Just a few minutes away from bustling Seattle is tight-knit, community-oriented Mercer Island. Home to approximately 25,000 residents, Mercer Island is connected by the Interstate 90 bridge to Seattle and Bellevue. Despite its small footprint, Mercer Island has more than 475 acres of parks and open space, including three public beaches and more than 50 miles of hiking trails. For those yearning for an urban atmosphere, Mercer Island also hosts a robust downtown center filled with trendy restaurants and high-end retailers.
Parks, beaches and playgrounds, oh my! Go dragon hunting at Deane’s Children’s Park. The sculpture and nearby playground are popular among kids because they can crawl all over the creature, sliding off the dragon’s tail, and climbing across its back and into its belly through its mouth or side openings. Head to Luther Burbank Park for a one-stop spot for fun. It has the island’s largest playground, a public swimming beach, a dog park, an amphitheater, tennis courts, trails and more. Have some indoor fun at Island Books, the island’s popular independent bookstore. Don’t miss the kids’ section, which includes a cute playhouse and a collection of typewriters.
Eats + Treats
Satisfy your chocolate cravings at Oh! Chocolate. In addition to making perfect artisan chocolates, this shop also offers chocolate-making classes for kids and adults. Island Treats is well worth a visit just to try the Super S’more. Don’t forget to sample Street Treats’ delicious and customizable ice cream sandwiches, ice cream scoops and baked goods.
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