Lewis Creek Park's visitor center. Credit: Jennifer Johnson
Lewis Creek Park, Bellevue
Tucked away in the hills of east Bellevue, expansive Lewis Creek Park offers plenty of room to explore. The park protects the headwaters of Lewis Creek, attracting birds and wildlife as well as little adventurers.
Indoor options: The Lewis Creek Visitor Center has a commanding view over the meadow and wetlands. Kids will find activities to do on a rainy day, books to page through, tables and chairs and even a spotting scope. Families can check out binoculars to use on a walk. The Visitor Center is open Wednesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Favorite trails: Hikers can choose from the three miles of trails and wander through wetland, forest and grassland habitats. Lewis Creek runs freely through the forested areas, and the half-mile loop around the wetland lets explorers get up close with cattails and red-winged blackbirds.
Logistics: Find driving directions on the website. The park and restrooms are open from dawn to dusk every day.
Extras: Take a class with a naturalist, visit for story time, play on the playground, or even come and watch a nature-themed movie or documentary.