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Private Beach Access in Ballard

Hiram Chittenden Locks

Referred to as the Ballard Locks by the locals, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks was completed in 1917. It’s one of Seattle’s top maritime sites and draws more than 1 million visitors a year. Seattle’s freshwater waterways are about 20 feet above the Puget Sound saltwater at sea level, and the Locks are raised and lowered daily for all manner of vessels; fishing boats, tugs, yachts and even kayaks.

Salmon conservation is also a main function of the Locks; visitors can watch salmon swim up the fish ladder through the locks. The Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden is also on the grounds, featuring plants and trees from around the world

Hours vary by season.
3015 N.W. 54th St., Seattle • 206-783-7059 •
Government Locks

Nordic Heritage Museum

Sharing the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden and their influence in the Pacific Northwest with exhibits and events, The Nordic Heritage Museum is one of Ballard’s major attractions. Permanent exhibits include: “The Dream of America,” the story of immigration in lifelike dioramas; “The Promise of the Northwest” galleries, focusing on the logging and fishing industries that employed many immigrants who brought skills learned in the old country. Each of the five Nordic countries has its own gallery.

The Nordic Heritage Museum broke ground last month for a new museum, scheduled to open in 2018 on Market Street in the heart of Ballard. The new site, designed around a “fjord” that weaves together stories of homeland and the Nordic American experience, will have exhibition galleries, a cafe, store, auditorium and classrooms.

In its current location, the museum includes a shop with Nordic and Nordic-inspired books, jewelry, flags, treats, and housewares, open during museum hours, Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6-$8, ages 5 and younger get in free.

3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle • 206-789-5707 •

Golden Gardens Park

Golden Gardens has great views of the Olympic mountains, and is one of the very best places in Seattle to watch the sunset. There is an expansive picnic area right on the beach with fire pits. The picnic shelters can be reserved in advance, and there is a beach house with restrooms. There are many trails around the 87 acre park, including a short loop through a wetland area. Golden Gardens also features a boat launch and a fishing pier. There is an acre in the upper portion of the park which is an off-leash area for dogs; dogs aren’t allowed on beaches in Seattle parks.

8498 Seaview Place N.W., Seattle • 206-684-4081 •

Shilshole Bay Marina

With over 1400 slips for everything from Kayaks to Yachts, Shilshole Bay Marina is considered the sailing center of the Northwest and a favorite choice for sailboaters and powerboaters alike. Guest and monthly moorage are available.

7001 Seaview Ave. N.W Seattle, WA • (206) 787 - 3006 • website

Shilshole Bay Marina

Carkeek Park

With extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, Carkeek Park features 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach. Walk, hike, swim, and picnic. Kids will enjoy the unique salmon-themed playground area. Hand carry boating access is located at the shoreline south of the overpass and extending south for 300'. Access is restricted to boats arriving by water only.

950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle, WA

Bergen Place

Bergen Place Park in downtown Ballard is located in the heart of the business district on the triangular site between Leary Avenue, 22nd Avenue NW, and Market Street. Benches and trees line the open square. The park is home to Artist Jenn Lee Dixon's "Witness Trees" and a community information kiosk. Bergen Place was named for Bergen, Norway, one of Seattle's International Sister Cities.

5420 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA • (206) 684-4075

Sunset Hill Park

With amazing views of the Olympic Mountains, the Shilshole Bay Marina & Elliott Bay, this tiny park is a great little neighborhood secret, and, as you might guess from the name, a perfect place to watch the sunset.

7531 34th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA

Salmon Bay Park

A little neighborhood park in Ballard, which features a big playground with baby swings, sandbox, slides etc., bathroom facilities, and benches.

2001 NW Canoe Pl., Seattle, WA 98117
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