Six Fun Things To Do In Seattle

Seattle is an amazing city with a lot to see and do. From taking in a Seahawks game to visiting the Space Needle, there is a lot to take in. Here are six fun things to do when you visit Seattle.

Take In A Seahawks Game

If you are visiting Seattle during football season, you might want to go pay a visit to CenturyLink field in Seattle. The Seahawks have one of the best home field advantages in sports. The Seattle crowd is so loud that they are called the 12th man.

Quarterback Russell Wilson has been one of the biggest winners in all of football. He led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl title in 2013. The Seahawks made the Super Bowl again in 2014 and just fell short. If you’re a football fan, go watch a game at CenturyLink field.

Everything about CenturyLink field is state of the art. The views from every seat is spectacular. There are plenty of delicious food to eat in the stadium. You can eat a bacon burger, or even biscuits with gravy.

Visit The Space Needle

The Space Needle is located in downtown Seattle. Tickets to enter the Space Needle are a reasonable price. The Space Needle is 605 feet high, and the views from the top floor are breathtaking.

The top floor is 518 feet high. On the top floor you can enjoy wine at the wine bar. A glass of wine and a breathtaking view of downtown Seattle makes the space needle a must visit.

The area around the Space Needle has a playground for children. This is a great place to visit for the entire family.

Visit Pike’s Market

Pike’s market is famous and known for their fish market. The workers there will happily throw fresh fish back and forth to each other. It truly is a fun show to experience.

The market has a lot more than just a fish market. It’s actually one gigantic farmers market. You can easily spend half a day perusing the wares of the entire market.

There is a farmers market, a craft market, produce market, and the fresh fish market. At Pike’s there are also delicious baked goods to purchase.

If you are hungry for a sit down restaurant, Pike’s market has you covered there as well. There is a delicious restaurant there that specializes in serving local Seattle seafood.

The market also has an arcade that will surely entertain families with children. Make sure to check out Rachel the Piggy Bank. This bronze sculpture of a pig weighs 550 pounds. Putting in some change may bring you some luck.

Visit Top Pot Donuts

Top Pot donuts has delighted donut lovers in Seattle since 2002. The doughnuts are simply delicious.

Head down to Top Pot in downtown Seattle on fifth Avenue. Many famous people have enjoyed Top Pot including former President Barack Obama. The coffee there is also not to be missed. An amazing doughnut and delicious coffee is a great way to enjoy a day in downtown Seattle.

Visit The Museum Of Flight

If you are into aviation, then you need to check out The Museum Of Flight in Seattle. There are more than 150 aircrafts on display at the museum. Where else can you see a Boeing 747 jet, and a replica of the plane Amelia Earhart disappeared in?

After you pay for admission you get to see a 3d movie detailing the history of flight. Visitors can also check out a mock Space Shuttle orbiter. Basically you can see how astronauts can train. At the museum you can also get a view of the ocean and SeaTac airport from the bridge outside.

Go On A Cruise At Seattle Harbor

Seattle Harbor has a wide array of cruises to choose from. The Seattle Harbor is gorgeous, and the views from the cruise are simply spectacular. The harbor also has a ferris wheel right on the waterfront

Seattle has so much to see and do that it is hard to fit everything in on one visit. It truly has something that every member of the family will enjoy. From shopping to food and sports, there are plenty of things to entertain everyone.

If you are visiting Seattle for the first time visiting the Space Needle and Pike’s Market are an absolute must. Both places capture the soul of the city.

Visiting these six places will give you everything you would want out of the Seattle experience. Taking in a Seahawks game will show you how passionate the fans of Seattle are.

The doughnuts at Top Pot are a Seattle treat, and the farmers market at Pike’s Market have some of the most fresh and delicious food that you can imagine. Visit the Museum of Flight, and cruise the harbor for an amazing Seattle experience. Seattle is a city that must be experienced.

Here Are Some Seattle Tours You Can Do In A Day

Seattle City Tours
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Seattle offers some of the most spectacular views that you will find anywhere. For this reason, a visit to Seattle is likely to encourage sightseeing. To get the most out of your sightseeing in the city, you will want to actively seek out sightseeing tours. There are plenty of sightseeing tours that will offer you unique views and experiences that can really help you get the most out of your trip. Below, we will be going over some sightseeing tours in the Seattle area.

Best Sightseeing Tours:

1. Underground History Tour

This is easily one of the top tours that you will be able to take in Seattle. This tour takes you on a 1-hour adventure where you will be able to experience Seattle’s first neighborhood. This tour is for those that really want to learn more about the history of the city and for those that enjoy learning about history in general. This tour makes it truly incredible to think about how far Seattle has come and how much it has grown since its inception. There is a reason it is often one of the highest-rated tours in the city as it really offers a unique experience you can’t find elsewhere.

