In 1958, Ryan Family Amusements founder James A. Ryan opened a simple, eight-lane bowling alley, planting the foundation for a slew of entertainment centers throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. At 10 locations, visitors enjoy a variety of arcade and skill games in addition to traditional candlepin, tenpin, or duckpin bowling. Every Friday and Saturday evening from 9 p.m. until midnight, bowling lanes take on an incandescent glow, allowing bowlers to experience futuristic entertainment without the inconvenience of rising jetpack-fuel prices. Bumper bowling is available for younger players, and an onsite concession stand refreshes responsible adults with glasses of beer and wine.
The mission at The Bridge Center lies within its name. The organization recognizes the social, physical, and emotional gaps that can exist between young people with disabilities and their community, and devises methods to bridge them. For the families and loved ones of these children and young adults, that gulf can seem hopelessly wide. But the center’s staff—professionals in fields ranging from special education to speech pathology—understands their concerns, and designs programs to help them thrive. Participants might fish, play soccer, or swim at one of the center’s nine-week summer camps to work on self-esteem and friendship-building, or develop balance and communication skills through equine-therapy-based horseback-riding lessons. As subjects get older, the curriculum tackles age-appropriate topics such as vocational training and independent life skills so they can become contributing members of society.
These programs are made possible by a 20-acre campus designed specifically for the center’s programs, where youth can learn, grow, and make friends in a safe environment. Here they do everything from play in the grassy fields to ride horses in the Riding Center’s indoor arena, and it’s all accessible to every visitor. In fact one of the founding principles of The Bridge Center was that no child should be turned away due to financial impediments, and the center strives to provide scholarships whenever the need arises.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Ocean K, Old Town, Perception, Necky, Wilderness, and Bic.
From Tihonet Pond in Wareham or the sands of Onset Beach, paddlers push off into the beauty of the surrounding wilderness, navigating their kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards across the placid waters. Guided tours of Onset Bay lead kayakers through rivers, islands, hidden coves, and even fishing spots where those with licenses are free to cast their lines. Along the Weweantic and Sippican Rivers, tours present participants with the opportunities to get glimpses of local wildlife such as herons, egrets, and osprey.
Raynham Athletic Club is a family-oriented club with classes for all ages. In addition to a full weight room stocked with Hammer Strength weights, resistance machines, and Cybex circuit-training machines, the club also has a cardio theater populated with Precor machines including treadmills, stationary bikes, and ellipticals. For guided fitness, trainers lead personal-training sessions as well as more than 15 group exercise classes such as yoga, Pilates, Zumba, basic fitness, aqua aerobics, and kids' fitness.
Swathed in the Cape Cod–style clubhouse of LeBaron Hills Country Club, Lilly’s captivates palates with a seasonal menu of seafood, steak, and pasta. Conjure the flavors of summer with a greens-and-pineapple salad ($7 for a half portion, $9 for a full portion), a mix of citrus chunks and mango dressing for tropical flavors and wasabi peas for seasonal heat. Chefs create foodscapes on a linguini canvas by painting hills of sautéed chicken and lobster and a forest of mushrooms, broccoli, and roasted tomatoes with a gorgonzola cream sauce ($13 for a half portion, $24 for a full portion). Prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin and asparagus ($19) snorkel through a sea of chipotle cream sauce, excavating submerged scallions and pirate doubloons from mounds of mashed potatoes. A three-layer feast, the Georgia Banks grilled swordfish ($30) rests on a pile of sliced potatoes while the sweet juices of a pineapple, mango, and strawberry salsa run down its sides.
Featured in the Taunton Daily Gazette last October, Spark Bike Run Sports culls high-end sporting equipment from around the world to outfit running, biking, and sports enthusiasts of all types with the latest gear and accessories. Peruse Spark's selection of quality goods from such name brands as Dakine, Asics, Jamis Bicycles, La Sportiva, Serfas, and Specialized, or enlist the guidance of a sports-loving staffer to navigate thoroughfares lined with men's and women's apparel, swim caps, bicycle helmets, and more.