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Downtown Bellevue Art Walk

Julie Spiedel Sculpture at Meydenbauer CenterArt Stump Root

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

 Bellevue Botanical Garden Ravine Bridge  Bellevue Botanical Garden Autumn

The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society recruits and trains volunteer docents to guide scheduled tours of the Bellevue Botanical Garden. There is no charge for tours. Each Saturday and Sunday, April through October, a tour begins at the Visitor Center at 2pm.

Additional tours may be arranged seven days a week from April through October. A two week notice is required to schedule all tours.  Group size is limited to a maximum number of fifty (50) people. Children's tours are available for first through sixth graders.

To schedule a guided tour please call contact the Bellevue Botanical Garden at (425) 451-3755 or by email