2. Boeing Tour

This is another must-see when you visit Seattle. Seattle is well known for being the hub for the Boeing assembly plant which is home to some of the world’s most advanced planes and jets. Those that appreciate aviation would absolutely love this tour. The tour will take you throughout the entire aviation center where you can take photos and really see billions of dollars worth of plants and innovation in the aviation industry.

3. City Tour

Seattle itself is worth going to see. If you are interested in modern Seattle, you should think about hopping on one of the many available bus tours which will take you throughout the entire city. This tour will allow you to see some of the must-see sights that you would normally pass over and you will even be able to get a voice guide along the way. That way, you can learn about some of the places that you should see and some historical information about the places you are visiting throughout the tour. By taking a tour bus like a hop on and hop off bus, you will be able to take a lot of photos throughout the entire tour and really visit some of the essential places that you want to check out throughout the city.

4. Land And Boat Tour

If you have a family and are looking for some great fun and entertainment, you definitely want to consider a Seattle Duck boat. These tours are only about 90 minutes and the tour guide have a “quacky” style, telling jokes while giving a lot of interesting information about the city.

These unique Duck Boats as they are called, can travel on the road like a bus, but then also in the water like a boat. This is are reasonably priced and fun way to see the city of Seattle without breaking the bank.

5. Cruise

Another good option to consider would be a cruise tour. Seattle is easily accessible via water and you will be able to take a cruise to Victoria, British Columbia where you will be able to experience some beautiful sights. If you want to visit the beautiful town, you will be able to do so in under 3 hours. Taking this type of cruise is not only exciting but it can be a very relaxing trip and you will be able to experience a lot of excellent views along the way.

6. Walking Tour

Some might enjoy a little exercise with their tour. Taking a Seattle walking tour is always a good option for those that want to experience the city as a local would. There are even curated walking tour experiences that you could take which will take you to some of the finest places to check out in the city. That way, you will be able to have a curated experience by a professional tour guide in the area which can help you make the most of your trip. This type of tour can be very enjoyable especially if you are taking a food tour in the city.

7. Mount Rainier National Park

This is another option that you could consider if you want to take a nature tour. If you are someone that enjoys nature and being outdoors, this is one of the best options you have available in the Seattle area. For those that are interested in experiencing the best of Seattle, this is easily one of the best options that you could consider.

8. Snoqualmie Falls

This is another great option that you could consider when you are looking for things to do outdoors in and around the city. You will be able to experience one of the biggest waterfalls in the area and wander around in nature.

Overall, there are plenty of things that you can do and see in and around Seattle. Seattle offers a lot of unique experiences that you can partake in by taking a tour. If you are looking for some of the best tours, you should consider some of the options above. Depending on what kind of experience you are looking to have, you might enjoy one more than the other. If you want to find the best tours, you should look for reviews. Finding the tours with the best reviews will allow you to maximize your chances of having as good all-around experience. You should look to identify tours that you want to partake in based on the experience that you will get with it, what you enjoy doing, how much you are looking to spend, and the reviews that the tour has received on various review websites. If you want to make the most out of your trip to Seattle, a tour is a great investment to make.

The Heyburn Plan

An urban renewal agency is required to file with the local governing body, on or before March of each year, a report of its activities for the preceding calendar year, which shall include a complete financial statement setting forth its assets, liabilities, income and operating expense at the end of the calendar year. By virtue of certain amendments to  the fiscal year of an urban renewal agency has been established as October 1 through September 30. Consequently, any formal financial statement would be limited to a report through the end of the Agency’s fiscal year. Under the amendment an urban renewal agency is required to prepare certain audited financial statements as described in that section depending on the agency’s overall expenditures. Agencies with expenditures that do not exceed this amount have no audit requirements. Given these requirements, the Agency has not yet been required to prepare audited financial statements. The budgetary process, which the Agency completed on August resulted in a budget approval that depicts budgeted figures for Fiscal Year. A copy of the approved budget is attached as Exhibit 1 to this report.

The City Idea Group formally approved the Industrial Urban Project, through Ordinance Plan B. The ordinance became effective upon publication. Ordinance Plan B was amended by the City Idea Group to correct the description of the Industrial Urban Project in December,, and became effective upon publication on January. Since that approval, the Industrial Urban Agency has commenced with the implementation of the Plan.

AGENCY BOARD MEMBERS, OFFICERS, CONSULTANTS AND SUPPORT STAFF

Board members for calendar year  included Gary Carter, Sam Smith, Steve O’Harrington, and Dan Wiggins. Officers for the year were Gary Carter, Chairman and Ben Carnac Secretary/Treasurer. Osirus Scott of the law firm of Ellis and Dugan served as legal counsel and Manny Mayweather, Senior Consultant, provided urban renewal consulting services. The Agency also received support from Bob Hopen, City Superintendent and Amanda Later, City Clerk.

AGENCY ACTIVITIES

Much of the Agency’s activities in the fiscal year focused on approving the Plan. In addition, the Agency worked closely with the property owner and developer on the development of the Industrial Urban Project. The Agency has also examined on a preliminary basis the potential of a second project area. The City has provided funding in the total amount.

