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“Specialized Museum”

Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Kent
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Owner description: A museum chronicling the history of racing in the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle
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204 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Specialized Museum”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

You have to be a boat racing fanatic to appreciate this museum. Plenty of hydroplanes, engines, and history, but does the history help understand the future? Not when it comes to boat racing.

Visited July 2013
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English first
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“If you don't know hydroplanes, don't expect a history lesson”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

Located in an overcrowded, cramped industrial park building it is all but impossible to find. Once the admission fee is paid no one really wants to talk with you and the one person who did knew less about the hydros than we did. The sad part is that we took two younger generations of family with us trying to spark some interest and it was a failure, plain and simple. They need to move into a larger building in a more populated area to attract more people as Seattle is a hydroplane racing town with a rich history of racing.

Visited September 2013
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San Francisco
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48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Best ever hydroplane museum”
Reviewed 13 September 2013 via mobile

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

Visited September 2013
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Kent, Washington
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294 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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“Great spot for hydro fans”
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.

Visited July 2013
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Tigard, Oregon, United States
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2 reviews
“More Room”
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.

Visited August 2012
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Thank Scott C
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