The Bellevue - Seattle Washington area is full of attractions for all ages. You won't run out of things to do in Bellevue, but if you want to venture to the big city, Bellevue is located just ten minutes east of downtown Seattle.
Bellevue offers some of the best shopping in the world within a short distance from the Bellevue Hilton. Crossroads Bellevue offers 40 acres of stores where shoppers can enjoy free live music, public art, cultural events and more. Bellevue Collection is considered by many one of the best malls in the country. With over 200 stores and many excellent restaurants, you will be able to shop 'til you drop, recharge with a good meal, and start all over again.
Shopping at the Bravern is a vibrant experience among the classic architecture and lush landscaping, reflecting a quaint European village. Featuring the region’s only Neiman Marcus, award-winning restaurants and outdoor fireplaces, the Shops at the Bravern is much more than a simple shopping experience!
Just south of Downtown Bellevue Park, Old Bellevue offers quaint, friendly shopping that features upscale boutiques and gift shops, delis and restaurants. The old-fashioned lampposts along Main Street between Bellevue Way and NE 100th street lend historical flavor.
The Bellevue Galleria offers retail and restaurants in the heart of Bellevue. It features a movie theater on the top floor, a huge spa & salon, several popular restaurants, and a large plaza with year-round events.
Considered one of the best malls in the country by many, Bellevue Square, or "Bel Square" as the locals say, is a wonderful place to shop. With over 200 stores and many excellent restaurants, you will be able to shop ‘til you drop, recharge with a good meal and start all over again. Bellevue Square features favorites like Nordstrom, Crate and Barrel, Macy's and Tiffany & Co., plus dozens of unique shops that you won't find anywhere else. The Bellevue Collection also offers concierge services, valet parking, a local shuttle bus, and children's play areas.
Crossroads Bellevue Mall offers 40 acres of stores, including home furnishings, art and crafting supplies, books and music, shoes and unique fashions. Shoppers at Crossroads Bellevue enjoy free live music, public art and cultural events. Restaurants are on site offering delicious international cuisine, and other activities include a movie theater, a giant chess set, a restored classic carousel and free WI-FI.
Factoria Mall has over 60 stores and services and offers uncompromising convenience and selection with a neighborhood feel.
Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Westlake Center is a four-story, glass enclosed retail pavilion offering a mix of national retailers and a unique selection of the finest quality regional merchandise. The Center offers a high-energy, one-of-a-kind urban shopping environment.
Sports & Entertainment Venues
If you crave the action of professional sports, Seattle has a lot to offer. Less than ten miles from the Bellevue Hilton, The NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders play at CenturyLink Field near Pioneer Square in Seattle. The Seattle Mariners play at Safeco Field in the SoDo district of downtown Seattle.
Centurylink Field - Home To The Seattle Seahawks And The Seattle Sounders
As one of Seattle’s most famous attractions, CenturyLink Field has been used as a venue for Seattle’s biggest events for nearly 15 years! As a proud home to the Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field has helped drive the team to become a top tier competitor in the NFL. Soccer has also shown a resounding success at the stadium, featuring not only one of the first teams of MLS, the Seattle Sounders, but exhibition matches with Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, and Club America as well! CenturyLink has also hosted legendary musical acts in Seattle, providing a venue for artists ranging from The Rolling Stones to U2 to Metallica! With ample seating and an event center inside the stadium, it’s no wonder why CenturyLink Field is so popular among our guests!
Safeco Field - Home to the Seattle Mariners
“The Safe” as it’s locally known has been helping Seattle’s baseball fans enjoy the game since 1999. After the Mariners were able to gain public support for building a new field in 1995, funding and construction went underway, building up to the inaugural game in July only four years later. With stunning views that span from Puget Sound to Downtown Seattle, every one of the ballparks 47,116 seats provide a breathtaking backdrop to a fantastic game of baseball. The retractable roof also protects fans from the occasional rains that Seattle is famous for. Acting as an umbrella, the roof also provides a natural insulation, preventing the need for extra heating or cooling. Since it was built, SafeCo Field has provided our local fans with a home to be proud of as they relax and enjoy the game as it was meant to be played.
Husky Stadium - Home To The University Of Washington Huskies
With a history that stretches back to the Roaring ‘20s, Husky Stadium has been a staple for football fans across the country for generations. Over its tenure as the primary arena for the University of Washington, it has consistently revolutionized aspects of how we enjoy football; from inventing “The Wave” to pioneering the use of Astro Turf. With space for 72,500 fans, it’s not only the largest college stadium in the Pacific Northwest, it’s also the loudest! As proud fans of the University of Washington, we always love seeing guests who plan on visiting Huskies Stadium.
As an award winning venue, they KeyArena is home to a variety of different teams around the Seattle area. Basketball, hockey, and boxing all take place at this versatile and monumental coliseum. It has an incredible capacity for seating, due to its original design as a pavilion for the 1962 World’s Fair. In 1995 it was rebuilt as the KeyArena, bringing it up to NBA standards, allowing it to host The Seattle Storm, Supersonics, and the Washington Huskies basketball team! Hosting games and concerts, the KeyArena is a long standing hot spot in Seattle’s history, and has brought people together for incredible experiences!
