The Providence Rink at Alex and Ani City Center
Located in the middle of Providence, RI, the Rink at Alex and Ani City Center is one of the highlights of a Southern New England winter. From 10am to 10pm every day, locals enjoy scooting around in the winter wonderland. The rink also features ice bumper cars, but be sure to reserve them early each season, as they have limited time slots and book up fast!
If you don’t know how to skate but want to learn, the Providence Rink offers private lessons by appointment only. For more information on scheduled lessons and fees click here.
The rink admission costs $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under and seniors (65+). Skate rentals are $6 and locker rentals are $3. The rink is open to the public daily, but be sure to check online prior to attending because it does close in the case of bad weather.
Gurney’s Newport Skating Center
We were all disappointed when we discovered that the Newport Skating Rink at the Wharf would no longer be open, but the coastal city couldn’t be without a skating rink for long. This past December, Gurney’s Newport Skating Center opened at the waterfront resort. Situated on Goat Island and surrounded by Narragansett Bay, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina is a location better known for summer cocktails by the water and elaborate weddings than family fun. This winter though, you can enjoy the beautiful water view while ice skating with the family.
Open through February, guests and locals alike are invited to join in the fun. The rink is open daily for guests, visitors and locals from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Out of town-ers can also book the "Stay and Skate" Package now for unlimited skating, late checkout, and more.
Admission will cost $7, with different specials for children, seniors and military. Skate rentals will cost $5. Different pricing would apply to private parties, which can be organized through Gurney’s.
The South Coast is a great place to buy a home. We are just an hour away from the trendy buzz of Boston, but with the quiet slow pace of small-town living. We are just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Atlantic Ocean and there is never a dull moment on a beautiful summers day.
Here at EZ Home Search Real Estate our agents live and work on the South Coast. We’ve composed a list of all of their favorite places to go and things to do on the South Coast.
Below is a list of a few of our favorite out door places to explore with your family. Try them out for yourself and see if you agree with us!
The Caddy Shack
The Caddy Shack has outdoor fun for all ages. Spend the day putt-putting around the mini-golf course, getting soaked on the bumper boats, and taking a swing at the batting cages. When you are all done with that, you can get an ice cream or a slush puppy to help escape the summer heat. The Caddy Shack is open daily from 6 am until 10:30 pm, so it is the perfect way to entertain the kids on a nice summers day. Check out the website for pricing and directions! http://www.caddyshackdartmouth.com/
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in America and one of the nicest ones that you can visit on the South Coast. In the 40 acre park you can visit exotic animals from Africa, Australia, and North America. You can even come face to face with monkey’s in their Tropical America exhibit. General Admission is just $9.95 for children ages 3-12, so it is a fun and inexpensive way to spend a day with your family. For hours and ticketing information, check out their website. http://www.rwpzoo.org/
Is your child the type who loves hands on history? Well then Battleship Cove is the place for you! Your kids will love exploring the world’s largest and most diverse collection of historic naval ships. Battleship Cove is a nonprofit maritime heritage museum comprising five National Historic Landmarks. Stop by and explore the cove or visit the website at http://www.battleshipcove.org.
Does your kid have a need for speed? If so, then Westport Kartway is perfect for you! Right off of Route 6 in Westport, Westport Kartway is a go-karting places perfect for kids and teens! First, you pick your car, which is anything from a race car to a cop car. Next you start your engines and it’s “Ready, Set, Go!” For pricing and hours check out their website right here! http://westportkartway.com/
Buttonwood Park Zoo
“Named one of the finest small zoos in the U.S.A.” Buttonwood Park Zoo is a great place to take your little ones. The zoo has plenty of amphibians, reptiles and birds to keep the kids entertained. They also have elephants, cougars, bobcats and an abundance of smaller mammals to awe and wow the kiddies. Located in New Bedford, MA, this zoo is a great alternative if you don’t have time to explore a bigger zoo like Roger Williams. Ticket information and more is right here. https://www.bpzoo.org/our-animals/
Freetown-Fall River State Forest
Want a day to hike and explore without going too far from home? Great! Go to the Freetown-Fall River State Forest! Just 5 minutes from Fall River and Taunton, and 15 minutes from New Bedford, the forest is the perfect way to get away from the bustle of the cities. Near the day entrance is a wading pool for your little ones, picnic areas and a field to play in. The 50 remaining miles are made up of unpaved roads and trails. Horseback riders, dog sledders and mountain bikers all are welcome. Find out more information at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/freetown-fall-river-state-forest.html.
