Attractions in Bellevue

A rapidly growing suburban community near the capital city of Washington state, Bellevue boasts plenty of attractions that impress local residents and distant visitors alike. Situated about a dozen miles east of Seattle across Lake Washington, the city of Bellevue has its own rapidly growing skyline that is filling up with skyscrapers and high rising buildings. Shopping sprees, enjoying waterfront leisure time, and exploring museums and nature make the top of the list of things to do while in Bellevue.

Situated in the downtown district, the Bellevue Square Mall is the premier shopping center in Bellevue. More than 180 stores allow visitors to go on a shopping spree for items ranging from clothing and shoes to electronics and toys. After a long day of shopping, shoppers can relax and have some fun at the Lincoln Square Cinema, play some billiards and bowling. Of course, there are dozens of eating options inside Bellevue Square to satiate anyone's taste buds. The shopping center is car friendly, as it has more than 10,000 free parking spaces available on site and in nearby lots. Directly across the Bellevue Square mall, the Downtown Park is a great green space to relax after a long day of shopping and entertainment. A free daily admission into the Bellevue Botanical Garden allows tourists to explore more than ten beautiful gardens.

Those with an interest in modern arts, crafts, and design will want to check out the Bellevue Arts Museum, which is conveniently located directly across Bellevue Square mall and the Downtown Park. The museum offers changing exhibits of items and visual arts made by Northwest U.S. artists and international artists. In fact, the nearby Downtown Park also expresses the city's artistic character by having dozens of three dimensional sculptural installations on site.

For young girls, one of the favorite attractions in Bellevue is the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Dolls. With a collection of more than 1,200 unique dolls from various eras, children and even adults will be fascinated. For those who can spare extra money, the museum store offers visitors the chance to take back home limited editions of hand made dolls that come with a hefty price tag. Another great kid friendly attraction in Bellevue is the KidsQuest Children's Museum, which offers hands-on and visual activities with plenty of educational value for children of all ages. Playground-like installations allow children to stimulate their minds and bodies while having fun.

While visiting downtown Bellevue, it is also a good idea to check the event calendar of Meydenbauer Center, the premier convention center in the city that hosts trade shows, conferences, concerts, and other entertainment. During the summer, Bellevue offers great recreational opportunities at multiple lakefront beaches such as Newcastle, Clyde, and Chism Beach parks.