Summer in Bellevue is…. perfection. The only problem is, it just never seems to last long enough! Here’s our bucket list of 10 things (in no particular order) that you absolutely MUST do in Bellevue before the sweet sunny days have all come and gone.
1. Kayak the Slough
Rent a kayak or canoe from the boathouse at Enatai Beach Park and paddle your way up through the serene waters of Mercer Slough, Lake Washington’s largest remaining wetland. Be sure to keep an eye out for local wildlife such as blue herons, beavers, turtles, frogs, and otters!
2. Browse One-of-a-kind Finds at the Bellevue Arts Fair
Every year during the last weekend of July, Bellevue becomes a haven of handmade goods and artsy finds as the Bellevue Arts Fair takes over downtown. You never know what treasures you’ll find or fascinating artists you’ll meet as you weave through the hundreds of stalls.
3. Spend a Day on the Farm
Get a glimpse of country life on the farm at Kelsey Creek Park in Bellevue. A trip to the park makes the perfect family outing and kids will love seeing the horses, goats, sheep, goats, and other animals in the barnyard.
4. Take Off on the Bellevue Zip Tour
What better way to get outside during the summer months than by soaring through the trees on a zipline? Don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you get the urge to pretend for just a bit that you’re superman as you’re swinging high above the ground.
5. Enjoy Sips and Sounds Under the Sun
What’s the perfect way to wind down after a busy summer day? You’ll find us sipping on handcrafted cocktails and listening to local bands play on the very spacious patio at Bake’s Place or one of Bellevue other local eateries offering live music and outdoor seating.
6. Hit the Beach
With Bellevue’s prime location on the shores of Lake Washington, you’re pretty much required to hit one of the city’s seven beach parks at least once during the summer. We don’t care if you’re building sand castles, cannon-balling off the dock, or simply sitting back to watch the sunset, we just want to make sure that you get yourself there.
7. Get Golfing
Whether you’re the next Jordan Spieth or you still can’t tell your putter from your driver, there’s a golf course to suit your style in or near Bellevue. Challenge yourself on one of the scenic championship courses at The Golf Club at Newcastle, have a laid-back day out at the Discovery Trail putt putt course at Willows Run, try your hand (well, actually your foot) at foot golf at the Crossroads Par 3 course, or brush up your skills at the new driving range at the Bellevue Golf Course.
8. Splash, Spray and Play
On a warm summer day take the kids to cool off at the water spray playground at Crossroads Park. Your little ones will get plenty of energy out as they splash and play on the spitting frogs, spouting Orcas, and squirting clams.
9. Taste Your Way Down Old Main
Experience the charm of Old Bellevue’s Main Street at this annual Bellevue tradition on Saturday, August 22. Grab a group of friends and head to the Taste of Main for a day filled with fabulous food, live entertainment, shopping, and plenty of fun!
10. Skip the Grocery Store and Head to the Market
Stock up on all the fresh, summer fruits and veggies (and sweet treats!) you need for your backyard barbecues at the Bellevue Farmer’s Market. The market is open Thursdays and Saturdays all season long and you can find out what’s fresh by taking a look at their harvest calendar.