We learned from our new friend Tim that the Boeing plant in Everett is the largest building in the world and he suggested adding a trip to Everett to our exploration list. We already had tickets to see Dreamgirls at the Everett Performing Arts Center (Village Theatre) last Sunday evening so we decided to make a day of it and visit the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour also.
We purchased tickets in advance for the Boeing Tour as we heard it sells out. It was sold out when we arrived so I’m glad we planned ahead.
The tour departs from the aviation center and there are numerous interactive displays that are very engaging (and educational) here so its a great way to stay entertained before the tour. Once the tour starts, you watch a short film then you board buses for the Boeing building with your tour guide. You get the opportunity to see these massive planes (747, 777 and 787) being built on the production floor below. Your guide walks you through the process and shares fascinating facts along with way. We thought it was well worth the $25 ticket price. Visit www.futureofflight.org for more information.
Before the Dreamgirls show, we walked around downtown Everett and found a number of options for dining and settled on Amante Ristorante Italiano. We sat in the outside courtyard and had a tasty meal that was really affordable and had a very friendly and attentive server.
Then the show – WOW! As you’ve likely read in an earlier column of mine, we love live theatre and when you couple that with great singing, it’s even better. The cast was amazing and boy can they sing. Although we knew the story (from having seen the movie), the stage version flowed great and backstage production crew kept things moving smoothly. The theatre only seats about 500 so every seat is a good one. Definitely Broadway caliber all the way around! Dreamgirls plays until July 30th only so don’t delay. Tickets and information at www.villagetheatre.org.
Overall I’d say our visit to Everett was really nice and we’ll definitely be back!