The Seattle Lake Union Boats Afloat Show is the largest floating boat show on the west coast. For the newbie looking to get into boating, or the boater just back from a summer of cruising and lusting after a bigger boat, it’s the place to kick some anchors. With more than 200 new and used boats on display there are plenty to kick.
At the show you’ll find new and used boats for every budget, activity, and lifestyle. From inflatables and dinghies, canoes and kayaks, personal watercraft, motor boats to sailboats, cruisers to mega yachts, working boats, and everything in between, Boats Afloat has it all.
2018 Boats Afloat Show Information
When: Thursday – Sunday, September 13-16, 2018. Hours: Weekdays 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Weekends 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: South Lake Union, 901 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133.
Parking: Various lots in the area. Or take the Seattle Streetcar, which connects to other public transit systems such as Link light rail, Monorail, and Metro Transit. More info: http://www.boatsafloatshow.com/parking.htm
Tickets: $14 adults, $5 for kids 13-17. Kids 12 and under are free. All Access Pass: $25. Advance purchase $3 Weekend Parking at 300 Yale St. North with free shuttle.
Discounts: Save $7 on Adult or All Access Pass online advance purchase thru 8/19 at 11PM. More info: http://www.boatsafloatshow.com/tickets.htm. Bonus online ticket purchase: Purchase your tickets online and receive a one-year Sea Magazine/Boating World subscription.
Free boat rides: Cruise Lake Union on a free 45-minute power or sailboat ride right from the docks of the Boats Afloat Show! Every day of the show, Seattle Sailing Club will have 26’ to 35’ sailboats available to ride – get involved and help handle the lines or even steer yourself, or just sit back and enjoy the water. You can also hop aboard a variety of power boats with Seattle Boat Share and get a taste of different boat styles while taking in the boat show from a whole new angle. 45-minute boat rides leave on the hour. All ages welcome.
Free Kids Toy Boating Building: Use traditional tools to build and decorate your own wooden boat with the crew from the Center for Wooden Boats*. Grab a hull and sail, drill a step for a mast, and build your very own toy boat! Younger children may need help using our hand drills and hammers, but everyone will have a great time decorating their boat with bottle caps, corks, and crayons. HOURS: Saturday, Sept. 15: 10 AM – 6 PM. Sunday, Sept. 16: 10 AM – 6 PM.
*The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) celebrates Seattle’s rich, vital, and varied small craft heritage by preserving and sharing both the artifacts and the time-tested maritime skills of sailing, paddling, boatbuilding, and boat maintenance. CWB is located adjacent to Boats Afloat at 1010 Valley Street (a 5-minute walk). Admission to The Center for Wooden Boats is always free. Walking the docks, exploring the boats and browsing the exhibits is always free of charge. Some programs, such as boat rentals, have associated fees, and others have suggested donations.
The Lake Union Boats Afloat Show is the largest floating boat show on the West Coast. Over 300 major boat shows world-wide are tracked by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
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Boats Afloat is a Seafair sanctioned festival:
Chandler’s Cove, 901 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109