Just east of Seattle, Bellevue draws hordes of business folks, as well as families who enjoy the city's finest features, like public art; a rich and diverse shopping scene; a line-up of beloved Northwest restaurants (many duplicates of what you find in downtown Seattle); and an unexpected amount of green. Now, an even more surprising addition brings a bit of adventure to the area: a family-friendly activity that all ages can enjoy.
Bellevue Zip Tour takes visitors into a lush tree canopy — Photo courtesy of Bellevue Zip Tour
Thanks to Bellevue Zip Tour, groups can soar high together as they explore a maze of suspended zip lines and bridges. This adventurous attraction, located at Eastgate Park (just off I-90), features a series of seven zip lines and two bridges that hang amid a canopy of trees. Tours last approximately 2.5 hours.
The zip lines reach as long as 600 feet and as high as 80 feet above the ground. The view from above proves stunning: a second growth forest of Douglas fir and broadleaf maple trees, plus sensational views of the downtown Bellevue skyline and the North Cascades, including Mt. Baker and Glacier Peak. Although the activity site neighbors busy I-90 and I-405, this tour makes participants feel as though they've escaped into the wild.
If families crave another adrenaline rush after mastering the zip line course, they can test out their Spiderman skills while scaling walls at the South Bellevue Community Center or Stone Gardens, a climbing gym that welcomes and instructs youth inside its friendly, bustling space.
The Bellevue Zip Tour and its guides are trained and certified to Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) standards. Skilled staff members from Northwest Teambuilding guide tours on which participants must be at least nine years old and 60 pounds; all riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (Each adult can accompany up to two children.)
Visitors should arrive 20 minutes prior to the scheduled session. Late arrivals will not be permitted to join a group once the guide has begun fitting equipment or "gearing on"; late arrivals will be considered a no-show and therefore not entitled to a refund. However, they may be booked on the next available session if space allows.
Prospective zippers can register online or by calling 425.452.4240.
Bellevue Zip Tour operates in all types of weather except high winds, lightning or icy conditions. If you're not sure, call ahead to check. Happy flying!