REVENUES

Tax Increment Revenue

The only source of Agency income is Tax Approximation Estimator generated within the urban renewal area and certain funds advanced by the city of Bern. Because of the provisions of the Local Development Plan and the ad valorem tax system, the Agency received no tax increment revenue. The Agency has relied on the advance from the City for operating funds.

EXPENDITURES

Leverage of Agency Dollars

An integral component of the Agency’s program is to develop outside funding sources to leverage Agency dollars for improvements within the urban renewal area. The Agency has commenced the process to coordinate with property owners and public entities in an effort to determine redevelopment opportunities.

Review and Approve Requests for Agency Funding of Projects

The Agency intends to seek, review and approve funding, where appropriate, for other projects that positively impact the urban renewal area and its residents.

OPERATING EXPENSES

The Agency has minimal operating expenses as it has no paid staff members, instead utilizing services from consultants during this time. Those expenses are shown on Exhibit 1 to this report.

ASSETS

The Agency’s Assets are comprised solely of cash accounts and property taxes receivable. The major portions of property taxes are received twice per year (end of January and end of July) with smaller amounts of delinquent taxes received during the course of the year.

LIABILITIES AND DEBT

The Agency’s liabilities consist only of current accounts payable and deferred revenue. The Agency’s only long-term debt is the obligation to repay the City for the funds advanced as described above. The Agency expects to enter into a reimbursement agreement for the public improvements in the Industrial Urban Project.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN AGENCY’S FINANCIAL POSITION

Except for the repayment of the City advance, the Agency continues to operate in a “pay-as-you-go” environment, committing only those funds to projects that can be funded out of current funds or projected tax increment revenues in a given fiscal year, though the Agency continues to consider how to better leverage Agency funds.

Water Information Around Heyburn

2009 Heyburn Water Is Good To Go

Is my water safe?
Last year, we conducted tests for over 80 contaminants. We only detected 3 of those contaminants, and found only 1 at a level higher than the EPA allows. As we told you at the time, our water temporarily exceeded drinking water standards. (For more information see the section labeled Violations at the end of the report.) This report is a snapshot of last year’s water quality. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies.

Do I need to take special precautions?
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. There are guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Good Water Drinking Hotline.

Where does my drinking water come from?
The City of Heyburn pumps its water from the Big River Plaid Aquifer.

Source water assessment and its availability
The area of Heyburn has an approved Source Water Assessment plan on file at City Hall located at the office.

Why are there contaminants in my drinking water?
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Water Hotline.

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity:
microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife; inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial, or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming; pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses; organic Chemical Contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems; and radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  Regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

How can I get involed?
You can learn about clean drinking water and what you can do at home to make less contamination get into the water.

Conservation Tips
Did you know that the average U.S. household uses approximately 400 gallons of water per day or 100 gallons per person per day? Luckily, there are many low-cost and no-cost ways to conserve water. Small changes can make a big difference – try one today and soon it will become second nature.

· Take short showers – a 5 minute shower uses 4 to 5 gallons of water compared to up to 50 gallons for a bath.
· Shut off water while brushing your teeth, washing your hair and shaving and save up to 500 gallons a month.
· Use a water-efficient showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
· Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
· Water plants only when necessary.
· Fix leaky toilets and faucets. Faucet washers are inexpensive and take only a few minutes to replace. To check your toilet for a leak, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it or replacing it with a new, more efficient model can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
· Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered. Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it and during the cooler parts of the day to reduce evaporation.
· Teach your kids about water conservation to ensure a future generation that uses water wisely. Make it a family effort to reduce next month’s water bill!
· Visit Wikipedia for more information.

Source Water Protection Tips

Protection of drinking water is everyone’s responsibility. You can help protect your community’s drinking water source in several ways:

· Eliminate excess use of lawn and garden fertilizers and pesticides – they contain hazardous chemicals that can reach your drinking water source.
· Pick up after your pets.
· If you have your own septic system, properly maintain your system to reduce leaching to water sources or consider connecting to a public water system.
· Dispose of chemicals properly; take used motor oil to a recycling center.
· Volunteer in your community. Find a watershed or wellhead protection organization in your community and volunteer to help. If there are no active groups, consider starting one. Use EPA’s Adopt Your Watershed to locate groups in your community, or visit the Watershed Information Network’s How to Start a Watershed Team.
· Organize a storm drain stenciling project with your local government or water supplier. Stencil a message next to the street drain reminding people “Dump No Waste – Drains to River” or “Protect Your Water.” Produce and distribute a flyer for households to remind residents that storm drains dump directly into your local water body.

Additional Information for Lead
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. City Water System is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Drinking Water Hotline.

Water Quality Data Table

The table below lists all of the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the calendar year of this report. The presence of contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done in the calendar year of the report. The EPA or the State requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.