The Magic of Ballard

Ballard is located in Seattle, Washington, and is a considerably large neighborhood just across the ship canal from the the Magnolia neighborhood, just west of Queen Anne and downtown. Puget Sound’s Shilshole Bay borders its westernmost side, making a large portion of this neighborhood right on the waterfront. The Washington Ship Canal, it’s southernmost edge, connects Lake Washington, the second largest lake in the state with Lake Union, the small freshwater lake that sits just to the north of downtown Seattle.
Ballard is a hub for artists, jazz lovers, history-buffs, young people, families and professionals. It truly features an eclectic blend of Seattle locals, and for good reason. Ballard is known for being a particularly beautiful area of Washington, with its ocean views and direct water access. Golden Gardens Park borders the westernmost edge of Ballard along the ocean, and is one of the most beautiful parks in all of Washington. It is also one of the most popular. With views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, it is simply one of the best places to have a picnic, go ocean swimming, play volleyball, sunbath, hike along the rugged coastline or go fishing off the pier. There was even an off-leash dog park recently added.
Downtown Ballard is a treat for residents and tourists alike. Featuring some of the most excellent shopping, coffee shops, bars and restaurants in the state, it should not be missed. This neighborhood is known especially for its pan-Asian restaurants and, of course, its Scandinavian inspired cuisine. Restaurant brunch attracts tourists and locals and it is a famous neighbourhood for live music restaurants. The Ballard Seafood Festival draws a great crowd, and the art walk put on every second Saturday of the month is a truly special event. There is a thriving arts community in Ballard, and its comes to life during the art walk. There is an especial love for jazz in the area as well, and the musicians add color and life.