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The Center for Wooden Boats

1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109-4444
+1 206-382-2628
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Great Place, Relaxing and educational. Great views!

I love Center for Wooden Boats! I took sailing lessons here years ago, and they were really fun... read more

Reviewed yesterday
flyergyrl
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Seattle, Washington
Unique in all the US!

While a few wooden boat organizations exist, none are so accessible, or located in such a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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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 you'll find when you visit.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109-4444
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+1 206-382-2628
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank flyergyrl
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While a few wooden boat organizations exist, none are so accessible, or located in such a beautiful spot, as the CWB. You absolutely don't have to know anything about wooden boats to enjoy this place, but if you're already an enthusiast, you'll find plenty to...More

Thank Sophie F
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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

What a great day to take a free sailing trip. We had an hour ride and each had a chance to learn to sail. We also saw many sea planes taking off and landing in the shared lake. Our skipper was so informative and told...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

I typically sail larger boats in Southern California but this place caught my attention as I visit Seattle frequently. It has been a long time since I sailed a smaller boat with no auxiliary engine. I took a lesson with Derek and so much enjoyed...More

Thank Tony K
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Considering this is totally free I dont see how you could say anything negative at all about this activity. The volunteers there are very courteous and welcoming. The right was pretty short so thats why I rated it a 4 instead of a 5. So...More

Thank ConfederateMike
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

My kids take sailing lessons here every summer. It really is a treasure. They have a second location on Camano Island where you can rent boats to take out on the Puget Sound. The Lake Union original lets you take boats onto Lake Union to...More

Thank Mark R
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Did you know that the Center for Wooden Boats gives free boat rides on Sunday mornings? We were so glad to have found that out and that we were visiting on a Sunday! Our shuttle driver from the hotel had never heard about this before...More

Thank Gina E
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

This mainly open air museum is very interesting and tries to teach people about sailing and boating. I liked all the wooden boats that had tied up to show you the different styles of wooden boats. They have a small Visitors Center with a gift...More

Thank jehenson81
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

At the base of Lake Union, next to MUSEUM OF HISTORY & INDUSTRY, Easy access by Street Car, impossible access by car since the Amazon and related development changed (rapidly) the old warehouse district over to Office and residential building. Take a urban hike South...More

Thank todrodman
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

A visit to the Center for Wooden Boats is great thing to do with someone visiting Seattle. It's a really well run organization. It offers some hands on experiences as well as interesting boats to see. There are times that they offer free rides on...More

Thank Alec D
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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
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