We believe everyone should have access to maritime heritage.
Our free programs are supported, in part, by:
In lieu of our Sunday Public Sail, one and all are encouraged to reserve one of our peapod rowboats for free one-hour rentals at our South Lake Union Location!
Available Wednesday-Sunday all year long!
These boats can hold up to 5 adults and are perfect for rowers of all experiences. Just go through our online reservation system and take one out today!
Our free program books quickly and is available 2-3 weeks in advance. We open a new week of availability every Sunday night. If you do not see any available slots, they are currently full and we kindly suggest you check back as cancellations may occur. In the meantime, feel free to come on down and rent one of our other rowboats, kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards anytime during regular business hours!
Exhibit and Livery Hours Can Be Found Here.
CastOFF! Sunday Public Sail
POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE AS WE RE-TRAIN OUR SKIPPERS AND PREPARE OUR FLEET. WE EXPECT TO OFFER FREE PUBLIC SAILS AGAIN IN LATE 2022 OR 2023.
A Seattle tradition for more than 25 years! Our volunteer skippers and crew take passengers out on Lake Union for unforgettable voyages. Sprit boats, steamboats, electric boats, schooners, ketches, yawls, and yachts: come every Sunday to sail them all, year-round, rain or shine for free.
POSTPONED until further notice.
Saturday Toy Boat Building at Cama Beach
Cama Beach State Park, CWB Boathouse (Camano Island)
Every Saturday during the summer. We provide the materials, you provide the creativity! 11am – 2pm. Suggested $5 donation!
3rd Friday Speaker Series
The Center for Wooden Boats 3rd Friday Speaker Series is a monthly event where a speaker of wit and experience joins CWB to share their special knowledge. It is also an opportunity for CWB members to mingle with other attendees and the staff. The talks usually take place in the Wagner Education Center from 7-9pm, and just like museum admission, the program is always free.
Check our calendar of events for upcoming speakers.
Do you have a story you would like to share or know someone who does? Nominate them today!
Pond Boat Rental
Saturday, Sunday and First Thursday of the month 11am – 2pm*
$5 Suggested Donation
Lake Union Park features a two foot deep, 100 foot wide model boat pond. This pond is one of only a handful in the country, and is open to the public year-round. All types of boats are welcome in the pond, with the exception of gas-powered hydroplanes. Bring your own model boat or borrow one of ours! CWB is proud to help bring the park to life.
POSTPONED until further notice.
Tugboat Story Time
Join Sue Kimpton aboard the historic Arthur Foss Tug and be enchanted by her irrepressible wit and storytelling charm. Let your imagination soar and your inner child take flight – you and your child will both enjoy a romp down “Story Time Lane” that is a must see! Please visit her website at www.happytales.me for a preview of the fun.
Tugboat Storytime takes place aboard the historic Tugboat Arthur Foss, managed by Northwest Seaport. The vessel is located on the Historic Ships Wharf, just West of CWB’s floating Boathouse and North of MOHAI.
Now available virtually through our YouTube Channel!