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Best Rainy-Day Parks and Playgrounds Around Seattle and the Eastside

Covered playgrounds, rain-friendly trails, puddle-jumping fun

Published on: October 18, 2019

Best Rainy-Day Parks and Playgrounds Around Seattle and the Eastside

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Mercer Slough. Photo credit: Liz Coleman, Flickr CC

Mercer Slough

A fantastic park for urban hiking, Mercer Slough Nature Park — just off I-90 in Bellevue — has more than 300 acres to explore. With kids in tow, it's best to start small and begin your visit at the Environmental Education Center on the park's eastern side. A visitor center perched in the trees like a treehouse is a good place to wait for the rain to let up (it's open daily from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.). Trails start just below the center and wind down the hillside to the flat wetlands where it's fun to try to spot wildlife.

Location: 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue

Warm up: Head north to Main Street to find sustenance at Blazing Bagels or Belle Pastry, or just a hair farther for all that downtown Bellevue has to offer.

Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2014 and updated for 2019.

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