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“Best ever hydroplane museum”

Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
Ranked #4 of 21 things to do in Kent
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Owner description: A museum chronicling the history of racing in the Pacific Northwest.
Reviewed 13 September 2013 via mobile

Older hydroplanes on display. Well maintained. Excellent tour from an enthusiastic guide. Nice videos.

1  Thank rammer2001
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

OK - you have to be familiar with those giant boats of the 1960s and 1970... the hydroplanes. Although I grew up in Minneapolis, the hydros visited every summer and, as kids, we collected the little plastic boats and played with them in the lakes. Fun.

In Seattle, though, it was the culture. Everyone turned out for the races and drivers were heroes. This museum has a good selection of boats and a lot of memorabilia that fun to history buffs. It's Seattle in 1965. The workshop is visible and the staff is knowledgeable and enjoys both the work and visitors. It's a bit hard to find (use Google maps), but worth a few hours of your time.

Hint: for some local food, drive east on 190th to W. Valley Hwy (also called 68th Ave S). Turn south and a few miles down the road is Caveman Kitchen. Outside dining (only!), but great smoked meats and a local tradition.

Thank Andy W
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

If you like racing boat this place is worth visiting. They have many boats and lots of memorabilia. A bigger building would be nice.

Thank Scott C
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

Ive grown up watching hydroplanes, but never really hear about the history of them. The staff of volunteers were very informative and friendly. Most of them have worked on the boats you will see here. It costs $10 to get in which I feel is a bit pricey but look for the 2 for 1 admission coupons just sitting on the counter.

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Reviewed 25 December 2011

I can never seem to get enough of this place. I grew up in Seattle when Unlimited Hydroplane Racing was the major league attraction every August. Thunderboats they called them, 30-foot long 180 MPH aircraft-engine powered craft, skimming on top and, often, out of the water. The rivalry between Detroit and Seattle for possession of the famed Gold Cup was greater than anything between Boston and New York in Baseball.

If you're a devotee of this high-speed sport, allow at least half-a-day to go through this place to see some legendary race boats from 1918 and into the modern era. the displays, artififacts, and films alone will take fascinate you. Great gift shop too. Very modest admission fee and minutes from Sea-Tac airport if you have a long layover between flights.

Be sure to visit the restoration shop. The friendly docent staff will give you a free tour.

4  Thank last901
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