The Centre for Wooden Boats is a hands on and interactive museum where one can pick from an array of activities, from building boats, attending workshops on boats, rowing down the river, caulking a seam or fastening a plank! They do it old school over here! A line on their website states, “Come learn with us, play with us, sit with us, sail with us”. A definite visit for boat lovers.
- Entrance to the place is free. However, boat rentals and workshop fees apply.
The Boathouse and Gallery:
- Min-June to September 3rd (Summer): 12:30pm - 8:00pm (Weekdays), 10:00am – 8:00pm (Weekends), Tuesday - Closed
- September 4th to 26th (Late Summer): 12:30pm - 7:00pm (weekdays), 10:00am – 7:00pm (Weekends) ; Monday & Tuesday - Closed
Boat Rental Livery:
Mid-June to 3rd September:
- Weekdays - 12:30 pm (Last boat goes out at 6:45 pm)
- Weekends - 10:00 am (Last boat goes out at 6:45 pm)
- Closed on Tuesday.
September 4th to 26th:
- Weekdays: 12:30 pm – 7:00 pm
- Weekends: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Last boat out: 5:45 pm
- Closed Monday and Tuesday.
- SLU Streetcar & Terry Ave N light rail stop
- Fairview Ave N & Valley Street bus stop
- Daniel’s Broiler
- Chandler’s Crabhouse
- Compass Cafe
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14.16% of people who visit Seattle include Centre For Wooden Boats in their plan
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We came here on Sunday when they offer free rides by volunteer boat drivers. We were supposed to go whale watching but it got cancelled so this was a perfect second option. We had about 45 minutes out on the water with an amazing guide and got to see some amazing things we wouldn't have normally seen online. The day was beautiful and I could not recommend coming here more! They do take donations to keep them running.
A really cool spot that is not on the radar for most Seattlites. This place really allows you to get a feel for the history of wooden boats and the Lake Union. Extremely cheap prices to allow you to either take your own boat out or ride with some staff. Sunday mornings allow you to ride for free as well. Not too much history and exhibits as they're in the middle of building a brand new museum.
I'm not a boatman but I am a craftsman, and it was really interesting to see how boats are made. Their new building is pretty awesome too.
I've been here once, and it looks amazing. They have small boats for rent (both sailed and rowed), and offer classes on small boat handling & sailing. Definitely will be back - summer on the water, what could be better?
Upon arriving, I was confused about what the “Center” was, but soon found the “Boat House” which serves as a source for visitor information. Basically, the Center for Wooden Boats encourages you to walk along the dock and look at a few boats (free) or rent a boat and go out on the water ($$). There were a few signs with information about sailing, but overall there isn’t much substance if you’re hoping for a museum-type experience. Though they do offer the experience of sailing on a larger boat with an employee, I wish they offered it some days other than Sunday.