On Your Own

Welcome to the 36th AARST Symposium! Our symposium takes place in the hear of beautiful downtown Bellevue, Washington. If you have some downtime, or want to go exploring before or after the sessions, we have curated a selection of activities and places worth visiting! In addition our favorite outing the Friends & Family Day out is a fun tour in downtown Seattle. We will help coordinate Meet-Ups for after hours groups to go to dinner or other activities, these will be posted at the AARST Symposium Registration Desk in front of the Grand Ballroom on the 2nd floor.

Visit Bellevue, get to know what your visit can be…

The Hyatt Regency is in the middle of a shopping and dining district called The Bellevue Collection. EXPLORE THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Friends & Family Day Out

“Treat Yourself to Seattle” Tour – is this year’s Friends & Family activity. Held on Tuesday October 25, and is Sponsored by Professional Discount Supply. The tour departs the hotel at 9:00 a.m., with stops Seattle Center to visit the Museum of Pop Culture, then Pikes Place Market, returning the group to the hotel by 4:00 p.m. The ticket includes the group bus transportation to and from with the stops and pick up giving attendees 2-3 hours per stop to get out and explore. Stop #1 (@ 2 hours) includes the entrance fee to the MoPOP, is also directly across from the Space Needle, and Chihuly Garden & Glass, (These attractions are not included in the tour ticket, but you may prefer to visit these sites on your own during this time.) Stop #2 (@ 3 hours) the group is dropped off at the Pikes Place Market. Participants have time to explore grab a tasty bite and maybe even see a flying fish! What is included: The bus ride, and the entrance fee to the Museum of Pop Culture.

OF SPECIAL NOTE: This event will in part support the Northwest Coalition.

Puget Sound Craft Beer Passport


Puget Sound is full of delicious craft beverages and we want to share these local flavors with you. Sign up for the FREE Puget Sound Beer Passport and begin your journey to the best breweries in the region. Come seek out new flavors or try old favorites.  

To sweeten the deal, Visit Bellevue and our partners are offering a free Puget Sound Beer Passport Pint Glass for the first 100 people to check in at 12 of our participating locations. Sign up for your passport now!

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Sporting Events

Kracken VS Buffalo Sabres

Enjoy a home game Tuesday October 25 at the Seattle Kracken’s  Climate Pledge Arena. TICKETS AND INFO

Boat Tours

Enjoy the sights and history of Seattle on the water! Boat tours with Argosy Cruises with options of one or two hours, or make a (half) day on the boat for whale watching with the Puget Sound Express.

Argosy Cruises

Puget Sound Express

Fun for the Family

Kids would love to spend the day at the KidsQuest Children’s Museum or the Woodland Park Zoo!

KidsQuest Children’s Museum

Woodland Park Zoo


Visit one of the many beautiful hiking trailing in the Seattle area. You will get to experience the natural beauty of the lush Pacific Northwest. You may even see parachuters at Poo Poo Point, or waterfalls at Twin Falls Trail!

Mailbox Peak: Mailbox Peak Parking Lot, WA 98045

Mount Si Trail: 47122 SE Mt Si Rd, North Bend, WA 98045

Poo Poo Point: 11400 Issaquah-Hobart RD SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

Snoqualmie Falls

Twin Falls: SE 159th St, North Bend, WA 98045 *Need parking pass