Bellevue, Washington is a small but rapidly growing city that sits directly across Lake Washington from Seattle. Its listed as East King County’s business, shopping and cultural hub. In 2008, Bellevue was named number 1 in CNNMoney’s list of the best places to live and launch a business. Bellevue was also ranked fourth best place to live in America. Downtown Bellevue is a fairly busy city, but it is complemented with the nearly 100 parks and numerous nature trails. But, you ask, what is there to do in Bellevue? Here are 5 of most popular things to do in Bellevue.
1) Bellevue Botanical Gardens. The Gardens has 53 acres of display gardens, woodlands, meadows and wetlands. Admission to the garden is free, and it is open from dawn to dusk. Garden d’lights is open November 27-January 1, 5pm-10pm every evening, including holidays. Tickets are $5 for everyone 10 and up. Under 10 is free! Garden d’lights includes a half million lights in a fantastic light show. For more information, visit: bellevuebotanical.org, or call 425-452-2570. They are located at 12001 Main Street in Bellevue.
2) Newcastle Beach Park. This park is immaculate, and the perfect place for some peace, quiet, and relaxation. The kids can play in the playground, or swim in the water! This is the largest beach park in Bellevue. As well as the swimming area and child play area, they have a nature trail, a 300 foot dock, and picnic facilities with barbecues. For details, see: ci.bellevue.wa.us. It is located at 4400 Lake Washington Blvd SE in Bellevue. The telephone number is 425-452-6914.
3) Bellevue Art Museum. The museum is located at 510 Bellevue Way Northeast in Bellevue. They offer unique exhibits that change continuously; currently offering exhibits such as April Surgents’ mural style glass engraving, Ginny Ruffner’s Aesthetic Engineering, and a panoramic survey of ceramic art. Admission is $10 for adults, and $7 for students and seniors. Call 425-519-0770 or go to www.bellevuearts.org.
4) Rosalie Wheyel’s Museum of Doll Art. Frankly, dolls are something that scare me, but if you love dolls you will love the Rosalie Wheyl Museum of Doll Art. I once brought a relative here who collects dolls, and she loved the museum! It is a beautiful setting, featuring over 1,200 dolls from antique to modern, as well as teddy bears, doll houses and more. The museum has won many awards. They are open from 10-5, Monday through Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for ages 5-17. Children 4 and under are free. Visit them at
dollart.com or call 425-455-0363.
5) Marguerite’s Elegant Homecooking. Marguerite’s offers real french cooking in the Pacific Northwest. This is a very popular class that both Bellevueites and tourists love. They offer true hands-on cooking, even including visits to open air markets to shop for that lessons’ ingredients, and sometimes wine and chocolate tastings. Classes, times and prices vary. Visit elegantcooking.com for a current schedule.