“We consistently heard from Fall River residents that they wanted to bring the theater back,” said Steven Cohen, president of the CEA Group told the Fall River Herald.
“We spoke to several national theater companies that were interested in opening in this location, but we were most impressed with the Picture Show team.”
In addition to the excitement of a brand new movie theater, the 110 Grille is an American Cuisine restaurant that is a must in this area of the city. Unlike the other franchises in the area, 110 Grille is a fairly new restaurant, with the first one opening in 2014 in Chelmsford. Since then it has opened seven restaurants in Massachusetts and New Hampshire with two more opening soon in Haverhill and Braintree. The Ulta Beauty that was announced this past May had locals ecstatic about the beauty company finally getting a SouthCoast location. Ulta Beauty is a store that sells high-end cosmetics, fragrances, skincare and haircare products at prices that can only be considered a steal! The biggest store to open at the SouthCoast Marketplace though is definitely the Market Basket. This giant supermarket has some of the best prices you can find, and now locals don't have to drive all the way to New Bedford to get the deals! Other shops and restaurants announced for the Marketplace include T.J. Maxx, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Santander Bank, One Dollar Zone, Starbucks and Staples.The marketplace is expected to open sometime this Fall!Interested in real estate and what is happening in the Greater Fall River area? Be Sure to subscribe to our blog below. And feel free to comment! We love hearing from you!
Fall River, MA
Every year a spectacular fireworks display is launched over the water near the Braga Bridge in Fall River. The magnificent show can be seen throughout much of the city, but the best seats are on the waterfront. For a unique experience that everyone in your family will enjoy, head over to Battleship Cove and grab your tickets for their 4th of July event. For just $8.00 per person, you can get a view unlike any other and watch the fireworks from the deck of the USS Massachusetts.
If you do not want to spend money in order to see the fireworks, then you can line up anywhere near the waterfront for an amazing view! And if you are looking for something to do for a 21+ crowd, The Tipsy Seagull and The Cove Restaurant on the waterfront are two great places to grab a dink before settling in to watch the show.
The display begins at 9:30 PM and will last about a half an hour.
New Bedford, MA
The New Bedford waterfront is one of the most underrated beautiful places in the area, and that beauty is just magnified during the annual 4th of July Celebration. The event takes place at 9pm and goes until about 9:30pm. Each year Mayor Jon Mitchell and the City of New Bedford present The Fireworks Spectacular. The fireworks can be seen from lower Union Street and Front Street.
The State Pier will not be open to the public, and parking is unavailable there on July 4th.The lower portion of Union Street will also be closed to vehicles to enable viewing for event-goers. Event-goers are encouraged to park at the Zeiterion and the Elm Street Parking Garages.
The 4th of July parade in Westport is exactly what you can expect from the coastal beach town. From boats to tractors to fire trucks, the little parade is perfect for townies and tourists alike. The parade starts up on Main Road near Saint Johns Church, and ends at the Westport Junior/Senior High School. The parade begins around 9:30 AM and traffic will be stopped on Main Road at 9:15, so find your seats before then!
America’s oldest 4th of July celebration is right around the corner from us! Bristol, Rhode Island has hosted a celebration for 232 consecutive years, and they sure know how to celebrate! The parade begins at 10:30 AM at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Street.
This parade is the biggest in the area, so give yourself plenty of time to park and find a seat along the route. It is also recommended that you bring food, water and sunscreen because it is a long parade and you will be sitting out for a while. For more information about what, and what not, to do at the Bristol 4th of July Parade click here!
Fall River, MALooking to take your dad out to a fancy dinner without breaking the bank? Then Sagres on Columbia Street in Fall River is the place to go. This Portuguese restaurant has nearly every dish your taste buds could desire. And with an atmosphere that feels more like a fancy Boston restaurant than a place in the heart of Fall River, you get the vibe of a trendy downtown joint with Southcoast prices.
The Head Town Landing Country Store
This adorable country store on Old County Road in Westport is the perfect spot to spend a sunny Father’s Day morning. The little shop smells like brewed coffee and freshly made donuts, giving your nose a treat as soon as you walk through the door. The shop also sells ice cream and Dels lemonade, so if you don’t make it there until later in the day, your Dad still won’t be disappointed. Grab a seat by the river, and watch the ducks play as you enjoy your perfect little Father’s Day.
