Admittedly, Bellevue, Washington is one of the smallest towns in America. However, this small town is located right next to Washington’s most popular and one of the largest towns: Seattle. Being only fifteen minutes away by car makes Bellevue a slightly better place to live. If you are ever in the area, here are the top 5 things to do in or around Bellevue, Washington.
Bellevue Botanical Gardens
The Bellevue Botanical Gardens is located in the Wilburton Hill Park. The garden is open daily from dawn until dusk while the visiting center is open from 9- 4. The gift shop is open daily from 10-3:30. This is one of Washington’s largest gardens sprawling out on over thirty-six acres of land. There are many colorful blooms no matter the season. The grounds are kept impeccable by the City of Bellevue maintenance. You can enjoy beautiful Japanese gardens, natural woodlands, and the conservation area. The best part of all- it’s free.
Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art
The Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art is located at 1116 108th Ave NE in Bellevue. They are open Monday- Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. Price of admission is $8 adult, $7 senior, $5 children and children 4 and under are free. This is the private collection of Mrs. Rosalie Whyel. She has amassed over three thousand dolls, teddy bears, toys and antique miniatures since she was a little girl. She has won several awards for her displays and historical contexts of toys and dolls. There is a gift shop on location for anyone interested in purchasing a lovely gift or memento to take home with them.
The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center
The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center is a popular place to go among parents and grandparents visiting as well as those in the area. It is located at 11100 6th St SE in Bellevue. The box office is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12-6. Performance times as well as admission vary depending on the performance. This theater offers a variety of concerts from the Philharmonic to Ballet Bellevue. There is also a children’s theater as well as other family- friendly programs that are put on regularly.
Located in the Mercer Slough Nature Park, the Winters House hours are Monday through Saturday 10-4. This Spanish style home was built in the early 1920s and was the very first home built in Bellevue. It was also the very first historic site in the area. It is free to check out the museum that was once owned by a florist named Frederick Winters.
Bellevue Downtown Park
The Bellevue Downtown Park is located at 10201 4th St NE in Bellevue. The park is open from dawn until dusk. This twenty-six acre park attracts everyone from teenagers, to senior citizens and everyone in between! Whether you want to take a stroll along one of the many nature paths, look into the reflection pool, play in the rushing waterfall or just hang out in the grass knolls for a game of Frisbee and a picnic, there is something for everyone located in this park in the heart of downtown Bellevue. It’s the green space within a concrete jungle!