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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Ballard a Seattle Highlight, Washington

Ballard is a community with maritime and Scandinavian history. A vibrant commercial district with easy accessibility to a wide variety of housing options in varied price ranges. Ballard is a great place for dining and entertainment. The city core offer easy walking to all the popular pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. Old Ballard Ave is super cool with classic old brick buildings housing artist studios, great food options and a hip vibe.

Old Ballard Ave NW

Classic old brick buildings house artist studios, pubs, coffee shops and awesome restaurants. A young vibe in the core of Ballard with activity all year round. Art walks are popular in the summer months.

Hiram Chittenden Locks

One of the most popular attractions in Ballard. The Government locks and gardens with visitor center provides 24/7 access from Puget Sound to the Ship Canal and Lake Union and Lake Washington. A large lock and small lock with viewing areas to watch the ship activity. Its free and a great opportunity to see what makes Ballard rich in maritime history

The Lockspot Cafe

The Lockspot Cafe at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks for over 90 years. They have a large selection of fresh fish and craft beers on tap. It's a convenient place to meet and enjoy lunch when visiting the locks.

Ballard Boys and Girls Club

A great community of young leaders provide a positive direction for our children. The club provides pre-K options and after school programs for children in the community. I have been playing basketball here for over 20 years!

Ray's Boathouse

Ray's Boathouse is a classic Pacific Northwest restaurant and cafe. Dockside on Shilshole bay with great seafood and outstanding views! Don't miss out on the upstairs bar and outdoor deck, relax and enjoy the Northwest at it’s finest!

Waterfront home at ship canal

One of a kind waterfront home at the entrance to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Outstanding location for watching boat traffic entering the locks and Olympic mountain views with spectacular sunsets. Private moorage too!

Shilshole Bay Marina

Shilshole Bay Marina is a great place for every kind of boat: from kayaks to mega-yachts. This Puget Sound favorite is widely regarded as the premier boating and sailing center of the Northwest and the perfect location for as easy getaway, spectacular views, and quiet relaxation. The public is invited to stroll along the promenade, watch sailing races, and attend several public events throughout the year.

Golden Gardens City Park

Golden Gardens Waterfront Park includes wetlands, beaches, hiking trails, and picnic and playground areas. Don't miss the newly remodeled Bathhouse is on the beach looking out over Puget Sound. The Bathhouse can be rented for events through the parks department.

Ballard Community Center and Playground

Located in the heart of Ballard, Ballard Community offers a wide array of programs and special events. Full court Gym, community outreach programs. Ball fields, before and after-school activities, teen programs, sports teams and dance study, a toddler playroom, pottery and exercise classes, senior programs and topical workshops. The gymnasium, kitchen and several meeting rooms are available for rent.

Fishermans Terminal

Fishermans Terminal is located in Salmon Bay and is home to the NW fishing fleet, recreational boaters, fresh seafood market and Chinooks restaurant. You can walk the docks and enjoy the rich Scandinavian history while dining in or picking up fresh seafood.
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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Ballard a Seattle Highlight, Washington