Some of Seattle’s best youth teams come to 60 Acres for games and practice. While many fields are designed with soccer in mind, local groups flock to the location for all forms of fun! RC flying and Frisbee are two of the most popular reasons to visit, but leagues and teams of all types of amateur and youth sports come for an afternoon of fun! Bring a lunch and relax near the covered picnic area, or grab an open field for a quick pick up game, or just relax and enjoy a sunny afternoon, there’s no wrong way to enjoy this popular park!
The Seattle-Bellevue area has a lively theater scene with its best-known theater company being the Intiman Theatre housed in Queen Anne Hall. Seattle Repertory Theatre, the city's oldest, is known for its lavish, high-quality productions. Seattle is also known for its annual three-week Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival. The Seattle Symphony performs at Benaroya Concert Hall and Seattle also supports the only chamber orchestra in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Orchestra. The Seattle Opera stages full-scale productions of five operas every year. The Pacific Northwest Ballet, which performs at Seattle's Opera House, is the region's premier ballet troupe. Seattle is also home to the Allegro Dance Festival, a dance ensemble that focuses on ethnic dance and new works by area choreographers.
The arts come alive on the Eastside, thanks to The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center. Since opening in the mid 1990's, this state-of-the-art, 410-seat facility has fulfilled its role as one of the Pacific Northwest's premier places for community-based performing arts. Each year, the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center hosts an array of productions by local, regional and national performing arts groups.
Bellevue Opera's mission is to carry on the tradition of grand opera by presenting professional productions of the highest quality which make this rich and historic art form accessible to audiences of all ages.
The International Ballet Theatre performs classical ballet repertoire with full-length productions that reflect traditional as well as original choreography. IBT performances, which are designed for audiences of all ages, inspire imagination and an appreciation of the performing arts through the beauty of dance.
Bellevue Civic Theatre presents terrific productions of contemporary theatre and modern musicals with a consistently high level of quality. One very important aspect of BCT is that it is the only professional theatre company in Bellevue with a unique combination of Equity and community actors in each show.
Tateuchi Center will be a 2,000-seat premier center for the performing arts, presenting nationally and internationally acclaimed music, theatre, and dance to audiences east of Lake Washington. The Center will be located in downtown Bellevue and is scheduled to open in 2014.
Meany Hall hosts a variety of events, from academic arts to internationally acclaimed performers. Standing on the southwest corner of "Red Square" on the University of Washington campus, Meany Hall for the Performing Arts originally opened for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909. Meany Hall is now considered one of the region's finest performance facilities, beloved by artists and audience members alike for its outstanding acoustics and intimate ambiance.
The Early Music Guild of Seattle was founded in 1977 as a non-profit corporation to foster appreciation for the music of earlier historical periods. Focusing on historically informed performances of repertoire from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods, the Guild presents annual concert series by internationally known artists. EMG presents and promotes early music in Seattle and throughout the Puget Sound region. Its musical performances capture the excitement of music from the Middle Ages through the 18th Century.
Seattle Symphony, a vital part of the Pacific Northwest cultural scene, is recognized for its extraordinary performances, programming, recordings and community engagement. With a dedicated subscriber base of more than 36,000 patrons, the Symphony performs or presents nearly 220 performances annually to an audience of more than 315,000 people.
The Paramount originally served as a vaudeville and silent film venue. With more than 3,000 seats, it was one of the largest of its kind. Yet it was built to accommodate only simple stage acts, silent films, and organ and orchestral music. Remodeling has transformed the Paramount into a first class venue for concerts and the performing arts.
Built in 1907, the Moore Theatre is the oldest remaining theatre in Seattle. The original owner, James A. Moore, was a flamboyant developer responsible for many of the early homes and structures in downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill. Hailed as one of the most beautiful and completely equipped playhouses in the United States, the Moore boasted a grand lobby with mosaic floors, marble, onyx, carved wood, stained glass, and metal. The theatre interior was resplendent with clusters of lights, rich hangings, and stained-glass paneling. In the last twenty years the Moore has defined itself as a venue for both local community events, such as lectures, beauty pageants, and local dance or musical groups, and as a home for more touring musicians and theatre. Virtually every musical genre, from the most hard-core punk to flashy funk, has had a place on the Moore stage in recent years.
Seattle Opera strives to produce musically extraordinary, theatrically compelling operas, employing uniformly high-quality casts, dramatically aware conductors, and innovative yet textually concerned directors and designers. Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. The company is recognized internationally for the quality of its productions and as the pre-eminent presenter of Wagner's opera in the United States.
Located in the heart of downtown Seattle and serving a population of curious, open-minded, and brave audiences, ACT is the only local theatre dedicated to producing contemporary work with promising playwrights and local performing artists since 1965. ACT produces a season of plays from April - November, the holiday classic A Christmas Carol in December, and a wide variety of smaller productions, readings and workshops throughout the year.
Since 1926, the magnificent 5th Avenue Theatre has captivated audiences with music, drama and laughter. In the early days, people eagerly lined up for first-class vaudeville shows, featuring top entertainers. The theatre later transformed itself into a popular movie palace. The 5th fell on hard times in the late 70's-but fortunately, was saved from a wrecking ball by a visionary group of businesses and community leaders. Following a spectacular $2.6-million renovation, the theatre re-opened in 1980, more beautiful than ever. Today, the 5th Avenue Theatre proudly produces top-quality musical revivals, premieres of bound-for-Broadway shows and touring Broadway musicals.
Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, was founded in 1972. The Company of nearly 50 dancers presents more than 100 performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall and on tour. The Company has toured to Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada and throughout the United States, with celebrated appearances at Jacob's Pillow and in New York City and Washington DC.
Seattle Repertory Theatre, founded in 1963, is one of America's premier non-profit resident theatres. Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays on two stages along with educational programs and new play workshops.
Meydenbauer Center is Bellevue, Washington's premier convention center and performing arts venue. Centrally located just steps away from the Bellevue Hilton, Meydenbauer Center offers a host of the Northwest's best amenities for conventions, meetings and banquets.
Seattle’s Pike Place Market is an historic, open air market located in the heart of Seattle, Washington. People come from all over the world to see the world famous crew of fishmongers throwing fish and having fun with customers. Visit Pike Place to find some of the freshest seafood in the Seattle area, and have some fun while you’re at it!
Built in 1962, the Space Needle served as the symbol of the Seattle World's Fair. It has since become the symbol of Seattle and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The privately owned Space Needle is managed by the Space Needle Corporation. The needle features an observation deck, restaurant, gift shop and more.
Enjoy world-class gaming and entertainment just 20 minutes from the Hilton Bellevue Hotel. Snoqualmie Casino features five restaurants, a renowned concert venue, an upscale cigar lounge and Vegas-style gaming and entertainment. Located in beautiful Northwest Washington state, Snoqualmie Casico sits in unrivaled natural surroundings with sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains!
Bellevue Arts Museum is the Pacific Northwest's center for the exploration of art, craft and design through exhibitions, educational programs and partnerships, emphasizing the work of regional artists. The museum is located across from Bellevue Square in the heart of downtown Bellevue.
The Bellevue Botanical Gardens, which encompasses 36 acres of rolling hills, attracts garden enthusiasts from all over the world. The Bellevue Botanical Gardens is the perfect place for a quiet moment to enjoy the beauty of the Northwest. Visitors enjoy strolling the dramatic display gardens and serene woodlands, browsing the gift shop and touring with garden docents.
Beaches & Parks
Explore the 640 acres of Marymoor Park! Enjoy movies in the park, outdoor concerts, and ample outdoor activities, including the 27-mile Sammamish River Trail, Dasani Blue Bike rentals, and the expansive gardens at Clise Mansion. Also home to a 40 acre off leash dog park, Marymoor is a hub of recreational activities for the whole family!
Nestled in the heart of Bellevue, the 320-acre Mercer Slough Nature Park offers a tranquil setting for a variety of recreational experiences: biking, hiking, canoeing, blueberry picking, and environmental education. The Mercer Slough is Lake Washington’s largest remaining wetland, containing hundreds of plant species and an abundance of water resources. The park provides a diverse habitat for over 170 species of wildlife. Interconnected boardwalks, soft surface trails and asphalt paths transport visitors through this unique urban wetland.
Bellevue Parks • Varied Locations
Bellevue is widely known as a "City in the Park," and has preserved over 1,700 acres of parks and open spaces (nearly 100 parks), with nearly 40 miles of trails for walking or biking. Ten of these city parks are on the water. Bellevue Downtown Park provides 20 acres of green space in the heart of downtown, with formal gardens, a 14-foot waterfall and a reflecting pool.
Beaches • Varied Locations
Bellevue has at least six beaches, most of which offer fishing, swimming, and play & picnic areas. Enatai beach offers canoe & kayak rentals and Newcastle beach is the largest, with many features that make it a great family fun destination in Bellevue.
Zoos & Aquariums
For more than 100 years, Woodland Park Zoo has been a cherished community resource and a unique urban oasis. Generations of Puget Sound families have come to the zoo to marvel at the animals and be inspired by the peaceful and beautiful surroundings. The zoo features more than 1,090 individual animals, representing nearly 300 species. This conservation and education institution is open every day of the year. There are plenty of opportunities to visit the African Savannah exhibits, Raptor Center, Tropical Asia and Rain Forest.
You can enjoy a hands-on marine experience and preservation education at the Seattle Aquarium. The Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound that surrounds you! They offer many interesting events and programs sure to please the whole family.