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South Lake Union

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.

Admission to The Center for Wooden Boats is always free! Some programs, such as boat rentals, have associated fees, and others have suggested donations. Walking the docks, exploring the boats and browsing the exhibits is always free of charge. We look forward to seeing you here soon!

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The Boathouse & Gallery

October 24th - Spring 2017

Weekdays 10:00am - 5:00pm

Weekends 10:00am - 5:00pm


Boat Rental Livery

October 24th - Spring 2017

10:00am - 5:00pm or sunset weekends, last boat out at 3:45pm


Map & Directions

The Center for Wooden Boats at South Lake Union is just one mile from downtown Seattle and easily accessed by foot, by public transportation, and by car.

Reach us by Car

South Lake Union is just a five minute drive from Downtown Seattle. Ongoing construction of surrounding roads and highways may effect your trip. We encourage you to explore area parking options and check construction updates before heading our way.


Road Closures & Updates

By Streetcar

Seattle Streetcar offers quick, convenient transport between Downtown Seattle and South Lake Union

Map, Fares and Schedule

By Bus

SLU is serviced by the following Metro bus lines: 26, 28, 70, 71, 72, 73, and 40. 

Plan your trip now

By Ferry

The mini ferry from UW to Lake Union Park is temporarily out of service. 

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Local Weather

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