Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Seattle Sights

Bellevue Botanical Gardens

  • 12001 Main St. Map It
  • Bellevue
  • Garden/Arboretum

Updated 04/03/2013

Fodor's Review

This beautiful 53-acre public area next to Wilburton Hill Park and just a short drive from Downtown Bellevue is encircled by spectacular perennial borders, brilliant rhododendron displays, and patches of alpine and rock gardens. A new area, the Ravine Experience, encompasses a 5-acre area in the heavily forested southwest corner of the gardens with a 1/3-mile nature trail. A 150-foot suspension bridge crosses a deep ravine in one of the most pristine spaces, allowing visitors

to observe unique topography and soaring conifers without disturbing the forest floor. Docents lead tours of the gardens Saturdays and Sundays (April through October), beginning at the visitor center at 2 pm. The Yao Japanese garden is especially beautiful in fall. One of the most interesting features of the park is the Waterwise Garden, which was planted with greenery that needs little water in summer. During the holiday season (late Nov.–late Dec.), the gardens are lit up nightly from 5 to 10 pm for Garden d'Lights, one of the area's most popular seasonal attractions. From downtown Bellevue, head south on 116th to SE 1st St. and take a right on Main Street.

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

12001 Main St., Bellevue, Washington, 98005, United States

Map It

Phone:

425-452–2750

Sight Details:

  • Free; winter Garden d'Lights festival, $5
  • Gardens daily dawn–dusk, visitor center daily 9–4

Updated 04/03/2013

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Sights

See all sights in Seattle

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement