The 10 Best Things to Do in Mercer Island, United States

January 12, 2018 Nicolette Lion

Mercer Island is a city in King County, Washington, United States located on an island of the same name in the southern portion of Lake Washington. Mercer Island is in the Seattle Metropolitan Area, with Seattle located to its west and Bellevue located to its east.
Restaurants in Mercer Island

1. Bellevue Botanical Garden

12001 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005-3522 +1 425-452-2750
Excellent
66%
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29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 541 reviews

Bellevue Botanical Garden

The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. The living collections showcase plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest. Our demonstration of good garden design and horticulture techniques inspire visitors to create their own beautiful, healthy gardens. We provide a place of beauty, serenity, and learning for thousands of visitors each year. There are also many fun things to do throughout the seasons: plant sales, community celebrations, summer concerts, art exhibits and holiday light festivities.

Reviewed By Darina R

Gorgeous park (though quite small) with a variety of plants and flowers. Especially pretty during the summer time and during the winter, when they do "Garden De'Lights". It's a Christmas light installation. Gorgeous!

2. Luther Burbank Park

2040 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040-2222 +1 206-236-3545
Excellent
65%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Luther Burbank Park

Reviewed By denver60 - Denver, Colorado

Luther Burbank Park offers beautiful views of Lake Washington. There is a nice trail along the water and picnic tables and benches scattered throughout. The beach area would probably be nice in the summer but it was too cold for swimming when we visited.

3. Chihuly Garden and Glass

305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109-4623 +1 206-753-4940
Excellent
82%
Good
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5 based on 19 reviews

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Located in the heart of Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass provides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Through the exhibition’s eight interior galleries, lush outdoor garden and centerpiece Glasshouse visitors will experience a comprehensive look at Chihuly's most significant series of work. With both day and night experiences, and full-service dining in the adjoining Collections Café, this long-term exhibition offers a unique experience rain or shine.

Reviewed By JeannineBC - Kelowna, Canada

Wow. The colours, shapes and feeling of the designs were just incredible. This was my favourite activity while in Seattle, even just sitting in the garden was superb. The staff are friendly and even give a glass blowing demonstration which was brilliant. I had wanted to see the gallery but had no idea how enthralled we would be. We thought we were filling some time before going to the space needle but this was the best exhibition, we spent approximately 2.5 hours here and it easily could have been longer. Definitely recommend.

4. Pike Place Market

Between Pike and Pine sts. at First Ave., Between Pike and Pine sts. at First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101 +1 206-682-7453
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Pike Place Market

One of the few authentic farmer's markets in the United States, this hub of delicious scents, delectable eats and delightful personalities attracts nine million visitors a year.

Reviewed By SadhanaRakesh - Recife, PE

One must visit the Public Market Center – Pike Place Market whenever you are in Seattle / Seattle downtown. It was not very busy during weekdays. Enjoyed the great view around including the giant wheel side.

Since it is a covered market, it is suitable to visit all the seasons including a rainy day. Have a look at fresh flowers, fresh fruits and seafood. Coffee shops and bakery are plenty.

Farmers market provides to the opportunity to see a variety of fresh vegetables at reasonable cost.

One can have a look of Cheese making process through glass window – various types of fresh cheese, all very tasty!

It is open all the seven days! Good for shopping too.

5. Downtown Park

10201 Northeast Fourth St, Bellevue, WA 98005
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 373 reviews

Downtown Park

Reviewed By Finnhillmom - Kirkland, Washington

This is a great park on, especially on a clear day. There are nice loops for a leisurely stroll or to burn some calories. A great play ground is there and if you have elderly or handicapped folks want to just take a short walk its perfect, no hills or gravel to navigate.

6. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

1201 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056-2567 +1 425-430-6600
Excellent
58%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 232 reviews

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

Reviewed By Chuang004 - Los Angeles, California

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park comprises 57 acres of land and water at the southeast corner of Lake Washington, next to the Hyatt Regency where we stayed for vacation. The park presents many water-related recreational activities, including Swimming Beach (open in Summer, not when we visited in January though) but also ground/land activities like Playground (for kids, mainly), Picnic Shelters, Tennis Courts, Horseshoe pits, Sand Volleyball Courts, Botanical Walk, Fishing Pier and Paved Walking/Jogging Trails along the shoreline access to the Lake Washington Loop Trail on Lake Washington Boulevard.
It’s enjoyable to just walked around the Park and listening to children’s ear-piercing excitement at the Playground

7. Bellevue Square

Bellevue Way and NE Eighth St., Bellevue, WA +1 425-454-8096
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 266 reviews

Bellevue Square

Reviewed By Vmanfromtx - Redmond, Washington

If you visit Seattle area you must stop by Bellevue Square (aka Bell Square) It’s in Bellevue at the Corner on NE 8th and Bellevue Way, from Big anchors to small shops you won’t go wanting for something you can’t find. iPhone, A&F clothing, Tesla, Ben Bridge Jewlery aka Rolex watches, even a (cough) Microsoft shop. Spend an afternoon and treat yourself. Best shopping spree in America.

8. Oh! Chocolate

2703 76th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040-2735 +1 206-232-4974
Excellent
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5 based on 2 reviews

Oh! Chocolate

Reviewed By ebcnaz - Seattle, Washington

Lovely chocolate that is attractive and tasty. You can tell they use very good ingredients with loving care to make these morsels of happiness at this oasis of pleasure. In other words. Check 'em out. Its great! Its a small store with a large selection of wonders.

9. Mercer Slough Nature Park

2102 Bellevue Way Southeast, Bellevue, WA 98004 +1 425-452-2565
Excellent
59%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 89 reviews

Mercer Slough Nature Park

Reviewed By Amy35394 - Boise, Idaho

We rented a canoe at Enatai beach and paddled into Merced Slough. It was a peaceful, easy canoe ride with my kids. We saw frogs, turtles, blue herons, ducks and jumping fish. It was just long enough that we didn't get too tired of paddling. The cost was about $15 for 1 hour. They helped get the canoe in the water and we didn't even have to get wet.

10. The Museum of Flight

9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA 98108-4046 +1 206-764-5700
Excellent
76%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

The Museum of Flight

Walk the aisle of JFK's Air Force One and climb aboard the West Coast's only Concorde. Revel in the history and heroics of WWI and WWII. Barrel-roll a Mustang, land on the moon, and soar over Puget Sound in a simulator. Experience the excitement of the space race and sit at the controls of the world's fastest jet. From the Wright brothers to the exploration of Mars, you'll find it at The Museum of Flight!

Reviewed By William S - Mentor, Ohio

Any child involved in STEM classes needs to go to this museum. Leave yourself about 2.5 to 3 hours to see everything. I’m not a science person so it was all fascinating to me what goes into getting these huge aircraft off the ground. Very interesting and informational movies and the docents are exceptionally informative. Great experience for a rainy day in Seattle.

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