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The Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle

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  • This is a touchable musume. You can even take a ride on a 114 year old Gillnetter sailboat. The best time to visit is on Sundays (all year round) for they offer free rides on some of their vessels. During the summer months, it's best to show up early to get a seat. The docks are always open just for a stroll or read a book. There are sailboats you can rent and lessons for children and adults. You can even rent a rowboat with no experience. If you have some spare time, there are plenty of volunteer positions. You can even earn free rental hours.
  • When the lures are activated, it's the best place to Catch 'em All. Very popular during lunch time for that reason. EDIT: With schools in Seattle resuming and the weather looking a little less sunny, the popularity drop has been very steep the last two weeks. It's still a fun place to walk through.
  • One person can ruin your experience. We only had one day in Seattle which happened to be on a Sunday so we decided to go to the CWB. Yes, they give free boat rides. You need to line up early to book your time and type of ride. Everything was fine until we got to the greeter (I'll call him greeter) who tells you what is available and asks which you prefer. He was so sarcastic and such a jerk. Not even a funny sarcastic! He didn't seem to be like that with the people before us even though they took a while to decide what they wanted, so apparently we rubbed him the wrong way. I felt so belittled by the end of the exchange. I wish I would have said something to him or at least asked for his name 😠 I know it's free, that's not the point. He is also probably volunteering, so he doesn't need to be there if he doesn't enjoy it. The lady inside was super nice though. Sadly, we left feeling upset about the guy and later found something else to do on the lake so we just skipped the boat ride with CWB.
  • this place is great! my friend and i rented a rowboat. we made it all the way to the north side of the lake. The price is fair and the view is awesome. I decided to become a member the first time i was there.
  • One of my favorite places in Seattle since I was a little kid. The 4th of July festival is not to be missed, classes and volunteer opportunities are wonderful and meaningful.
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