Bellevue is the biggest suburb of Seattle in Washington, and CNN listed it the number one place in America to live and start a business. Dog lovers agree, and there are estimated to be more than 30,000 dogs living in the city of Bellevue. With all the dogs in town, you know there are plenty of pet-friendly places to visit with your pup.
Like hiking? Mercer Slough Nature Park Trails has seven trails in all levels of difficulty. It is Lake Washington’s biggest wetland and has over 320 acres with more than 170 species of animals. Some of the trails are difficult and require experience, but many of the trails are beginner-friendly and take you through forests, marshes, wetlands, and meadows with a feeling of being in the wilderness. You can even pick blueberries on some of the trails.
Another great hike is the Lake to Lake Trail & Greenway, which runs from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. This trail is approximately 10 miles through wetlands, forests, historic farms, and more than 800 acres of parkland passing through nine different parks. You can see deer, foxes, herons, eagles, raccoons, squirrels, and much more. This trail is good for beginners as well as experts and there are plenty of stops along the way. Be sure to enjoy your stay in Bellevue!
The Bellevue Downtown Park is a green oasis of shade trees, a stepped canal, and a waterfall that cascades into an expansive pond. The 10-acre paw-tastic lawn is perfect for a leashed walk or romp with your energetic pup. Afterwards, drop into Ooba Tooba’s Mexican Grill for some tasty Tex-Mex fare, or try MOD Pizza, serving pizza your way. Both have pup-friendly patio seating. 520 Bar and Grill offers traditional bar eats with dog-friendly garden seating complete with heat lamps and blankets.
Downtown Bellevue residents and pups can easily walk to Zumdieck Park, formerly known as Bovee Park. The well-maintained walking trail is surrounded by lush tall trees giving you and Fido the feel of walking through the woods in the heart of downtown. The shaded trail has a moderate slope in one place that can be great for sledding after a snow. After your paw-some leashed walk, drop by Palomino Rustico Restaurant and Bar for some great chef-inspired food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night happy hour. Palomino is open every day and your fur baby is invited to join you in the outdoor patio.
Surrey Downs Park is a gravel trail under the tall trees that encircles the center of the park where the playground sits, children play baseball, basketball, and soccer, and the skateboarders spin and flip. The sniff-tastic trail will be a favorite of your pup, as will be playing Frisbee on the lawn area. After a great time in the outdoors, stop by Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub. This cozy neighborhood favorite serves cold pints and traditional Irish fare in an authentic atmosphere. You and your pup will enjoy sitting at their outisde tables during the summer months.
Crossroads Shopping Center is a pooch-friendly mall for leashed pups, even on the inside, where there is a huge and well-kept food court with a variety of international vendors and a performing stage with live music and local talent on Thursdays through Saturdays. Check-out the farmers market on Tuesdays just outside of the mall. Firenze Ristorante Italiano creates Italian dishes from fresh ingredients in an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy a big bowl of hot pasta at the outdoor tables where your pup can sit with you. Firenze regulars rave about their Tuscan wine selection and fabulous tiramisu to top off your delicious meal.
Robinswood Animal Corral, in Robinswood Park, is an off-leash dog park with large fenced areas offering room to run and trails to explore. The park is known for its beautiful open space, pond, picnic areas, and ten wooded acres with trails for leashed walks. The groundcover consists of sand in the center and bark chips around the edge of the park to limit mud. There’s a concrete path around the park with tables where pet parents can chat or work while their pup plays with new friends. Plenty of water is available at this pawsome park. Spiritwood Park is nearby and features 2.5 acres of trails to explore on leash.