free boat rides on Sundays!

1 Thank aclayjar
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2015

We got there about 9:30 and the line was already pretty long. We didn't get on a sail boat like I was hoping but we got on a smaller boat that fit the 3 of us and got more a more personal/private tour of the lake which was a bit better in my opinion! Great FREE thing to do in... More 

2 Thank Suzan S
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2015

While this is a low-key attraction without entry fee or crowds, we enjoyed it immensely. Lots of old boats in various states of repair and restoration. Free rides if you want them.

2 Thank hobbes63069
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 6 May 2015 via mobile

Stop by to see the very cool wooden boats. They have their own parking and its marked. If you get one of those spots it's free. The boats are beautiful. They also have an old fire boat too, as well as other types. It is interesting and they have a cool small gift shop.

1 Thank Tamara S
Milton, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2015

I somehow came across a site that said they had free sailboat rides here on Sundays?!?!? REALLY! I couldn't believe that but its true. Starting 10am-4pm they offer rides on various boats. You need to get there about 9.15 so that you can choose what boat you'd like to try. Then they give you a time slot and you come... More 

4 Thank shannijones

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