Ballard is one of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods and was settled by Danish and Finish immigrants in the mid 1800s. Today, its Scandinavian roots are reflected in its historic landmarks and attractive winding streets.
Trendy cafes, neighborhood pubs and unique shops have made Ballard a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. Stores range from home design shops that focus on "green living" to the latest in chic apparel. Visitors can find a wide range of ethnic restaurants in Ballard, from popular Thai cuisine to upscale dining.
Ballard's pubs, like its restaurants, are often known as much for their unusual settings as for their excellent fare. Converted hardware stores, historic buildings and Ballard's famous library have become settings for unique meeting places, adding to the attractive atmosphere that makes up one of Seattle's most popular neighborhoods.
Overlooking Salmon Bay, the community of Ballard is often associated with the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, what is locally known as the Ballard Locks. This waterway at the northwest end of Seattle provides an essential link between Puget Sound and Seattle's two principal lakes, Lake Union and Lake Washington. A favorite location for strolling or for boating, the Ballard Locks are a popular summertime attraction.
The community of Ballard is also known for its Golden Garden Park, with its panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains, sandy beaches and winding forest trails. The park includes an off-leash dog park, fishing pier and boat launch.
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