We are going to take advantage of the Free First Thursday at local museums to visit The Nordic Museum this month. And then walk to the nearby Ballard Locks.
The Nordic Museum - With stunning architecture, exhibitions, and programs, the Nordic Museum traces 12,000 years of Nordic history, showcases contemporary Nordic culture, and shares how Nordic values and innovation can shape the future. 2655 NW Market St., Seattle.
Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and educating since its founding in 1980, the Nordic Museum is the largest museum in the United States to honor the legacy of immigrants from the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
In between, we will walk from the museum to the Locks. Google maps says it's an 8-minute walk. There are a couple of cafes and a Taco Time in between. Or pack a lunch and we can eat in the park next to the Locks.
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. 3015 NW 54th St., Seattle
The Ballard Locks features a visitor’s center with interpretive exhibits and a gift shop. Visiting hours for the locks and surrounding garden is 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. year-round. The fish ladder is open 7 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. year-round. Admission is free, but HOME recommends a donation.
There is Free unlimited parking is available in the neighborhood. City of Seattle metered parking is available at the North main entrance gate and is tightly patrolled.