Seattle – Center For Wooden Boats

No matter what time of year you come to the Emerald City, this museum is bustling with Seattle activity from sports-minded locals and visitors as well as history buffs. Here, you can always learn and enjoy doing, not just viewing.

The Center for Wooden Boats offers a unique, engaging Seattle experience which just can’t be found anywhere else. (There’s a somewhat similar option on the Hudson River, in New York City, but Puget Sound [in summer at Camano Island] [in winter – on Lake Union – downtown Seattle] beats the Hudson, any day!)

At CWB, the coffee pot is always full of that famed Seattle brew and the classic boats await, ready for you to explore them at this museum dedicated to Seattle’s small craft maritime heritage.

With a Go Seattle card, head down to South Lake Union Park where, for no charge, you can explore their collection of more than 100 wooden boats. Otherwise, admission is $15 per person.

Be sure to watch master craftsmen engaged in maritime skills: steam-bending an oak frame or casting an oarlock and, yes, carving a traditional cedar Haida Canoe.

Sa-a-du-u-ts, CWB’s Artist-in-Residence, is a Master Haida carver, who has already helped build over 5 canoes in the Seattle area. Currently, there is a 37 foot log cedar canoe in the early stages of being carved. Everyone is welcome to come help carve and to meet Sa-a-du-u-ts. Become part of the canoe family.

As at the maritime museum in Mystic, Connecticut, you can visit one-of-a-kind vessels at the Historic Ships Wharf.

At CWB, you can rent a rowboat on Lake Union to see the visual richness of the city scene, skyline and mountains from the slower paced, unique perspective than on the Sound. In winter, this option is not available daily, like it is in summer, but it usually is still available on week-ends.

This will be quite different from the experience you would have viewing Seattle and the Sound from one of the ferries or other vessels to board which ply the waters near Seattle. That’s worth doing, too.

Hours for the Center For Wooden Boats at Lake Union:
Boat House Museum: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm;
Boat Rental: Winter: Only Weekends and holidays, 12:00 pm-dusk;
Summer: Daily, 12:00 pm-dusk;
Call for details. 206-382-2628

Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Address: 1010 Valley Street
Seattle, WA
Public transportation can be used to come to within a block or so.

Combine this with your trip to the Space Needle. Head north, up Broad Street and Valley and then go a bit east of there to Valley and Terry.


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