10 Things to Do in Bellevue, WA
Situated across Lake Washington from Seattle, Bellevue is a metropolitan city that houses big companies like Microsoft, Expedia, and Valve. As a local, it’s hard for me to think of fun activities to do here in my spare time. But after many years of living in Bellevue I have compiled a list of outdoor and indoor things to do.
Larsen Lake and Mercer Slough blueberry farms are local farms that you can pick your own blueberries at. The best dates for picking blueberries usually go from mid-July to early-September, depending on the season and climate. You can visit year round as a great place to go for walks and picnics.
Open Area Dog Parks
Both Robinswood Park and Marymoor Park have popular dog parks. Robinswood Park’s dog area is a small-enclosed area that is a great option for playing catch with your dog. Marymoor Park’s open dog area is very wide and includes a river area for the dogs to swim around in on hot days. Marymoor has a park and pay policy, so bring a few dollars in cash along.
The Crossroads Par-3 Golf Course is a small putting area that is a fun experience for beginners and families. It is open between March and October during the day, and offers free clubs and buckets of balls for a small fee. Work on your swing in the practice area or move up to the putting green for under $20 per person.
Bellevue Botanical Gardens
The Bellevue Botanical Gardens is a free public area nearby Downtown Bellevue that showcases beautiful seasonal flowers and garden spaces. Walk around and look for the ravine suspension bridge and the Japanese teahouse while you’re there.
Swim at the Lake
With Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish flanking both sides of Bellevue, there should be no reason holding you back from going to the beach on sunny Northwest days! Check out Idylwood Park or Lake Sammamish State Park’s Swim Beach at Lake Sammamish. Or jaunt over to Lake Washington to play at Chism Beach Park, Enatai Beach Park, or Meydenbauer Beach Park.
Summer Outdoor Movie Nights
Grab some chairs and blankets and head out with the family and friends to Downtown Bellevue Park or Marymoor Park to watch movies outdoors! Movies at Marymoor run weekly from July to August and cost $5. They add to the fun with trivia, food trucks, and pre-movie entertainment. Downtown Bellevue Park’s outdoor movie events are free and also run from the start of July to mid-August. Make sure to get there early to grab a good spot before the movie starts!
Walk Local Trails
Get some exercise and fresh air in on well-kept trails, like at Bridle Trails State Park or around Kelsey Creek.
Jump on Trampolines
Wear out your kids (or even you) by jumping wall-to-wall on trampolines at Sky Mania Trampolines. It is a creative way to exercise, jump around, and have fun. There are areas for jumping on the trampolines, a foam pit, and a dodgeball trampoline area.
Bellevue has a brewing company? Yes! Make your way over to the Bellevue Brewing Company for some handcrafted, and locally sourced beers. They are known for their India Pale Ale (IPA) and Extra Special Bitter (ESB) brews.
Test your fear of heights at REI’s indoor rock climbing area at Redmond Town Center. They have a few vertical courses to try that vary in skill ability. Call in advance to check about prices and availability.