The Ballard NeighborhoodCheck Out What's Close to Talta
Bustling yet peaceful, historic yet modern, Ballard is a wonderful neighborhood with a little something for every type of resident. In recent years, Ballard has become one of the city’s more popular foodie destinations while also being home to a thriving craft beer scene and an amazing variety of quirky retail stores. The neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind vibe frequently makes it feel like it’s a city entirely separate from Seattle. And in fact, Ballard was its own city until 1907 when it was annexed by Seattle. While the annexation happened over 100 years ago, “Free Ballard” signs and bumper stickers are still a common sight in and around the city. The misgivings that the Ballardites of yesteryear had about being a part of Seattle have helped to ensure that Ballard has maintained its own unique cultural character throughout the years.
Dining & Shopping Near Talta
Attractions Near Talta
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks & Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Gardens
Distance from Talta: 2 miles
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, also known as the Ballard Locks, link Puget Sound with the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Boats must use these locks to travel from the sound to Lake Union or Lake Washington. To get to the locks, you’ll pass through the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens. The botanical gardens cover 7 acres and feature a variety of exotic trees and plants as well as walking paths. On the other side of the locks, you’ll find the salmon ladder with an underwater viewing area. The ladder allows young fish to travel out to Puget Sound and spawning fish to return upstream.
Ballard Farmers Market
Distance from Talta: 1.5 miles
The Ballard Farmers Market happens year-round, every Sunday. It features a huge variety of vendors selling everything from fresh seafood and produce to art and homemade crafts. Prepared foods are also in plentiful supply with many local restaurants running their own booths. If you’re a dog lover, the Ballard Farmers Market is a veritable puppy parade as many visitors bring along their favorite four-legged friends.
Photo via: Ballard Farmers Market Facebook
Distance from Talta: 1.9 miles
Since 1980, the Nordic Museum has been dedicated to honoring the legacy of immigrants from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland. It features exhibitions of paintings, artifacts, photography, film, and much more. In addition, the museum offers a variety of classes and celebrates a number of events throughout the year.
Photo Courtesy of the Nordic Museum
Golden Gardens Park
Distance from Talta: 2.7 miles
Golden Gardens is an 87-acre park located along Puget Sound. It includes several hiking trails, picnic and playgrounds areas, volleyball courts, and a beach where bonfires area allowed! Most notably, the park provides stunning views of the sound and the Olympic Mountains.
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