Looking for a free and fun activity during your vacation to Seattle? Then plan a visit to The Center for Wooden boats for a free Sunday public sail on the beautiful South Lake Union.
If you are visiting Seattle and looking for a free and exciting activity, then you need to check out The Center For Wooden Boats. The Center for Wood Boats is a maritime museum on South Lake Union in Seattle. They also have a location at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island. Both places offer regular exhibits, sailing lessons, and boat rentals. Admission is always free!
Another free and fun activity offered only at the South Lake Union location is the Sunday Public Sail. Every Sunday, starting at 11 AM, the center offers free 45 minute rides on South Lake Union. Sign-up for the sails begin at 10 AM. If it is a sunny day (or even decent day), there is usually a long line already waiting at 10 AM to get signed up for one of the day’s sails. I would recommend getting there at 9:30 AM, or else you might end up on the waitlist. It’s a popular activity and spots go quickly. Sorry, no reservations in advance, unless you are a paying Center For Wooden Boats member. Rain or shine these sails will happen and since it does rain a lot in Seattle don’t let that stop you from going on a sail!
After signing up, you might have to wait for a couple of hours, but don’t worry, there is plenty to do in the area while waiting.
Here are four other things you can do while waiting,
1. Arrive early and sign up for the last sailing and then check out MOHAI – The Museum of History & Industry. It’s right next to The Center For Wooden Boats. Make sure you plan your time accordingly though, there is a lot to see at MOHAI!
2. Grab a cup of Chowder at Duke’s Chowder House – on South Lake Union. It’s a 10- minute walk from the center.
3. Visit the Space Needle at Seattle Center. It’s a 20-minute walk from the center. Remember to pay attention to time if you choose this option. The Space Needle can be very busy on a sunny Sunday.
4. Walk around Lake Union Park. The Center and MOHAI are both a part of the Park. You can also check out Northwest Seaport, another maritime museum located in the park.
If you are planning a trip to Seattle, don’t forget to add The Center For Wooden Boats (South Lake Union) to your itinerary.
We hope you will enjoy your time in Seattle as much as we did!