Econo Lodge Near Bellevue Square
4710 Lake Washington Blvd,NE
Renton, WA 98056
Phone: (425) 228-2858
Fax: (425) 228-3055
One of the less-known escapes for downtown residents and workers is this little South Seattle park. The trails in the 36-acre park follow a stream through a thickly wooded area and lush canyon that offers a true reprieve from the pressures of the day. A wooden boardwalk stretches over sections of trail and picnickers abound. Many people choose to spend the whole day out here.
Enjoy hours of delight and discovery at this innovative hands-on museum for children and families designed to engage kids from infancy to age ten. KidsQuest is a unique place for fun and exploration. Art, science, technology and daily life experiences are integrated in world-class exhibits with strong ties to the Pacific Northwest.
This lovely park has been preserved in its natural state, and it has changed very little in the past 100 years. Sitting right on the shores of Lake Washington, this is one of the most beautiful parks in Seattle. Free parking is available. Usage and therefore crowds are lower here than in other Seattle parks. You will feel like you are out in the country rather than in the middle of a bustling city. Enjoy bicycling and walking, and enjoy the trees, birds and small animals that live here.
A day at the Enatai Beach Park makes for a wonderful family outing. With several superb picnic spots, both on the beach as well as in the park, Enatai has space to accommodate over 30 families. There are also boat and canoe rentals can be made.
This 16-mile trail system rolls next to the Cedar River through two of King County's southern communities. The trail is a scenic journey through the Renton and Maple Valley areas, including a branch that leads to the Lake Wilderness Park. The trail also comes out near the Boeing plant, and cyclists ride past one of the fields where plant workers build the planes and test various sections. Sections of the trail are paved and a map is available on the Web site.
Out on the southeast edge of Bellevue sits one of the city's largest and most spectacular parks. At about 300 acres, it is home to the largest natural wetland on Lake Washington. This makes it a natural attraction to a variety of species that you probably would not run into otherwise. More than 100 hundred bird species call it home and coyotes, beavers and muskrats sometimes reveal themselves. Guided tours are provided throughout the year.
Located just a few miles east of Seattle in the city of Bellevue is the Bellevue College which enrolls close to 37,000 students each academic year. The 3rd largest educational institution in the state of Washington, this college is known for its all-inclusive nature, and welcomes students from more than 65 countries. Check website for more information on the courses, degrees and programs offered.
Named for the great naturalist Luther Burbank, this park has trees and vegetation from all over the world. Located on Mercer Island in Lake Washington between Seattle and the Eastside, this island is highly accessible and only minutes from downtown. The park is the administrative headquarters for King County Parks. Park amenities include tennis courts, picnic grounds and a swimming beach with seasonal lifeguards. There is an off-leash area for dogs, and a marsh with red winged blackbirds, marsh wrens, even eagles and osprey. Free parking is available in lot.
Located on the Bellevue College Campus, Willard Geer Planetarium is one of the most progressive planetariums in the state in regards to its technological set up. Used by students of the college and the near by schools, it is one of Bellevue's prime spots.
Seattle Washington Temple is a stunning temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) located in Bellevue. It is the 19th active LDS church. It is adorned with a prominent single spire and its height was reduced due to its nearness to Bellevue Airfield. The church's building is a spectacle of grandeur. Besides its regular services, the church also conducts the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, as also talks and Bible sessions. Check the website for service timings and more.
If you are located on the Eastside, it is time to put your SUV to use and head out to this wonderful Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park,it is a somewhat-neglected park. Its 3,000-plus acres include hikes through old growth spruce, cedar and fir forests. If you are heading out into more remote areas of the park, though, you do need to keep an eye out for local wildlife....the park doesn't have its name for nothing. It opens daily from 8a.
On the tumbling slopes of one of Bellevue's older residential neighborhoods, Chism Beach Park combines a lake beach with winding roads and hilly trails. The beach is the focus, with plenty of space for parking, picnics, sand castle building and diving into the water. The leisurely drive through the upper reaches of the park is pleasant, too, with occasional sudden lake views and quiet hiking trails. You'd never know you were five minutes from downtown Bellevue.