Kid-friendly Eastside picks to get the whole family outdoors
You don't need sun to have fun at Enatai Beach Park.
The Eastside has no shortage of superb outdoor activities. If you’re looking to switch up your usual weekend adventuring and motivate your kids to get out of the house, head to one of these sweet outdoor activities.
The always-calm Bellevue Botanical Garden is a total oasis for nature- and flower-loving kiddos; they also host kids’ gardening and agricultural classes throughout the year.
12001 Main St, Bellevue, 98005
Mercer Island’s incredible outdoor Adventure Playground (read our review here) is open on Sundays from 1 to 4 until September 27 and is one of the Eastside’s neatest playspaces. The build-it-yourself play zones are super customizable – perfect for your uber-creative kiddo.
5500 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island, 98040
Bellevue Zip Tours offers scary-good zipline tours in the trees – a rad weekend activity with older kids.
If you've never ziplined, it's time to try. Bellevue Zip Tours' six rad ziplines will get your heart racing and show you a side of the city you've never seen before. Located in Eastgate Park just off I-90 at the South Bellevue Community Center, this is an awesome activity for families with teens or older kids looking for bigger thrills.
14509 SE Newport Way, Bellevue, 98006
Luther Burbank Park is rich with Eastside history.
An old brick dormitory still stands as evidence of the many children who have visited this piece of land through the years. The site of a school for delinquent youth from 1905 to 1966, kids used to be schooled in academics and farming here. Today, kids come here to play. At 77 acres, the waterfront park has incredible Lake Washington views, trails, a boat dock and fishing pier, a sandy beach perfect for little kids and a unique playground.
2040 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, 98040
What began as a roadside produce stand more than 30 years ago has grown into a full-fledged market, restaurant, U-pick fields, and the closest thing the Eastside has to an amusement park for kids. Now open on weekends for the season, the Country Fair Fun Park has more than 25 rides and attractions including a kid-sized roller coaster, pony rides and a mini steam train that rolls along the Tolt River.
32610 NE 32nd St, Carnation, 98014
Animal lovers will dig the farm animals at Kelsey Creek Farm. The furry pals are in their pastures every day of the year from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The farm’s also got a playground and picnic tables. Best of all, entrance is free!
410 130 Pl SE, Bellevue, 98008
Lovely Enatai Beach Park is a haven for paddle fanatics: Rent kayaks or canoes daily throughout the summer and weekends in September from Cascade PaddleSports.
3519 108th Ave. SE, Bellevue, 98004
No Eastside guide would be complete without mentioning Snoqualmie Falls. Did you know they're 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls? At 276 feet, the breathtaking falls are one of the state’s most popular attractions, with more than 1.5 million visitors each year.
6501 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, 98065
Just one mile west of Snoqualmie Falls, this is a little museum that could. It’s housed in the original 1890 Snoqualmie Depot, a national historic site. Walk through the short railway exhibit, then buy a ticket to ride on an historic train – at the same ticket window people used more than 100 years ago. The 70-minute, five-mile ride runs through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley to North Bend. All aboard!
38625 SE King St, Snoqualmie, 98065
Sightings of western painted turtles sunning themselves on wetland logs are almost a sure thing on a warm day at Juanita Bay Park. The 110-acre park hosts interpretive trails and boardwalks. Eastside Audubon offers regular birding walks at the park. Check their calendar for dates and times.
2201 Market St, Kirkland, 98033
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