One thing the Puget Sound is known for by locals is the amount of rain that falls each year. Bellevue, specifically, gets 41 inches of rain each year, above the national average, across 95 days with measurable precipitation. What can you do on a rainy day? Well, lots of things, really! Rainy days cause some sort of a shift in thinking, emotions, and energy levels. Sleep is a favorite pastime on rainy days, as is reading a book. Hang out near a window and daydream to raindrops. Take the day to plunge into music, or binge on a new television series or movies. Color. Paint fingernails. Take a nap. Work a puzzle, play board games, or let the cleaning bug bite you for some deep cleaning, organizing, and decorating. You can even use the down time to reach out to friends and family member’s with whom you’ve not spoken in a while. But if you’re inflicted with a case of the get up and go, even when it’s raining, there’s plenty for you to do on a rainy day in Bellevue.
There’s no cause for being stuck indoors with a case of the blues on a rainy day. Gray clouds are a part of the Washington skyline that lets you know that Mother Nature and her weather patterns are subject to mood swings. However, when you live in a place like Bellevue, you just find workarounds for entertainment that can be achieved while carrying a handy umbrella and wearing adorable yet practical rain boots. Here are just a few of the things you can do on a rainy day in Bellevue.
Bellevue Public Library branch of the King County Library System is situated at 1111 110th Avenue NE in Bellevue, Washington and can be reached by phone at 425-450-1765. Hunker down with a good book, join a class, attend an event, surf the web, or find other ways to enjoy staying warm and dry indoors at the Bellevue Library. Rainy weather is the ideal time to snuggle up with a good book.
Seattle Central Library is another must-do experience for library lovers in Bellevue, and what better day to scope out a new venue than on a rainy afternoon. Enjoy award-winning architecture, breathtaking escalator views of Elliott Bay, art exhibits, meet friends for coffee, and attend a class or workshop. Or, if all of that fails to interest you, you could find your favorite nook and hunker down to devour a good book. Seattle Central Library is located at 1000 4th Avenue in Seattle, Washington 98104. For more information, call 206-386-4636.
Bellevue Family YMCA is a great place to spend the day when you’ve got active household members suffering from cabin fever caused by perpetual rain. Get actively involved in health and fitness classes and programs, swimming, kid and family activities including cooking and crafts, camps, workshops, special events, and more. Bellevue Family YMCA is located at 14230 Bel-Red Road in Bellevue, Washington 98007. For additional information, call 425-746-9900.
Bellevue Aquatic Center doesn’t let a little water rain on its parade of fun! The enter features the Warm Springs Therapy Pool and Blue Lagoon Lap pool with dive tank, water slide, and other features. Bellevue Aquatic Center is also an ideal location for hosting a birthday party poolside because you won’t have to cancel your pool party due to rain! The Bellevue Aquatic Center is located at 601 143rd Avenue NE in Bellevue, 98007. For more information about fees, hours, or birthday parties, call 425-452-4444.
Rainy days are ideal for taking in a good movie, old classic, new release, or blockbuster hit. Bellevue offers three move theaters to choose from including:
AMC Loews Factoria 8 is located at 3505 Factoria Blvd SE in Bellevue 98006. For movie times and information, call 425-641-3461.
Regal Crossroads Stadium 8 is located at 1200 156th Avenue NE in Bellevue 98008. For more information and show times, call 844-462-7342.
Cinemark Lincoln Square is located at 700 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue 98004. For more information or for show times, call 425-450-9100.
Lucky Strike is located at 700 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 250, in Bellevue 98004. More than a place to bowl a game or two, the Lucky Strike is a piece of Bellevue nightlife and offers chef-inspired menus, dance floors, mixed drinks, an arcade, and more. For additional information, call 425-453-5137.
The Bellevue Arts Museum is located at 510 Bellevue Way NE 98004 and can be reached by phone at 425-519-0770. Rainy days seem connected to inspiration, artistic expression, and a tranquil need for reflection, all of which can be found a the Bellevue Arts Museum.
Kids Quest Children’s Discovery Museum is the ideal spot to water seeds of intelligence exploring science, art, and life safe ad dry indoors while the rain keeps outdoor play at bay. The facility offers an art studio, atrium climber, cityscape, learning lab, and more to keep minds sharp and curiosities piqued. The Kids Quest Children’s Discovery Museum is located at 1116 108th Avenue NE in Bellevue, Washington 98004. For additional information, call 425-637-8100.
Stone Gardens Bellevue is located at 15600 NE 8th Street C-1 in Bellevue, Washington 98008. Chase your adrenaline across 21,000 square feet of terrain designed specifically for rock climbing with 40-ft walls, ledges for belaying and rappelling, a kid’s area, and more. There are yoga classes, rock climbing instruction, workshops, camps, and special events. For more information, call 425-644-2445.
The Crag Climbing Wall is another rock-climbing experience for enthusiasts ages four and up. Schedule a climb time, sign up for a class, attend a camp or a program. The Crag is a 33-ft. tall rock sculpted for a experience like granite. The Crag Climbing Wall is located at 450 110th Avenue NE in Bellevue, Washington 98004. For more information, call 425-452-6800.
