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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!

local weather

Wondering if it’s a sailing or rowing day? We’ve got a weather station!

Click here to see the weather details at South Lake Union


ADA Accessible spaces are available for vehicles with disability permits or for visitors requiring drop-off in both the South parking lot and the North parking lot, next to MOHAI.  Follow the directions at the gate for access to this lot.

Our docks are wheelchair accessible. Please exercise caution, as our docks can be uneven or slippery depending on the weather.


The Center for Wooden Boats has two gender-neutral family restrooms located in the Boathouse. Additional restrooms are open to the public at the MOHAI café during their open hours.

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The Boathouse & Gallery

Oct 23rd - March 16, 2018

Wednesday - Sunday

10:00am - 5:00pm


Boat Rental Livery

Oct 23rd - Spring 2018

Weekends: 10:00am - 5:00pm or sunset


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. 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.

Reach us by Car

South Lake Union is just a five minute drive from Downtown Seattle.


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: 40, 62, 70, 83, and C Line. 

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