Fishermen’s Terminal in Ballard Interbay is home for hundreds of working fishing boats that spend months on the open sea off the coast of Alaska.
By water, it’s located off Salmon Bay just east of the Ballard locks.
One of the Terminal’s prime attractions, of course, is fresh fish. At Wild Salmon Seafood Market, you can find fresh salmon, halibut (if in season) and crab.
If you can’t wait to buy your fish and take it home, you can eat at Chinook’s At Salmon Bay or the Bay Café, both with terrific views of the Terminal and Salmon Bay. Fishing crews love to hang out at the Highliner Pub.
Commercial fishing is a very dangerous profession. At the center of Fishermen’s Terminal, more than 670 names are inscribed on the Fishermen’s Memorial to honor their deaths while commercial fishing since 1900.
On the first Sunday of every May, a memorial service is held to to honor all of those who have died at sea. And to add new names to the list.
And every March, at the start of halibut fishing season, Ballard’s First Lutheran Church holds its annual Blessing of the Fleet.
Visitors to Fishermen’s Terminal can walk down the newly-refurbished docks and admire row after row of commercial fishing boats.