When you think of large outdoor ice rinks, you might think of New York City’s Rockefeller Center or the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink in Washington, DC. But if you’re pining for a Pacific Northwest trip, and you love ice skating outdoors, then there’s another ice rink you should become acquainted with.
This holiday season, head over to the largest outdoor ice rink in the region, right in the heart of Bellevue, Washington! You don’t have to be a pro, but just be willing to have some fun!
The Downtown Bellevue Ice Rink
Just one block south of Bellevue Square, the Downtown Bellevue Ice Rink is part of a twenty-three-year holiday tradition that’s made a visit to skate part of the local culture. It’s the perfect attraction to visit when you’re planning a trip to Bellevue.
Free 3-hour parking is available while visiting the Bellevue Downtown Park with well-lit parking lots located adjacent to the ice rink. Admission prices include a wristband that allows you all-day access to the ice-rink. All the more reason to plan a weekend of fun in Bellevue!
Admission prices range from $12 to $15 depending on the day of the week or special holidays for adults and $10 to $13 for children ages 11 and under. There are additional discounts available for the following:
- Military with proof of military identification
- Bellevue College students with current student identification
- Northwest University students with current student identification
- Bellevue Downtown Association members
- KidsQuest Children’s Museum members
- Bringing your own skates
- Groups of 10 or more
Great opportunities for the Entire Family!
There’s something for everyone at Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink. Whether you’re a beginner learning to put on your skates or an advance twirler on the ice, you’ll find something to enjoy here.
Skating Lessons are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the evening. Processionals spend their time helping teach the basics to those just starting out, so you will be dancing over the ice before you know it.
Since admission includes access all-day, take the time to check out some of the local sights. After all, skating burns a lot of calories!
Stationed just across the street from the rink, is a small café that offers a delicious menu for breakfast and lunch. Best of all, there’s an online ordering option! You can enter your order and not have to wait in line when you’re famished.
With a menu featuring traditional Vietnamese cuisine with Pacific Northwest flavors, Monsoon Bellevue offers a romantic setting for couples. Perfect for a date night!
If you’re coming from out of the area to enjoy some ice skating, here’s a few recommended downtown Bellevue hotels that will add to your ice-skating weekend!
Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle’s East Side
Just ten minutes walking distance from the Downtown Bellevue Ice Rink, Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle’s East Side is in the heart of shopping, dining, and entertainment galore. The rooms carry an Asian-inspired elegance with junior suites with open living room designs. Additional amenities include free internet, onsite restaurant, concierge service, and views of the city, lake, or mountains — the perfect way to relax after a day of ice-skating fun.
Also located within walking distance of the Downtown Bellevue Ice Rink, Westin Bellevue offers a place to rest and access to nearby shopping, dining and a sky bridge to Bellevue Square. If you’re looking for a weekend away with family, this hotel offers a pool for kids to play and a Jacuzzi for adults.
Sheraton Bellevue Hotel
If you’re looking for a hotel that can assist with transportation, then check into the Sheraton Bellevue Hotel for their complimentary shuttle service. As long as your destination is within 5 miles of the hotel, you can save your feet for the rink!