Ballard Avenue was the home of the first commercial district but now consists of art studios, shops, bars, and varied music venues.
The 100-year-old Ballard Locks draw thousands of visitors each year, vying for the best view of not only the passing ships but also the underwater ladders observatory, built for migrating salmon.
Golden Gardens Park is the perfect site for a summer outing. It boasts the expected barbecue pits and grassy areas for picnics and kite flying, but also has a sandy beach for volleyball and sandcastle building.
Don’t miss the Ballard Farmer’s Market each Sunday, where you can get local fresh produce and artistic treasures of surprising kinds.