Adults and Kids Delight in Bellevue's Best Attractions

Located less than 10 miles from downtown Seattle, Bellevue boats a unique personality of its own, drawing businessmen and women, families and visitors. This mini-city located on the east side of Lake Washington provides a gateway to Seattle's appropriately-coined "Eastside"–and all the alluring options (like nearby hiking trails and boat rental companies) this region offers.

Safe, walkable and easily accessible, Bellevue boasts high-rise building and surrounding green; find businesses rangging from welcoming hotels to world-class shopping options and restaurants, nightclubs and comedy venues. From botanical gardens and zip line courses to comedy clubs and adult-only bowling venues, Bellevue features activities for all ages and to enjoyed during any time of year. 

As the holiday season approaches, Bellevue gets in the spirits with perks like the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena (from November 27 to January 10), the region’s largest open-air holiday ice skating experience. Then there's the Garden d’Lights: (from November 29 to January 2), which features more than a half million lights that transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a winter wonderland. Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection dazzles visitors from November 27 to December 24; hosted nightly, this show features dazzling lights, holiday music and even falling snow! 

Warmer months bring seasonal events from plein-air movies to alfresco concerts in the park. 

Village Theatre


Based in Issaquah, with operations in Everett, Village Theatre proves a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining, quality productions since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region's...  Read More



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Issaquah Depot Museum


While Bellevue boasts many modern-day treasures, nearby Issaquah delves into the past. This historic depot was built in 1889 and continued to operate until 1958. A restoration in the 1980s left it in excellent condition and with many of its...  Read More

Gilman Town Hall Museum


While Bellevue boasts many modern-day treasures, nearby Issaquah delves into the past. Built in 1889, this building originally functioned as the Issaquah Town Hall from 1898 to 1928 (when the town was still known as Gilman). The museum's photo...  Read More

Bellevue Botanical Garden
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With 36 acres of beautiful grounds and a vivid display of blooming perennials, this green space is one of Washington state's most beloved gardens. The city of Bellevue maintains the facility, keeping it in impeccable shape year-round. Explore...  Read More

Bellevue Golf Course
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Located in north Bellevue, the Bellevue Golf Course is a public 18-hole, par 71 course for golfers of all levels. Designed by David W. Kent, Bellevue Golf Course opened in 1968 and can be found in the Bridle Trails area of Bellevue. Thee public...  Read More

Bellevue Arts Museum
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Dedicated to exploring the finest examples of craft and design, this distinctive museum by architect Steven Holl presents exhibitions of jewelry, calligraphy, furniture, clothing, glass, housewares and much more. Although the museum doesn't have...  Read More

Winters House


Home to the Bellevue Historical Society, this large, Spanish-style villa was built in the 1920s. Now surrounded by the Mercer Slough Nature Park, the Winters House was the first home in Bellevue to be listed on the National Register of Historic...  Read More

Bellevue Downtown Park
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In the center of the city, this tranquil, approximately 21-acre oasis of green attracts everyone from professionals and teenagers to families and senior citizens, all of whom want a dose of the outdoors on a nice day. This elegant centerpiece of...  Read More

Bellevue Zip Tour
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Just east of Seattle, a recent addition brings a bit of adventure to Bellevue: a family-friendly activity that all ages can enjoy. Thanks to Bellevue Zip Tour, groups can soar high together as they explore a maze of suspended zip lines and...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne