Downtown Bellevue Art Walk
There is no better way to explore Bellevue than on foot and following the Downtown Bellevue Art Walk is a great way to see popular spots as well as hidden treasures. Downtown Bellevue boasts more than 120 works of public art, both indoors and out. People interested in seeing the art can pick up the "ArtMap", courtesy of the Bellevue Arts Commission, that graphically displays how art has become ingrained in the character of downtown. ArtMaps are free and available on the first floor of City Hall and in the information kiosk at Meydenbauer Center on level 2.
You are also welcome to download and print out this printer-friendly version of the full map. Alternatively, for a map that just shows a smaller section of downtown, print only the pages you need from this version.
Downtown Bellevue is roughly 1 square mile, laid out on a grid pattern and easy to navigate. As a result, art walks nearly organize themselves. Just pick a starting point and this guide will show you where all the art is nearby. Pick your direction and set off on your art explorations.
Early Bellevue Walking Tour
Eastside Heritage Center presents the Early Bellevue Walking Tour, a self-guided tour with 24 sites intended to share some of Bellevue's early history with visitors and the public at large. The tour begins at NE 8th Street and Bellevue Way, heads south to the Downtown Park, then west to Meydenbauer Beach Park, along the waterfront, and then back up into Old Bellevue, covering a number of historic sites along Main Street.
The Early Bellevue Walking Tour Brochure can be found here.
Bellevue Botanical Garden Group Tours
The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society offers docent-led walking tours of the Bellevue Botanical Garden every Saturday and Sunday, April through October. A tour begins at the Gathering Place at 2pm. Tours are free, although donations are encouraged.
Private docent-led tours of the Garden are also available on any day of the week for groups of up to 50 people. Two weeks' notice is required. Children's tours are also available for first through sixth graders.
If you'd like to schedule a private docent tour, please contact the Bellevue Botanical Garden at (425) 452-2750 or by email.