The 10 Best Things to Do in Bellevue, United States

November 24, 2017 Lashaunda Abraham

Bellevue (/ˈbɛlvjuː/ BEL-vew) is a city in the Eastside region of King County, Washington, United States, across Lake Washington from Seattle. As the third-largest city in the Seattle metropolitan area, Bellevue has variously been characterized as an edge city, a suburb, boomburb, or satellite city. The population was 141,400 in a 2016 census estimate.
Restaurants in Bellevue

1. Bellevue Botanical Garden

12001 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005-3522 +1 425-452-2750
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 541 reviews

Bellevue Botanical Garden

The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. The living collections showcase plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest. Our demonstration of good garden design and horticulture techniques inspire visitors to create their own beautiful, healthy gardens. We provide a place of beauty, serenity, and learning for thousands of visitors each year. There are also many fun things to do throughout the seasons: plant sales, community celebrations, summer concerts, art exhibits and holiday light festivities.

Reviewed By Darina R

Gorgeous park (though quite small) with a variety of plants and flowers. Especially pretty during the summer time and during the winter, when they do "Garden De'Lights". It's a Christmas light installation. Gorgeous!

2. Marymoor Park

6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond, WA 98052-4801 +1 425-556-2300
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 340 reviews

Marymoor Park

Suburban park with more than 550 acres of land for biking, rock climbing, playing tennis and picnicking.

Reviewed By tom s - Duvall, Washington

I have been to Marymoor many times, and I think that is great that they used this land for parks, instead of commercial, or private homes. The summer concerts were always nice, but have not been to a Jazz deal there for a few years, as I have not heard of anything like that happening there anymore.

3. Marina Park

25 Lake Shore Plz, Kirkland, WA 98033-6110 +1 425-587-3300
Excellent
61%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Marina Park

Reviewed By 448andyk - Ontario, Canada

Marina Park is a lovely spot for a pleasant stroll or picnic. There's beautiful scenery, interesting statues and if you are lucky, a gorgeous sunset. Very clean too. Also, there are plenty of local shops close by to grab a coffee or treats, to enjoy in the park.

However, if you have parked in a nearby pay lot, make sure you check your time regularly. Otherwise, you will get a ticket from the very efficient and diligent parking monitors.

4. Downtown Park

10201 Northeast Fourth St, Bellevue, WA 98005
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 373 reviews

Downtown Park

Reviewed By Finnhillmom - Kirkland, Washington

This is a great park on, especially on a clear day. There are nice loops for a leisurely stroll or to burn some calories. A great play ground is there and if you have elderly or handicapped folks want to just take a short walk its perfect, no hills or gravel to navigate.

5. Bellevue Square

Bellevue Way and NE Eighth St., Bellevue, WA +1 425-454-8096
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 266 reviews

Bellevue Square

Reviewed By Vmanfromtx - Redmond, Washington

If you visit Seattle area you must stop by Bellevue Square (aka Bell Square) It’s in Bellevue at the Corner on NE 8th and Bellevue Way, from Big anchors to small shops you won’t go wanting for something you can’t find. iPhone, A&F clothing, Tesla, Ben Bridge Jewlery aka Rolex watches, even a (cough) Microsoft shop. Spend an afternoon and treat yourself. Best shopping spree in America.

6. Mercer Slough Nature Park

2102 Bellevue Way Southeast, Bellevue, WA 98004 +1 425-452-2565
Excellent
59%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

Mercer Slough Nature Park

Reviewed By Amy35394 - Boise, Idaho

We rented a canoe at Enatai beach and paddled into Merced Slough. It was a peaceful, easy canoe ride with my kids. We saw frogs, turtles, blue herons, ducks and jumping fish. It was just long enough that we didn't get too tired of paddling. The cost was about $15 for 1 hour. They helped get the canoe in the water and we didn't even have to get wet.

7. Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM)

510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004-5014 +1 425-519-0770
Excellent
48%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 157 reviews

Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM)

Opens in the Spring of 2005.

Reviewed By CMN14 - Boise, Idaho

If you're looking for an art museum that displays, well, art, as we typically expect it (sculpture, paintings, etc), this is not the place. Instead, what you'll find is an usual set of exhibits that I believe change periodically. This visit, many of the displays were focused on cutouts (paper, metal etc), many of which looked like something you would buy at Ikea.

They did have lots of interactive childrens' exhibits which appeared to be popular, based on the number of children and parents surrounding them. However, keep in mind that our visit coincided with the annual Bellevue Art Museum's Arts and Crafts Festival, so there may not be as many activities focused on young people at other times.

In all, if you're into very modern, unusual art, this may be a good place for you to visit. As for me, I'm happy admission was free (during the Festival only) because I didn't see anything I would have paid to view.

8. Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail

10610 NE 38th Pl, Kirkland, WA 98033-7909
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail

Reviewed By Glenn P

A bike ride on this trail was lovely. I rode from roughly the midpoint, just north of downtown Kirkland, tothe South Kirkland Apork and Ride, whicxh is the sourthern terminus. This trial is hard packed gravel that most bikes can handle, though the skinniest-tired road bikes won't roll quite as well as a hybrid or mountain bike.

9. Meydenbauer Beach Park

419 98th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004-5442
Excellent
44%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Meydenbauer Beach Park

Reviewed By Ken D - Bangkok, Thailand

Bellevue residents are proud to be expanding this wonderful lakeside park... home of the winter wooden whaling fleet in the old days this is a great place for a picnic or for just enjoying the lake and lakeside views. Remember that Meydenbauer Bay is off of the deep water Lake Washington and so the water stays pretty cool save for the hottest days of summer, so brace yourself...

10. Kelsey Creek Park & Farm

13204 SE 8th Street, Bellevue, WA 98005 +1 425-452-7688
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Kelsey Creek Park & Farm

This park features 150 acres of wetlands and forest.

Reviewed By Terry L

In the middle of the week, early spring, this walk was very refreshing and easy to navigate the trails. Birds, plants and other wildlife made it very enjoyable. There were a few wet soggy spots because of recent rain so wear shoes that can get a bit muddy.

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