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Family Fun at Meydenbauer Bay Park: A Playground with the Best Views in Bellevue

Meydenbauer Bay Park with a sandy beach and amazing waterfront views of Lake Washington

Planning a family day out in Bellevue? Meydenbauer Bay Park is your go-to spot! Opened in March 2019, this park is one of the latest gems in Bellevue’s collection of scenic spaces, boasting stunning waterfront views, a sandy beach, and a playground! Just a short 5-7 minute stroll from downtown Bellevue, it combines natural beauty with modern amenities and loads of family-friendly fun, making it an irresistible destination for locals and visitors alike.

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Park Hours and Location

Hours: Meydenbauer Bay Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., making it a versatile spot for early risers or those looking to enjoy a beautiful sunset. The park is nestled along the shores of Washington Lake, providing stunning waterfront views that are especially breathtaking at sunset.

Parking: Parking can be a bit challenging on sunny days, as the park has two small lots—one lower and one upper. Street parking is an option, or you can park at the nearby Bellevue Downtown Park and enjoy a scenic walk to Meydenbauer Bay Park.

Wildlife: As with many natural spots in the Greater Seattle Area, be prepared for wildlife, including ducks that frequent the beach area. While this adds to the park’s natural charm, it’s good to watch your step💩!

Things to do with kids at Meydenbauer Bay Park

Before your visit, take a virtual tour with our immersive 360-degree photo captured above the beach at Meydenbauer Bay Park. This preview offers a glimpse of what to expect and showcases the stunning views you’ll enjoy.

Beach and Water Activities: The park features a pristine sandy beach and a designated swimming area monitored by lifeguards during the summer months. The shallow waters near the beach are ideal for toddlers, while older children and adults can enjoy deeper swimming. Adjacent to the park, REI offers kayak and paddle board rentals, allowing you and your family to explore the lake at your own pace. Or bring your own!

Playground: The nature-inspired playground is a hit among younger visitors. Equipped with structures to climb, swing, and slide, it ensures that kids have plenty of options to burn off energy in a fun and safe environment. In our opinion, one of the most beautiful playgrounds in Bellevue!

Picnicking and Relaxation: With well-maintained picnic tables and two family restrooms, the park is equipped for a comfortable day out. You can have a picnic, enjoy the views from various lookout points, or simply relax on the dock. This park is also a perfect place for toddlers on balance bikes and scooters with their wide paved sidewalks. 

Our Family Review

As residents of Bellevue, we might be a bit biased, but Meydenbauer Bay Park truly offers a refreshing break from the often crowded downtown Seattle scene. The atmosphere here is relaxing, and the park never feels too crowded, making it a perfect spot for families. The views are some of the best in the city, providing a delightful backdrop as your kids play.

In summary, whether you’re a local or visiting Bellevue, Meydenbauer Bay Park is a must-visit for families seeking a peaceful yet engaging outdoor experience. It’s a place where memories are made, from splashing in the lake to enjoying a serene paddleboard session. Don’t miss out on this gem in Bellevue’s crown!

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