Leif Erikson Statue

Ballard & Discovery Park

Looking out over the modern yachts in the Shilshole Bay Marina is this magnificent statue of the Icelandic explorer and 'discoverer' of America, Leif Erikson, surrounded by a stone circle. The statue is an important reminder of Seattle's (and Ballard's) Nordic heritage: the city claims more Icelandic Americans than anywhere else in the US.

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Nearby Ballard & Discovery Park attractions

1. Shilshole Bay Marina

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The Shilshole Bay Marina, about 2 miles northwest of the Hiram M Chittenden Locks along Seaview Ave NW, offers pleasant views across Puget Sound framed by…

2. Sunset Hill Park

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Rising above Golden Gardens on 34th Ave is sinuous Sunset Hill Park, a prime perch for dramatic sunsets and long views.

3. Golden Gardens Park

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Golden Gardens Park, established in 1904 by Harry W Treat, is a lovely 95-acre beach park with sandy beaches north of Shilshole Bay Marina. There are…

5. Carl English Jr Botanical Gardens

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On the northern bank of Hiram M Chittenden Locks is this charming arboretum and specimen garden. Trails wind through gardens filled with flowers and…

6. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

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Inside Discovery Park you'll find this cultural center that displays a permanent collection of Native American artwork, special exhibitions and hosts…

7. Nordic Museum

0.98 MILES

Reason alone to come to Ballard – if the culinary scene and waterside parks weren’t enough – is this delightful surprise of a museum dedicated to Nordic…

8. Hiram M Chittenden Locks

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