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Destination guide

An island with connections that's still a land unto itself

Mercer Island, named for the pioneer Thomas Mercer, was first settled between 1870 and 1880. Thomas and his brother Asa often rowed between the island and Seattle to pick berries, hunt, and fish. In 1930, a bridge was built to connect the island to Seattle, and since then, it's been well connected to neighboring communities on the mainland. Still, Mercer Island has a unique, independent feel, and your vacation rental likely will, too. Picking berries may no longer be a popular pastime, but rowing a boat and casting a line are still the rage.

Things to do

A couple things Mercer Island cultivates: community and kids

Visitors and year-round residents of Mercer Island are fans of the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. The modern facility features panoramic views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains and hosts community events and concerts. If you're in the area, check out the center's Mercer Gallery, where work by local artists is on display. Just over the bridge in Bellevue, families with curious kids will get a kick out of KidsQuest Children's Museum, where exhibits, classes, and galleries are designed with kids aged 0 to 10 in mind.

Activities

Park yourself in one of Mercer Island's picturesque parks

Wherever your Mercer Island vacation rental lies, it'll likely be close to one of the city's beloved parks. Luther Burbank Park stretches over 77 acres with almost a mile of waterfront. You can dock your boat, fish on the pier, and swim on the beach. When you're tuckered out, take advantage of the barbecues and picnic area. Aubrey Davis Park has softball fields, and tennis and basketball courts. Pioneer Park features trails for bikers, hikers, and horses, and Deane's Children's Park (a.k.a. Dragon Park) is tailor-made for tots.

Weather

There's nothing seasonal about family-friendly charm

For a little island so far north, Mercer Island still enjoys warm summers, with temperatures in the mid to high 70s. Summers are also relatively dry, and it's in fall, winter, and spring that you'll need to remember your rain gear. Winter lows aren't too crazy, and though it's too cold for swimming, travelers can still enjoy brisk walks on the waterfront. If you're set on taking a dip in the ocean, book your Mercer Island vacation rental in summer. Otherwise, the parks and boat launches are in working order year-round.

Natural features

Mercer Island is small, but big enough for furry friends

Set on an island 5 miles long, and about a mile and a half wide, your Mercer Island vacation rental will very likely be shaded by a pleasing mix of deciduous trees and conifers, like the mighty Douglas fir. The fertile forests provide visitors and residents with sightings of butterflies, woodpeckers, foxes, and bats. Luther Burbank Park, in particular, has wildlife on display, especially in the wetlands on the park's north and south ends. Feast your eyes on 135 species of birds and 50 species of waterfowl, plus raccoons, beaver, muskrats, tree frogs, and rabbits.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Mercer Island

Fly into Seattle, WA (BFI-Boeing Field), the closest airport, located 4 mi (6.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Renton, WA (RNT-Renton Municipal), which is 5.5 mi (8.9 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Mercer Island?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,594 vacation rentals around Mercer Island. From 629 house rentals to 583 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Mercer Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mercer Island:

  • Downtown: 416 vacation rentals
  • West Seattle: 798 vacation rentals
  • Queen Anne: 622 vacation rentals
  • Central District: 372 vacation rentals
  • Cascade: 374 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Mercer Island?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Mercer Island. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bicentennial Park: 1,799 vacation rentals
  • University of Washington: 801 vacation rentals
  • Harborview Medical Center: 1,812 vacation rentals
  • West Seattle Golf Course: 1,869 vacation rentals
  • Seattle University: 820 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mercer Island listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Mercer Island?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 629 Houses in Mercer Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Mercer Island include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 583 rentals available
  • Cottages: 67 rentals available
  • Cabins: 67 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Mercer Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 167 vacation rentals with pool available in Mercer Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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