Tucked into the northwestern corner of Seattle is the community of Ballard, once the first commercial district in the area, but now a neighborhood dotted with indie shops and boutiques, edgy restaurants, and craft breweries.  The Nordic Heritage Museum proudly honors the region’s Scandinavian settlers, and the Ballard Locks are a big draw for visitors who marvel at how both large ships and salmon can safely get where they need to go.  In the summer, Golden Gardens Park has plenty of space for kite-flying and picnickers, as well as a sandy expanse for a good game of beach volleyball.  Come for the rich history, the engineering miracles, and the vibrant energy you’ll find in Ballard.