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Hydroplane & Race Boat Museum, Kent

(4.4/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
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  • Was not sure what to expect, but my hopes were exceeded. Volunteers were very pleasant and welcoming. For a small operation, they have lots of interesting craft and if you're into fast boats it is wel...  more »
  • Growing up in the Tri-Cities Washington. I grew up with the hydroplanes every summer for over 20 years. From the good old days of the Thunder boats to the dawning of the turbine powered boats of today...  more »
  • My family visited here last week. We got a private tour as we were the only ones in the museum. The staff was very friendly and had some great stories about speedboat racing. We learned a lot about th...  more »
  • I can't say I knew much about hydroplanes before going to this museum. But, when my friend and I went, for the low cost of $10 per person, we got an almost two hour long guided tour of all the boats in the museum with lots of great stories and first person accounts of the history behind all of them from the curator. It was really awesome!
  • Fantastic place. This is what a museum truly is. Run by volunteers who care and who are happy to show you around and share all their knowledge.
  • Dropped by here on a Tuesday night expecting to spend about an hour looking at some old Seafair memorabilia. I could not have been more wrong. We walked in around 6pm to find about a dozen volunteers eating dinner after a full day of dedicating their time and energy to keeping the museum up and running. Nonetheless, two immediately dropped their forks and welcomed us with open arms. They guided us around the museum, explaining the history and technical aspects of racing hydroplanes with visible passion and pride. We were also surprised to learn that many of the volunteers have experience not only in building and maintaining, but also driving these boats. The treatment we received from the moment we walked in can only be described as "VIP." The museum itself blew me away too - rather than a few dusty pictures and medals, they had at least eight antique and modern hydroplanes inside the building, including several that can (and do) run to this day. We were there a week before Seafair 2016 and sat in one of the two hydroplanes that made an appearance on the water for the "Antique Hydroplanes" segment of the festival. Overall, the volunteers went above and beyond, and it was damn cool to both see and touch these incredible boats that I've only ever seen from afar!
  • Well off the beaten path, hydroplane Museum offers a great slice of local history with regards to the annual hydroplane races at Seafair Festival. Resembling a workshop in some areas comma there are a great amount of artifacts that you would otherwise not find elsewhere including full-size hydroplane, uniforms, newspaper clippings, and great parts of personal collections
  • Had a great time. Many folks took the time to answer my questions and listen to me go on and on about growing up with Thunderboats in the 60's and 70's. I'm sorry that the only two names I remember are Ken and Skip. These two were especially helpful as were a couple more who's names I don't recall. This is a must see for fan and non fan alike. Thanks guys.