Chism Beach Park is one of Bellevue’s prettiest parks, located in a forested area on the Eastside of Seattle.
Visitors can follow a pathway from the upper parking lot, down the hillside to a sandy beach, with a large, grassy area for picnics. It only takes about 10 minutes to walk down to this secluded beach.
There’s also a fun playground for kids, located right on the beach, with a roped off area designated for swimming, and seasonal lifeguards.
5 best things to do at Chism Beach Park
1. Swimming beach
Take a dip at the beautiful swimming beach, with seasonal lifeguards (check schedule), and gorgeous views over Lake Washington. There's even a swimming platform, and a pier to walk out on.
2. Hang out at the playground on the beach
3. Gardens & lawns
Admire the gardens and lawns at Chism Beach Park.
4. Book a picnic at Chism's Uncovered Lower site
Book the lawned area near the beach, known as "Chism's Uncovered Lower Site". It has two picnic tables, a view of the playground, room for up to 25 people, and easy access to restrooms.
5. Book a picnic at the Upland Lawn
The Upland Lawn is another reservable picnic site, with glorious views over Lake Washington. There are no tables or chairs, but room for up to 125 guests. You can also check out Bellevue's oldest structure, known as Burrows Cabin, built in 1883 by Civil War veteran, Albert Burrows.