FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our most commonly asked questions are listed below. Please contact us if your question or concern is not addressed below.
The Garden is open from dawn to dusk every day, including all holidays. Entry into the Garden is free.
Dogs and other pets are not permitted anywhere on Garden grounds. Service animals only are allowed in the Garden. Leashed pets are welcome in nearby Wilburton Hill Park and on the Lake-to-Lake Trail.
The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at 12001 Main St., Bellevue, WA 98005. There are several ways to get here from I-405, I-90, & SR-520. We recommend consulting a navigation app to find the best route from your starting point.
Location & Directions
The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at 12001 Main St., Bellevue, WA 98005. There are several ways to get here from I-405, I-90, and SR-520. We recommend consulting a navigation app to find the best route from your starting point.
From I-405, take exit 13A onto NE 4th St. and head east. Turn right on 120th Avenue. Go south approximately 1/2 mile to the stoplight at Main St. Turn left onto Main St. The Garden entrance is about three blocks up Main Street on the right.
King County Metro
Shortest Route: From the Bellevue Transit Center, take bus #271 and get off at the 116th Ave SE & SE 1st St stop. This is the closest bus stop to the Garden, and is a 1/2 mile walk from the bus stop to the Garden. Please note the Garden is uphill for the majority of the walk, with a steep 110ft elevation change.
Recommended Route: From the Bellevue Transit Center, take RapidRide B Line and get off at NE 8th and 124th. This stop is 3/4 mile from the Garden, but has only one small incline at the end with a 30 foot elevation change.
Please consult the King County Metro Trip Planner for exact routes and times.
New! Take the BellHop
BellHop is Bellevue’s first 100% electric, on-demand, and free shuttle service. Simply download the Circuit app, request a ride, and within minutes, a sustainable shuttle will whisk you between the Garden and Downtown hotels and attractions, Old Main restaurants, Spring District and more. Learn more about BellHop HERE
Yes. Free parking is available in the Garden parking lot, immediately adjacent to the Visitor Center. When parking in the Garden lot, lock your vehicle and take all valuables with you. Our lot cannot accommodate buses, shuttles, or other large vehicles. Large vehicles must park at Wilburton Hill Park, which is 1/4 mile east of the Garden.
Please note that we do charge to park in our lot during major annual events, including Arts in the Garden and Garden d’Lights.
Yes. Restrooms are located near the Trillium Store. Visitors are welcome to use the restroom consistent with their gender identity or expression.
You may picnic in designated areas only. There are two picnic tables by the main entry, and tables on the Shorts House Patio that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not permit picnicking on the lawns. Wilburton Hill Park, just a 5 minute walk southeast of the Garden along the Lake-to-Lake Trail, has numerous picnic facilities for your convenience.
There are no restrictions for professional photography shoots, such as graduation, family, or wedding photography. However, your group must follow our guidelines while in the Garden.
If you plan to bring a large group (more than ten) on a self-guided tour of the Garden, please consult our Group Visits page and, if you wish to proceed, notify us by email or by calling (425) 452-2750.
If you have a large group arriving by van, bus or shuttle, please be aware that our parking lot cannot accommodate these large vehicles. See the Parking section above for more information.
To make the Garden a safe place for people, plants, and wildlife, please follow these guidelines:
We rent our facilities to 501(c)(3) non-profit groups for their mission-based activities, with priority given to Bellevue Botanical Garden partner groups and mission-related activities. Weddings, parties, and other private events are not permitted at the Garden. See our Facility Rentals page for more information.