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.


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.


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.

Can I find a vacation rental around Mercer Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,339 vacation rentals near Mercer Island. From 851 Houses to 1,116 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mercer Island are on HomeAway.

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:

  • Seattle Waterfront: 818 vacation rentals
  • Fremont: 339 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 860 vacation rentals
  • West Seattle: 1,477 vacation rentals
  • Ballard: 797 vacation rentals

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

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

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

  • Bicentennial Park: 2,524 vacation rentals
  • Seattle Center: 1,636 vacation rentals
  • Lake Sammamish State Park: 2,298 vacation rentals
  • Seattle Cruise Ship Terminal 91: 1,344 vacation rentals
  • University of Washington: 1,504 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mercer Island listed on HomeAway 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. HomeAway has 851 Houses in Mercer Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Mercer Island include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,116 rentals available
  • Cottages: 96 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 96 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins 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 196 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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