Free Programs

We believe everyone should have access to maritime heritage


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 4 adults and are perfect for rowers of all experiences.

  • Go through our online reservation system and take a rowboat 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.

Our free programs are supported, in part, by:

Other FREE Programs at CWB!


CastOFF! Sunday Public Sail


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.

A boy and girl Building Toy Wooden Boats

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!

Explore things to do at Cama →

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.

Wooden Boat Storytime

Join Sue Kimpton for Wooden Boat Storytime 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 for a preview of the fun.

Wooden Boat Storytime will take place every 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 11AM-12PM in our floating Boathouse. Every 2nd Thursday Storytime will also include wooden toyboat building! This program is best suited for pre-k, kindergarten, and early elementary aged kids.

2023 Wooden Boat Story Time Dates:

Jan. 12 & 26 | Feb. 9 & 23 | Mar. 9 & 23

Apr. 13 & 27 | May 11 & 25 | Jun. 8 & 22

Jul. 13 & 27 | Aug. 10 & 24 | Sept. 14 & 28

Oct. 12 & 26 | Nov. 9

Check out videos of Sue leading Tugboat Storytime aboard historic Tugboat Arthur Foss available on our YouTube Channel!

Panoramic view of CWB

Explore Our Campus

It’s always free to walk our docks, explore our new Wagner Education Center, and view our exhibits.

View our locations here →

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