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20 Things You Could Do This Month If You Didn’t Buy a Car 

Posted on October 10, 2023

The cost of a car isn’t cheap. Kelley Blue Book estimates the average cost of a new vehicle last August at $48,165. Using that number and current interest rates, that would put monthly payments at over $700. After 12 months, that’s $8,400 a year and that doesn’t include gas, insurance, or any maintenance. Check out our “Calculate Your Commute Cost” section on our website to calculate your commute and find out how much you could save.  In this blog, we’ll have some fun and show you what you could do this month if you leaned into your non-drive-alone options and saved that money!  

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  1. Purchase a Bike or an e-bike 


  1. Go for swim at the Bellevue Aquatic Center 

  • Looking to swim in a warm pool in a controlled environment? Look no further-the Bellevue Aquatic Center has you covered. ($7) 


  1. Skate at Bellevue Indoor Skate Park 

  • Shred some pipe at Bellevue’s Indoor Skate Park, which opened in 1994 and is Bellevue’s first skate park! ($5) 


  1. Roam Kelsey Creek Community Park and sponsor a Farm Animal 

  • Kelsey Creek Community Park features 150 acres of forest, meadows and wetlands in the heart of Bellevue, offering a glimpse of this city's rural past. Two historic barns sit prominently on the crest of a hill with an opportunity to sponsor the animals! ($25-$250 for sponsorships) 


  1. Get some fresh food at the Bellevue Farmers Market 

  • Be sure to stop by the Bellevue Farmer’s Market on select Thursdays for all kinds of locally grown food and other products, food trucks and family fun!  


  1. Check out the Bellevue Arts Museum 

  • Take in the beauty that Bellevue hosts and creates at the local Bellevue Arts Museum! ($15) 


  1. Rent canoes and kayaks from REI at Meydenbauer Bay Park 

  • !Get your splash on during some of the last few sunny days of the year by renting some cool water sports equipment! ($35) 


  1. Visit the Bellevue Botanical Garden 

  • Located east of downtown Bellevue, this botanical garden spans over 53 acres and offers nature lovers an immersive experience. With over 300,000 visitors a year, this botanical garden is one of Bellevue’s most popular destinations. (Free!) 


  1. Go Ziplining 

  • See a different side of Bellevue and seek an adventure ziplining at Bellevue Zip Tour. Bellevue Zip Tour has zip lines up to 458 feet long and 80 feet high and can accommodate up to 10 riders on each tour. ($90) 


  1. Reality Break Escapes 

  • Looking to test your brains and your friendships? Check out all the cool puzzles and challenges at a Bellevue escape room! ($192, split among friends) 


  1. Go golfing at Bellevue Golf Course 

  • Hit the links at a golf course with 18 holes that are meant to match each player’s skill level. ($42) 


  1. Go bowling 

  • Go bowl some strikes, eat good food, and spend some good time with friends down at any of the many locations we have in Bellevue. (~$25) 


  1. Go hiking in Issaquah 

  • Throw your bike on the 271 or the 554 and take off for Issaquah to the east! Once at the Issaquah Transit Center, ride your bike a short distance to one of several hiking trailheads in the area


  1. Take a Seattle day trip 

  • Hop on the 550 bus at the Bellevue Transit Center with or without your bike and explore downtown Seattle by foot or bike for the day and take advantage of our friendly neighbors to the west!  


  1. KidsQuest Children’s Museum 

  • Want to use those extra funds to take a child somewhere fun? Check out this fun spot meant to engage all kids 0-10. ($14) 


  1. Have a shopping day at the Bellevue Collection 

  • Treat yourself to a new outfit and a meal at one of the northwest’s premier shopping locations that has over 200 shops and 50 restaurants and entertainment venues! 


  1. Do a Bellevue scavenger hunt 

  • Whether you are new to town or a long-time local, get to know Bellevue in a whole new way through the Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunt! ($13) 


  1. Hang out at Wilburton Hill Park 

  • Hop on the bus and come hang out at a 106-acre park that includes a picnic area, a soccer field, two baseball fields, and the largest upland park in the City! 


  1. Attend the Chocolate Festival! 

  • Be prepared to delight your senses with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, inclusion bars, decadent desserts, truffles, bonbons, and caramels – all made by hand with the finest ingredients. Get your taste buds ready for a weekend of pure bliss in Downtown Bellevue this weekend! ($36) 


  1. Participate in a Bellevue Parks program 

  • Whether you're looking for a day camp or swim lessons for your child, fitness or art classes for yourself, or skateboard lessons for your grandchildren — or anything in between — Bellevue Parks & Community Services has hundreds of opportunities to help you lead a healthy life. (Ranges in Free to $25) 



There is truly so much to do in Bellevue! We only spent $382 in this blog. That gives you an extra $300 to treat yourself to your favorite things to do in Bellevue. We also made sure to include only options that are accessible by sustainable travel, so get on out there and try some out! Be sure when you are taking a non-drive-alone trip to one of these many fun things that you are logging your trips and earning rewards on our website! 


-Choose Your Way staffer Jake  



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