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Ellie McMahon & Brian Moloney — Minted

Ellie McMahon


Brian Moloney

Seattle Activities

Golden Gardens Beach and Shilshole Bay Marina

This is a beautiful beach and marina full of sail boats and sea creatures. If you are looking to get some exercise, it is walking distance from Hotel Ballard. There is a pedestrian path that starts at the Ballard Locks and passes through the marina and the beach. This is a favorite spot of Brian & Ellie's; they watched countless sunsets here while living in Seattle.

Pike Place Market

This is a classic activity for Seattle and in the fall the crowds are down, and you can wander to your hearts content. Nestled between Seattle’s stunning skyline and Puget Sound is Pike Place Market. It was established in 1907 and have been a beloved public market featuring small independent businesses, local farmers, artists, craftspeople, and buskers for over one hundred years and counting! Great food, fish that fly and the original Starbucks.

Discovery Park

Close to downtown Ballard is a great place to get out for a hike, see the Sound and (if they are out) Olympic mountains. Discovery Park is a 534-acre natural area park operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. It is the largest city park in Seattle and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. The site is one of breathtaking majesty. Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers spectacular view of both the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges.

Ferry ride to Winslow

If you have time and want to get out on the sound for the afternoon a quick jaunt to Winslow on Bainbridge Island from the downtown ferry dock (Colman Dock) to Winslow is a fun trip. You will get out on the water, with a great view back to Seattle and maybe Mount Rainier. Winslow is a short 10 min walk from the ferry dock on the other side with restaurants, shops etc.

The Seattle Center

The Center is located at the north end of downtown Seattle and near Ballard. The site of the 1962 World’s Fair, it is a centerpiece of Seattle culture and home to the iconic space needle. It is a great place to wander around for a few hours, grab a snack and see amazing views from the top of the Needle. If you are into popular music and culture, MoPOP (Museum of Popular Culture) has some amazing exhibits and is a pretty cool building. Chihuly Gardens has beautiful glass sculptures

Ballard Locks & Fish Ladder

This is an easy walk for downtown Ballard and a fun place to visit. Officially known as the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, the Ballard Locks is one of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions, especially during the sunny months. The grounds also feature a fish ladder and the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden —one of the most beautiful park settings in Seattle.

Ballard Brewery District

If beer is your thing, check out the Ballard Brewery district. Dozens of the best breweries in the US along with food trucks and sometimes music.

Additional Recommendations

If you plan to stay a while