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County's movers and shakers top 10 list
We asked some of Snohomish County's movers and shakers about their top 10 things to see and do in the county. Here are their responses:
Snohomish county executive
1. Future of Flight Aviation Center
2. Mosquito Fleet whale-watching
3. Steelhead fishing on the Skykomish River near Sultan and on the Stillaguamish River near Darrington
4. Sea kayaking the Snohomish River estuary
5. Mountain biking
6. Crabbing at Port Gardner
7. Imagine Children's Museum in Everett
8. Hot-air ballooning at Snohomish
9. Pumpkin farms with the kids
10. Silvertips hockey game
Snohomish County Tourism Bureau director
1. Boeing Tour at the Future of Flight Aviation Center. The future of aviation and the assembly of the newest in commercial aircraft in the largest building in the world measured by volume!
2. City of Snohomish. Antique shopping and historic Blackman House Museum.
3. Hiking. So many trails, so little time! Pick up a "Hiking Snohomish County" guide at one of our visitor-information centers or check our Web site at www.snohomish.org.
4. Drive the Mountain Loop Highway. Beautiful scenery and quaint stops, including the inspiring view from Darrington's City Park; farms such as Foster's Produce and Corn Maze in Arlington; The Outback Wildlife Animal Park in Arlington; and the Granite Falls Historical Society manages a small house as a museum to illustrate the mining, logging, railroad and social history of the area.
5. River rafting out of Index. From float-trip to Class IV rafting, customized river-rafting experiences and scenic beauty along the Skykomish River.
6. Charter a boat out of Edmonds or Everett for a day of fishing on Puget Sound.
7. Shopping! Seattle Premium Outlets, boutiques in Edmonds, Alderwood or Everett malls for the latest fashion trends, and Bothell Country Village for one-of-a-kind mementos.
8. Beaches. Mukilteo State Park, Edmonds Olympic Beach and Lund's Gulch in Lynnwood are a few favorites for soaking up the sun, hearing the surf and playing in the sand.
9. Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. Perfect family entertainment! Just the right size fair with so many entertainment options, agricultural products and special treats.
10. Tulalip Casino. Need I say more?
Tulalip Tribes chairman
1. Tulalip Bay
2. The fir and cedar trees around my house on the reservation
3. Anthony's HomePort restaurant in Everett
4. The Cascade foothills around Monroe where I was born
5. Quil Ceda Village
6. The Everett Mall
7. Harbor Marine Supply in Everett (to buy parts for my boat)
8. The beaches on Camano Island
9. Highway 2 between Gold Bar and Stevens Pass
10. The woods above Arlington
Everett Events Center manager
1. Jetty Island. The kiteboarders are incredible; the beach goes on forever.
2. The SnoCo County Campus Café is the best kept secret in town for great lunches — and in the summertime you can take that lunch out to the Plaza, luxuriate in the sun and sometimes even catch a lunch-hour concert.
3. Downtown Snohomish has to be the best place to while away a Sunday afternoon and is definitely where to buy treasures and treats you really don't need but simply must have.
4. Everett Performing Arts Center presents fabulous Broadway-quality productions in a most intimate setting. Definitely the best place to catch a rising star.
5. Actually, it's a toss-up which is the best place to catch that rising star: I love the Shakespeare in the Park presented in Lynnwood every summer.
6. Lombardi's restaurant in Everett has the best garlic ice cream during its annual Garlic Festival.
7. Ivars Mukilteo Landing outdoor fish bar. The best place ever to be stuck in a 90-minute ferry waiting line, because the scallops and chips are SOOOO good!
8. David Dilgard. You must go on one of his guided tours of downtown Everett, or better yet his Halloween cemetery tour, because you will be astounded at how fascinating the history of Everett and Snohomish County really is. Follow up by reading the newly published "Snohomish County: An Illustrated History."
9. Everett Silvertips hockey is the BEST value for family sports entertainment — consistent winners on and off the ice, these young men are working toward careers in professional hockey.
10. And, of course, I must go on record to say the Everett Events Center is the heart of sports and entertainment in Snohomish County; from hockey to football to a variety of concerts and shows, the EEC gives us all a reason to stay and party right here at home.
Author of "Discover Washington with Kids"
1. For art lovers, the annual Camano Island Studio Tour, which takes place each year on Mother's Day weekend in Stanwood and on Camano Island, is for anyone who loves to visit studios, meet the artists and take home a treasure.
2. For the sports fans, don't miss the Everett AquaSox. They cater to families, and it's baseball at its best, at a level the kids can relate to.
3. For families who love "doing," Biringer Farm is a seasonal delight; it's pumpkins in October, strawberries in summer and a corn maze to explore in August and September.
4. Big D's batting cage and mini-golf in Marysville is the perfect place for Little Leaguers to practice their skills.
5. Horse country in Granite Falls. Guided trips into the hills — a great family vacation or a different experience for visitors who want to see the Northwest close up and personal.
6. Boeing plant. The immensity of this local icon is always of great interest.
7. Forest Park in Everett. Something for everyone here, especially on warm days. The cool grass and trees are a welcome respite.
8. The pavilion at Stanwood Camano Village. Good stopping place for a movie or a meal, but the high point is the fabulous mural depicting very early Stanwood, created by local artist Jack Gunter. Careful — you could walk right into the picture!
9. Everett train station, for the fabulous stained-glass window.
10. Harvey Field in Snohomish. Up to 300 planes here for the aficionado.
Everett Symphony conductor
1. Attend Everett Symphony concerts (of course!).
2. Eat at the Marina in Everett.
3. Hike at Wallace Falls.
4. Eat Greek food in Snohomish.
5. Relax in Forest Park in Everett.
6. Have appetizers or burgers at "the Flying Pig."
7. Stroll the beach in Mukilteo.
8. Go Starbucks-hopping throughout the county.
9. Shop at the Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip.
10. Enjoy a fine dinner at the Tulalip Bay Restaurant in the Tulalip Casino.
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