Bellevue Square serves up tons of things to do indoors, outside of the rain in Bellevue, Washington. Take advantage of the weather by turning an otherwise gloomy day into a shopping spree! Bellevue Square’s Bellevue Collection features more than 180 retail stores, movie theater, restaurants, coffee bar, nail salon, and more. Bellevue Square is located at 575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Washington 98004. For more information, call 425-454-8096.
Salt Mine Arium turns a rainy day into an experience of tranquility, relaxation, healing, energy work, acupuncture, and more. Spend 50 minutes breathing in the benefits of a salt room, or schedule yourself for one of the other special services to help you turn an otherwise sunless day into a warm, cozy day of self care. The Salt Mine Arium is located at 1850 130th Avenue NE #4 in Bellevue, Washington 98005 and can be reached by phone at 425-497-9666.
Eastside Heritage Center can help you get in touch with your community, the history of King County, and dig your roots into your stomping ground. Explore a large collection of artifacts, archival material connected to east King County, photos, exhibits, books, presentations, and an array of educational programs. The Eastside Heritage Center is located at 11660 Main Street in Bellevue, Washington 98005. For additional information, call 425-450-1049.
Museum of Flight in nearby Seattle is the largest non-profit independent air and space museum in the world. Spend the day exploring exclusive exhibits, permanent exhibits, tours and experiences, and learning in a fun environment. The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S. in Seattle, Washington 98108 and can be reached by phone at 206-764-5720.
The Pacific Science Center in Seattle is another fabulous way to get out of the rain and have some fun. Tour dozens of exhibits, the planetarium, live science demonstrations, Imax movies, special events, a laser dome, and more. The Pacific Science Center is located at 200 Second Avenue N. in Seattle, Washington 98109. For more information, call 206-443-2001.
The Northwest Railway Museum is in nearby Snoqualmie and could be the perfect solution for rainy day blues. At the Victorian train depot, you can ride the train, visit the history center, take a tour, and explore travel as it once was. The Northwest Railway Museum is located at 238625 SE. King Street in Snoqualmie, Washington 98065. For more information, call 425-888-3030.
Local community centers are wonderful resources for social activities, entertainment, and recreation. Bellevue has a few to offer including:
Crossroads is a community center in Bellevue with an array of classes, camps, workshops, activities, and recreation. Crossroads is located at 16000 NE 10th Street in Bellevue, Washington and can be reached by phone at 425-452-4874.
South Bellevue Community Center is located at 14509 SE. Newport Way in Bellevue, Washington 98006 and can be reached by phone at 425-452-4240.
Northwest Arts Center is located at 9825 NE. 24th Street in Bellevue, Washington 98004 and can be reached by phone at 425-452-4106.
The Woodland Park Zoo offers plenty of things to do inside, out of the rain where you can still have fun with the animals. The zoo offers heated buildings that house animals, enlightening indoor educational programs, and outdoor attractions that have become favorite hangouts when it rains. In fact, you can even download a rainy day map and tour spot. The Woodland Park Zoo has two entrances. The West entrance is located at 5500 Phinney Avenue North in Seattle, Washington 98103, and the South entrance is at 750 N. 50th Street in Seattle, Washington 98103. For more information, you can call the zoo by phone at 206-548-2500.
The Seattle Aquarium fights fire with fire – or is that water with water? Don’t let rainwater dampen your day when you could go play at the Seattle Aquarium. Grab an exhibit map and set out for a rainy-day aquatic adventure where you can learn about fish that are native to the area. Check out the underwater dome, the interactive NASA kiosks, or grab a bite to eat at the on-site diner. And don’t forget to stop by the aquarium gift shop to pick up your souvenir. The Seattle Aquarium is located at 1483 Alaskan Way in Seattle, Washington 98101. For more information, you can reach the aquarium by phone at 206-386-4300.
Tukwila Fun Center is just a 30-minute drive from Bellevue and presents an array of opportunities for indoor adventure. Although the Tukwila Fun Center has plenty of things to do outdoors, indoors there’s a four-level soft playground for the littles, a fog-filled laser-tag arena for the adrenaline junkies, and a bowling alley. Of course, there’s also a full service Bullwinkle’s Restaurant ready to tempt your tummy, tickle your taste buds, and guide you to the happily full phase of your day. Tukwila Family Fun Center and Bullwinkle’s Restaurant is located at 7300 Fun Center Way in Tukwila, Washington 98188 and can be reached by phone at 425-228-7300.
Also in Seattle is the Volunteer Park Conservatory, a perfect rainy-day spot for strolling through live plants and flowers grown in warm confines. The Volunteer Park Conservatory has reasonable admission rates, garden grounds with rave reviews, and hosts an array of special events and programs throughout the year. The Volunteer Park Conservatory is located at 1402 E. Galer Street in Seattle, Washington, 98112. For more information, call 206-684-4743.
When you live in Bellevue, Washington, a little bit of rain is no reason to cancel the fun. Rain may set a different mood and lend itself to a more narrow selection for recreation and indoor entertainment, but there is still a ton of options for getting out and about, regardless of day of the week, age, interest, skill level – or weather! Stay home and read a book, take a nap, get in touch with your tunes, binge watch a television series or movies, get out and about to frequent rain-safe venues, or, for a real walk on the wild side, go find a puddle to play in! Spend your rainy day at the gym getting fit, at the spa getting pampered, or at the shops taking advantage of indoor weather. Stroll a museum, gallery, or get cozy at the library. There is always something to do, even on a rainy day, in Bellevue.
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