Beautiful neighborhoods, excellent schools, and wonderfully maintained parks embrace a high quality of life on Mercer Island. Spend weekends lounging on the banks of Luther Burbank Park, try out a new downtown eatery, visit local markets, or take a drive along the North Mercer, West Mercer or East Mercer avenues that loop around the Island. Head across the lake to Seattle or Bellevue, both only a few minutes’ drive. The Downtown Business District comprises much of the island’s shopping and eating amenities, though there is a south end shopping center as well. Several private clubs call the Island home, including the Mercer Island Country Club, the Mercer Island Beach Club and the Mercer Island Shore Club. Mercer Island schools are consistently rated among the best schools in the state. Education is highly regarded, with an emphasis on innovative learning, technology, and attainable challenges. Fully committed to community, Mercer Island hosts a plethora of celebrations throughout the year, including Summer Celebration, Art Uncorked, seasonal Farmer’s Markets, Mostly Music in the Park, Mercer Island Half- Marathon, and a front row seat to the Blue Angels Airshow.