Bellevue’s Best Picks For Spring

The days are getting longer and spring is in the air.  There’s no better place for fun, adventure or relaxation than Bellevue, Washington.

Whether you’re here for business with co-workers, spending the weekend or getting away with the family for a few days– you’ll be centrally located to discover the best that Western Washington has to offer this season.

Whatever your passion; art museums and shopping, sipping the perfect cup of local coffee, strolling through beautiful parks and walkways, or shopping until the sun goes down, Bellevue is the place to be. Read on and discover our top picks for everything spring has to offer.

Get OutsideWarmer days are coaxing us outdoors, so why not give in? You can start with an early morning run through the Mercer Slough just south of downtown Bellevue where you’ll find well maintained trails and breathtaking scenery.  For a more ambitious trail, we love heading to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park for miles of challenging, single track terrain.

For paddle sports fans, look no further than the Lake Sammamish Northwest Paddling Festival in May. It’s just a short drive east from downtown Bellevue.

Enjoy taking the outdoors in at a slower pace? Start with a delicious artisan pastry and coffee from one of our favorite spots, Belle Pastry, while you saunter and window shop down old Bellevue’s historic Main Street. Or grab brunch at the 520 Bar and Grill before you hit the stores.

And Bellevue’s fabulous Farmer’s Market, opening May 19, is the perfect place to take in the spring weather while tempting all your senses with fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables and locally baked goods. Or if you want, pick up a delicious lunch or dinner from a food truck while you’re there.

Calling All Art LoversLucky for us, spring marks the beginning of fresh exhibitions at the Bellevue Arts Museum. Take a peek at The Contact, Quilts of the Sierra Nevada by Ann Johnston.

Or walk over to Bellevue Place and catch the latest exhibit at the Hall Spassov Gallery.

Did you know downtown Bellevue is home to 100 public sculptures and works of art? Be sure and download our Downtown Bellevue Art Map.  It’s a complete guide to viewing all the spectacular art installations throughout downtown Bellevue.

Family and Group Adventures

Want to do something unique with family, friends or co-workers? How about Serial Mysteries? It’s an escape room adventure like you’ve never experienced. Use clues and the physical environment to solve Serial’s puzzles. Test the wit of your 2-15 person team. It’s great fun for family bonding or corporate team building.

For some big outdoor adventure with groups and older kids (nine and above), you’ll love the Bellevue Zip Tour. Take a thrilling ride through the forest on 6 1/2 different zip lines including their longest one– over 457 feet. Located in Eastgate Park just off I90.

Spring Holiday Happenings

For even more family fun this spring, we’ve got you covered. From local Easter celebrations to Mother’s Day and beyond—you won’t have to look far for things to do.

The newly relocated KidsQuest Museum is in a great new space in Downtown Bellevue. Serving little people 10 and under, it’s all day fun for the kids.  And just for Easter, they’ll be featuring an Egg-tastic Event for the whole family on April 9 from 9-12.

If you feel like venturing out, take a short ride into Seattle and explore Seattle’s own Woodland Park Zoo for the annual Easter Bunny Bounce.

If you’re in town for Mother’s Day, treat mom to a fabulous brunch at Eques located in downtown Bellevue’s Hyatt Regency. Or try a special savory Italian brunch at one of our new favorite spots, Vivo 53. Another favorite, Pearl Seafood and Oyster Bar is also featuring a special plated family style Mother’s Day Brunch.

After brunch, why not check out the latest spring fashion arrivals and shopping picks? You’ll be just steps away from unique shopping at The Bellevue Collection and The Bravern.

Is mom more on the athletic side? Sign up for the Mother’s Day Half Marathon located just minutes from Bellevue in beautiful Kirkland, Washington.

Another great Mother’s Day outing is happening at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden feature 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. And on Mother’s Day, enjoy their free annual social with light refreshments and music just for mom.

Whatever the warmer weather inspires you to do, find it this spring in Bellevue, Washington.

Written by – Tami Rogers

Photo Credits – Top to Bottom: Crossroads Farmers Market (open in June) via Visit Bellevue Washington, Mercer Slough Trail via Marcus Donner, Bellevue Arts Museum via Scott Harder, Brunch Pizza via Vivo 53, Shopping at The Bellevue Collection via Merrill Images

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