Bellevue is prime country for outdoor recreation. Go boating or fishing on Washington and Sammamish lakes, kayak through Mercer Slough Nature Park, or climb and ski in the nearby Cascade Mountains. For more leisurely recreation, play a round at Bellevue Municipal Golf Course or enjoy a stroll around the stunning Bellevue Botanical Gardens.
In Bellevue, festivals dot the calendar all year. Kelsey Creek Farm Park hosts lively agricultural fairs each spring and fall, and the annual Strawberry Festival makes June delicious. July brings the Family 4th of July Celebration and the long-running Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair. And the six-week Magic Season caps off the festival year with family-friendly ice skating, light displays and holiday-themed performances.
Bellevue's diversity shows in the city's delicious and varied dining options. Diners regularly trek from as far away as Vancouver to enjoy fine Asian cuisine at Facing East. Try fresh, authentic Mexican food at Taqueria El Reconsinto or Ooba Tooba Mexican Grill. If Mediterranean is more your speed, get your kebab fix at Mediterranean Kitchen. Craving Indian food? India Gate Restaurant offers both a buffet and a full range of menu specialties.
Arts & Culture
Bellevue's arts offerings cover many genres, from contemporary art at the Bellevue Arts Museum to live music and theater at the Meydenbauer Center. The bi-annual Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition draws thousands, and summer brings open-air concerts and movies downtown. Kids can connect with the arts and science through hands-on exhibits at KidsQuest Children's Museum.