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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

April 16 - early June

12:30pm - 8pm Mon, Wed - Fri

10am - 8:00pm Saturday & Sunday


Boat Rental Livery

April 16 - early June

2:30pm - 8pm Mon, Wed - Fri

10am - 8:00pm Saturday & Sunday


CWB is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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


    There are a small number of spaces available in the parking lot next to the SLU Streetcar stop on Valley St. Several spaces are reserved for the Center for Wooden Boats in this lot. Be sure to back into your spot and register your car at the front desk.


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. 

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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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