Ballard, located in North Seattle, is known by locals as a friendly area home to many delicious restaurants and great views. If you’ve been to Ballard you have probably noticed all of the beautiful historic brick buildings that keep the charm of old Seattle strong.
The Ballard Locks
In the heart of Ballard is the historic Ballard Locks, one of the area’s busiest tourist destinations. Visitors can watch as boats as large as 760ft travel through the canal that connects the Puget Sound and Lake Union. The locks are not only critical to travelers by boat, but also to our salmon population. The locks are home to a 21-step fish ladder that serves to help local salmon that are spawning get to freshwater in order to lay their eggs in a safe safety, as well as allow safe passage for newly hatched salmon to return to saltwater.
The Fisherman’s Terminal
Just southeast of the Ballard Locks is the Fishermans Terminal. Opened in 1914, the Fisherman’s Terminal is home to Seattle’s commercial fishing fleet. This dock is operated by the Port of Seattle and serves more than 700 boats and ships. If you have ever seen Deadliest Catch, chances are you have seen this area. It is home to many of the boats featured on the Discovery Channel hit. Just inside there are opportunities for dining and shopping. Head inside to Chinook’s at Salmon Bay for the best clam chowder in Seattle.
Ballard is home to many trails, parks, and beaches for the community to enjoy. One of the most popular, and largest is Golden Gardens Park. Not only are there beautiful views of the mountains and sailboats, but this park has so much to offer. There are volleyball nets set up, a playground, picnic tables, a beach area, and a dog park. You may even spot a sea lion or two!
When you visit Ballard you will never run out of things to do. Whether it is watching the boats pass through the locks or eating at Chinook’s at Salmon Bay, you will be entertained by the flare of this North Seattle neighborhood.