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 (though not available at Cape Cod Mall, Newport, or Oak Bluffs locations).
Before the invention of modern nautical technology, sudden storms, dense fog, and strong currents provided a challenge for even the most seasoned sailors. These treacherous conditions proved insurmountable for many navigating the waters surrounding Nantucket, dashing vessels against the shoals and sinking more than 700 ships over the centuries. So many wrecks began to fill the floor of the waters around Nantucket Island that the area was referred to as "a graveyard of the Atlantic."
The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum honors the bravery of the local islanders?often members of organizations such as the Massachusetts Humane Society, United States Life-Saving Service, and the United States Coast Guard?who placed their own lives in danger by attempting to rescue the crews stranded aboard sinking ships. The museum's permanent collection, which consists of more than 5,000 pieces, gives guests an opportunity to learn more about these individuals' heroic efforts.
In addition to vintage photographs and exhibits recounting famous shipwrecks and the ensuing rescue attempts, the museum also features period artifacts that helped save lives. Additionally, the museum is a great place to take a bike ride or picnic on the beautiful grounds with views of the water.
After founder Michelle Anderson was injured in a terrible car accident more than 15 years ago, the doctors diagnosed her as permanently disabled. But she wasn't willing to give up so easily. Laboring through her physical therapy, she began augmenting her exercises with yoga practice, and eventually discovered Pilates. It changed her life. She pursued certification in Pilates instruction, and opened a studio of her own in 2007.
However, even though Pilates is her specialty, some of her most exciting services exist under the umbrella of Plus. Services such as Pilates Reformer, Zumbalates, which jumpstarts the core-building workout with fun and freewheeling Latin dance, and a twice-weekly boot camp that combines cardiovascular and strength training. There's more than physical fitness, as well. Massage imparts a sense of healing and calm, and the Slim Line Fat Loss system offers a noninvasive inch-shedding treatment.
Though it's called Air Support, the recreational company is all about the water. That's why it offers up activities that take advantage of its Cape Cod location. Standup paddleboarding sends participants out onto the calm Bass River, where experienced instructors teach you how to surf on the easy-to-ride paddleboards and coast past osprey nests and waterfront estates housesat by ospreys. Kiteboarding lessons instill everything from the basics to the advanced skills needed to catch air while attached to both a board and a kite. Finally, wakeboarding affords participants the thrill of surfing behind a boat that's creating waves.
Equipment: Yoga mats and accessories
Students Should Bring: Bottle of water
Average Class Length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot