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    Visit Kelsey Creek Farm

    July 31, 2018

    Do you know what one of the finest things about getting a place for rent in Bellevue is? For many, it’s the seamless blending between sleek urban spaces and the wonders of the great outdoors, and there’s probably no greater example of this in the area than at Kelsey Creek Farm. Located at 130th Place, south of the Glendale Country Club, you can take a trip to another world in this forested local park just minutes away from Downtown Bellevue. It’s 150 acres are filled with trails, barns, and farmland animals, making for a great trip that both adults and children can enjoy.

    What sorts of adventures await when you head on down to the farm? That’s precisely what we’ll be exploring today. Kelsey Creek is open 365 days out of the year, and we’re going to run you through what a typical visit might be like, along with all the things you’ll want to check out when you’re over there. Read on, and let’s see what the barnyard experience is all about.

    Getting to Kelsey Creek Farm

    You’d be wise to note that while the farm is open 365 days a year, you’ll need to get there between dawn and dusk if you want to enjoy it. To make it to the farm from a northbound direction on I-405, you’ll need to:

    • Take Exit 12 (SE 8th Street)

    • Turn right at the light onto SE 8th Street.

    • Go through the next light; get into the middle lane and follow the road through the light at Lake Hills Connector.

    • Turn left onto 130th Place SE; continue on to stop sign.

    • Turn right into the parking lot.

    • If you’re coming from the south, then you’ll want to:

    Take Exit 12 (SE 8th Street)

    Turn left at the light onto SE 8th Street.

    • Go through two lights; get into the middle lane and follow the road through the light at Lake Hills Connector.

    • Turn left onto 130th Place SE; continue on to the stop sign.
      Turn right into the parking lot.

    • In the event you can’t find space in the on-site parking lot, you can also park on the street in most areas, with the exception of those with permit-only parking.

    During Your Visit

    The farm’s main draw are its many animals, who are out and about from 9:30AM to 3:30PM. The lineup of animals at the farm is diverse, and includes: cows, goats, hogs, ducks, ponies, sheep, rabbits, geese, and chickens. You can learn more about the individual animals (they have names and everything!) from the farm’s [Barnyard Experience](https://parks.bellevuewa.gov/community-centers/kelsey-creek-farm/barnyard-experience) page, and will want to pay special attention to some of the barn safety rules: * Children must be supervised at all times. * Don’t feed the animals. * Stay on visitor pathways. * Don't climb on pens and fences. Our livestock exhibits are designed to protect both you and the animals. * Use quiet voices and quiet bodies. * Stand to the side when you encounter livestock on the paths and walkways. * No dogs are allowed in the barnyard area. Please do not leave your dog unattended. In addition to the charming barnyard animals, there are several park features that make it great to explore. For starters, there are a number of hiking trails, jogging trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, wetlands grassy fields, creeks, and forest that are waiting for you to traipse around and enjoy. You can head to the historic Fraser Cabin, on the hill adjacent to the park’s dairy barns, and look out upon the lands from the spectacular vantage. You might even head to the Eastside Heritage Center, where you can attend some of the drop-in programs for visitors (more on those later). Perhaps most stunning of all, though, are the [farm’s magnificent barns](https://parks.bellevuewa.gov/community-centers/kelsey-creek-farm): “The farm's two historic barns sit prominently on the crest of a hill, overlooking the shallow valleys to each side. These barns, listed in the Washington State Heritage Barn Register, were once home to the Twin Valley Dairy.” The farm has a wide range of educational programs, seasonal camps, and similar activities designed to get children involved and teach them appreciation for the outdoors and domesticated animal life. These include: * Kelsey Creek and Kid’s Connections Summer Day Camps * Robinswood Day Camps * Art Camps * Equine Camps * Mini Day Camps * Farm Programs * Summer Volunteering You can learn more about the specifics of the programs on the farm’s [programs page](https://parks.bellevuewa.gov/community-centers/kelsey-creek-farm/kelsey-creek-farm-programs/), and should pay particular attention to ways in which you can give back. The farm welcomes volunteers to help out with different activities, and, in particular, is in need of Summer Day Camp Counselors for the summer season. If you’re interested in renting the farm for a party or tour occasion, you can learn more about both on the [parties and tours page](https://parks.bellevuewa.gov/community-centers/kelsey-creek-farm/tours/). You can host a children’s birthday party or similar event there, and even schedule tours for school and organizational groups at different times throughout the year.

    A Few Additional Notes

    In addition to being open year-round, admission to Kelsey Creek is free. You can bring your pets to the farm, but they must remain on leash and are not allowed in the barnyard area. The history of the farm dates back as far as the early 1900s, when the area was a hub for logging operations. Throughout the years, the landscape has changed and the farmhouse’s purpose has evolved, but to this day it stands as a popular Bellevue attraction, drawing in more than 200,000 visitors a year and helping educate the community on outdoorsmanship and animals.

    Adventures Await When You Find a Place to Rent in Bellevue

    There’s all sorts of fun in store when you become a member of fine communities like Hyde Square. You’ll be able to experience the best of Bellevue’s very urban and very outdoorsy spaces, flowing between the two with nary a hassle. Add to that the sense of welcoming and belonging that are standard here, and you’ve got a recipe for what might be the pinnacle in small city living experiences. Be sure to check it out, and take a look at what your apartment life could be like today.