The historic heart of North Seattle, Ballard's waterfront Fisherman's Terminal is the home port of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet (made famous by the TV show Deadliest Catch). The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (aka Ballard Locks) are a 1916 engineering marvel that connects freshwater Lake Washington and Lake Union with Puget Sound in a 26-ft drop. The Locks attract visitors with botanical gardens, hiking trails, and underground viewing windows to watch spawning salmon negotiate fish ladders on their way to Lake Washington. Historic downtown Ballard is pedestrian friendly and home to trendy boutiques, clubs, coffee houses and bistros. Don't miss the Ballard Avenue Sunday Farmer's Market, held year-round. One of Ballard's hidden gems is Carkeek Park, 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands and beaches crisscrossed with well-maintained hiking trails.
Getting Around Seattle
The best way to get around Seattle is by walking and using public transit. The LINK Light Rail is efficient and inexpensive. If you plan on exploring the greater Seattle area, a car is a better option. The LINK will take you downtown from the airport for about $2.50 in about 30 minutes.
Nearby Airports
  • Seattle Tacoma International Airport-SEA
Airport Taxis
  • $45
Things to Do and See Near Ballard