In Washington, when it rains it’s often just a drizzle – don’t let that prevent you from getting out and about in Bellevue! Whether you’d rather go on an outdoor adventure or stay warm and cozy inside, Bellevue is the place to be on a wet and blustery fall day. When it pours, come explore!
Shopping at The Bellevue Collection
If you love to shop, eat and also want to keep the little ones entertained, The Bellevue Collection is the place to be. The Bellevue Collection is made up of three distinct shopping areas: Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place, and Lincoln Square. With over 250 stores and more than 45 attractions for dining and entertainment purposes, the Bellevue Collection definitely has something for everyone. Kids can enjoy the Kids’ Cove play area located in the mall while you sip on a delicious hot coffee. Or visit Lucky Strike Lanes & Power Play. From 11 am to 8 pm, kids can have the time of their lives bowling or even hanging out in Lucky Strike’s world-renown arcade room called Power Play! Best of all on a rainy day, you can cozy up near the beautiful stone-clad fireplace in “The Lodge”!
Fun in the Rain- Mercer Slough Nature Park
Put on your rain gear and stomp around in some puddles at the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park! This beautiful 320-acre wetland located right in Bellevue is Lake Washington’s largest remaining wetland. You can walk along the trails looking for beavers and humming birds, while you make your way to the blueberry fields, greenhouses, gardens, forests and meadows. If you get a little too wet, you can also visit the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (MSEEC). This visiting center features a tree-house, nature classes, a community building, a library and even a boardwalk area, which displays a bird’s-eye-view of Bellevue’s city skyline.
Bellevue Arts Museum
The Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) is one of the top destinations in Bellevue to explore a variety of art and designs from local to international artists. BAM offers free daily public tours starting at 1 pm! Come see one of BAM’s featured sculptures called “Cloud” created by Graypants Studio. This one-of-a-kind sculpture is made up of ping-pong balls and fluorescent lights that are meant to inspire wonder and imaginative meanderings of childhood. Kids can also explore their artistic side every weekend on “Get Crafty Saturday” in the Museum Forum from 1-3pm. These art activities are designed to encourage individual creativity for kids ages 4 to 10 and only cost $4! Check out the events section to find out more.
Warm Up at the Spa
Bellevue has many beautiful attractions and activities, as well as a number of luxurious spas. If you are looking to feel rejuvenated and relaxed, then the Salt Mine Arium is just the place for you! This original spa is the only Salt Room in Bellevue that features a special salt therapy that can relieve allergies, asthma, a cold, flu, insomnia and more. Beyond the salt therapy, additional services include massage, acupuncture, energy body work, and yoga. Make your rainy day, a relaxing one. Check out other Bellevue spa options here!
Wine Tasting at the Purple Café
Get out of the rain and warm up at the Purple Café. Grab a flight of great wine and watch as the rain passes by. While you sip on your favorite glass of wine, you can also enjoy an expansive menu which includes artisan cheeses, starters, soup, salads, pizza, pasta, and seafood!
Aerial Art Performances at Suite Restaurant
Suite Restaurant and Lounge is as place unlike any other! It’s located at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Wintergarden Plaza and is open from 3pm to 2am. Starting between 8 and 8:30 pm on weekends, the Seattle Aerial Arts showcases outstanding aerial performances while you dine with an original chef created menu! Give the award-winning ½ lb. Kobe Burger a try. This is one of their featured items which is sure to delight your taste buds.
Which rainy day activities in Bellevue are you going to try?
(Photo Credit Top to Bottom: Water by Diego_Torres via Pixabay, Image courtesy of Visit Bellevue Washington, Mercer Slough image courtesy of Sharon Linton, Cloud Photo courtesy of the Bellevue Arts Museum, Image courtesy of Salt Mine Arium, Wine by Epicantus via Pixabay Image courtesy of Visit Bellevue Washington)