The only access to Mercer Island is by I-90: from the west, a pair of floating bridges connects Seattle with Mercer Island, and from the east I-90 provides access to the Eastside.
Mercer Island has a Park and Ride near Downtown and I-90. From the Park and Ride, you can take three bus routes to the South end of the Island, near the Mercer Village Shopping Center. There are two major routes that many people use to go to the South end of the island. There is the direct Island Crest Way, which passes through the center of the Island. There is also the more scenic Mercer Way, which is divided into West Mercer Way, East Mercer Way and North Mercer Way. This route goes on the side of the Island and has many curves.
Luther Burbank Park is the most notable park on the north part of the island, followed by Pioneer Park in the middle of the island. The former park offers views of Bellevue and Medina, and has public docks, and the latter park is a nature preserve serving as a nexus for the many miles of trails on the island. There are horse stables just south of Pioneer Park if you are in the mood for horse riding lessons.
Many of the greatest views can be seen from the smaller parks which dot the island. These include Groveland Park, Clarke Beach Park, and the westernmost edge of Lid Park, which sits on top of I-90.
There are multiple places to go shopping on Mercer Island. The Mercer Village Shopping Center is at the south end of the island, having a grocery store, several coffee shops, a drug store and other shops that mostly cater to the locals.
- Bennett's Pure Food Bistro. All-natural and ethically grown and harvested food. It tastes delicious too! Most of the food and wine come from local growers and nearly everything on the menu is certified organic, even the all-natural Coke! They also have options for vegetarians, vegans, and special accommodations to those with food allergies.
- Lil' Tokyo Teriyaki. Japanese.
- Pom Proem Thai (78th Ave).
- Thai (On Mercer).
- Yuzen (Middle of the island). Japanese.
Mercer Island has no hotels or motels to stay at, so if you need to find one, your best bet is to hop on I-90 either into Seattle or Bellevue, as both cities have multiple, varied options for overnight stays.
|Routes through Mercer Island|
|Seattle ←||W E||→ Bellevue → Spokane|