Bellevue, Washington is a wonderful place to live and work, but it’s also a great place to play with a number of seasonal and year-round activities all for free. The Bellevue area features a wide array of events suitable for all ages, including many trails for walking, hiking, and running; numerous art galleries and public art pieces and scenic parks for fishing, swimming, picnicking and playing. You can even experience live entertainment and educational events.
Here are some fun, free, family-friendly activities in Bellevue.
- The Walking Tour at the Bellevue Botanical Garden—every Saturday and Sunday, April through October, at 2:00. Tours meet at the Gathering Place and are docent-led. Although donations are appreciated, the tour is free. Call (425) 452-2750 for more information. The garden is beautiful and can be enjoyed even if you opt out of the guided tour.
- The Early Bellevue Walking Tour—this self-guided tour is a good option for adults and children alike. It passes through downtown Bellevue and includes a number of historic sites. A brochure for this tour can be found here.
- The Lake Hills Greenbelt Park—with several miles of trails, two small lakes for fishing and boating and a gorgeous community garden, the Lake Hills Greenbelt Park is a great spot to hit up when the weather is nice. Find out more here.
- Bellevue’s Public Art—The city features nearly 130 pieces of public art, all of which can be enjoyed for free. Simply walk downtown or visit the Downtown Park to take in these amazing pieces. Click here for a downtown art map. These works can be seen year round.
- The Crossroads Shopping Center’s Free Concerts—Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, the Crossroads Shopping Center, Bellevue’s premier shopping mall, features free concerts at the Crossroads Market Stage. While you’re there, check out the world class shopping and $.25 retro rides for young people scattered throughout the mall.
- Chesterfield Beach Park—Open year round, this small but beautiful park offers swimming and a small beach area, plus a picnic area and playground. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.
- The Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park—Explore a variety of trails and discover opportunities to view wildlife at one of Bellevue’s many parks. Cougar Mountain boasts waterfalls, wetlands and a variety of wildlife species. It’s accessed by simply finding an appropriate trailhead, parking and hiking in. Access more information by clicking here.
- The City of Bellevue—The city offers a number of free talks, demonstrations and guided tours throughout the year. While some require a fee, many are free and family-friendly. Access their calendar of events here.
- Mercer Slough Nature Park—Here you will find a variety of hiking and walking trails as well as lake access. Free guided nature walks start at 2:00 every Saturday, year-round. Find a map here.
- Old Bellevue—Located just south of Downtown Park, Old Bellevue is worth a visit. Explore the charming shops and architecture. The brick sidewalks and old-fashioned lampposts will make you feel like you have taken a step back in time. If you aren’t up for the entire Early Bellevue self-guided walking tour, this is a way to get the flavor of historic Bellevue.
- Japan Fair 2017—Located at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center, Japan Fair will be held 8-9 July 2017. This free event will allow you to experience Japanese culture in a new and exciting way. Click here for more information.
- The Get Outdoors Expo—Bellevue offers many outdoor activities, and the Get Outdoors Expo is a great way to begin to learn about many of these. This event is 10 June 2017 at the Lake Sammamish State Park at 2000 NW Sammamish Road. To find out more, click here.
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