The Tipsy Seagull
Grab a drink with this Father’s Day at the Tipsy Seagull in Fall River. This waterfront bar and grill is a great place to spend a casual Father’s Day with Dad. The drinks are strong, the food is delicious, and the waterfront view is gorgeous. If you want a Father’s Day full of laughs, sun and food, then the Tipsy Seagull is for you!
Roger’s Coney Island Hot Dogs
Not much says Father’s Day more than sharing a hot dog with Dad! This classic hot dog stand on North Main Street has always been the go to place to grab a hot dog in this city. Two Classic Roger’s hot-dogs and fries: $6.50. The memories: priceless.
The Boat House
This water front restaurant in Tiverton is a gem right in our backyard. Recognized as one of the Top Scenic Views in the United States by OpenTable diners in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, The Boat House is a great place to take your Dad this Father's Day. This restaurant serves some of the freshest New England seafood in the area, so the place is always packed with people. Pro tip: make a reservation a couple of days before so you don’t have to worry about the wait!
We want to share that magical feeling of summer with you and your kids, and that is why we’re giving away four tickets to Water Wizz in Wareham. Take a day off from work and just enjoy the smile on your children’s faces as they slide down the slides, and float through the lazy river. They will only be little for so long, so enjoy the time with them while they still believe in magic.
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This weekend admission is free for all US Veterans and active duty members from 9:00 through 5:00 PM. Even if you don’t have a Vet in your family, taking a moment to stop by to thank all of the brave men and women who gave their time to serving our country is a fantastic way to spend Memorial Day Weekend!
If you have a little bit more time on your hands, sign up for Nautical Nights Family Overnight on May 27th! For just $65.00 per person, you’ll get to spend a once in a lifetime experience with your family. Guests will enjoy “overnight accommodations, all-day admission, two meals and nautical themed activities.” Reservations are required and can be made by calling 508-678-1100 ext. 101/102 and all participants must be at least 6 years of age.
If spending a night aboard a Battleship isn’t up your alley, then maybe consider stopping in to simply observe the Memorial Day Ceremony with your family. On May 29th “remember, honor and celebrate those who gave their lives to ensure the freedoms,” with a “official commemoration ceremony with keynote speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Tracy, from the Naval War College.”
At 12:00 PM experience a traditional military observance, honoring the fallen and their families with the raising of the American Flag and the 21-Gun Salute. This ceremony is open to the public free of charge.
While aboard the ship for the Memorial Day ceremonies, check out all of the museum’s exhibits including “A Sailor’s Life,” “USS Massachusetts BB59,” “USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. DD850” to name a few!
Vacation time can be hard to come by, especially when you have a busy family! We at EZ Home Search know that, and we have a solution for when you want a vacation but don’t have the time to take one! Below is a list of our Top 5 places to take a day-long vacation throughout New England. Try them out for yourself this summer!
Canobie Lake Park
Canobie Lake Park is a family amusement park in Salem, New Hampshire, just a short hour and a half drive from Southern MA. The park has everything from kiddie rides to thrill rides, so there is something to do for kids and teens of all ages. If you go on an especially hot day, you can enjoy everything that Castaway Island has to offer. And if you are too big to play in the water park, then go on “The Boston Tea Party.” The giant flume ride is not only exhilarating, but it also gets you soaked! Tickets are $36, but you can check out their website, www.canobie.com, for discounts.
Lake Compounce is an amusement park in Bristol, Connecticut. The park is one-half amusement rides and one-half waterpark, so there is always something to do! Be sure to go on the rollercoaster “Boulder Dash” while you are there! It has been voted the “World’s #1 Wooden Coaster,” and with good reason! It is 2 miles long and at it’s fastest goes 60 mph! It is definitely worth the trip to the park! For more information about hours, tickets, and events go to www.lakecompounce.com.
Do you have a child who loves trains? Well then you should definitely take a day trip to Edaville USA! With rides designed for parents and children to ride together, the entire family will have loads of fun! And if you little one is a Thomas The Tank Engine fan, then be sure to go once “Thomas Land” opens up. For more information about Thomas Land, and Edaville’s hours go to http://www.edaville.com.
Need a day of fun in the sun? Then go check out Water Wizz in Wareham! It is Southern New England’s most popular water park, and once you go it is easy to figure out why! Spend the day in the wave pool, floating around in the lazy river, or flying down the waterslides. Go to www.waterwizz.com to find out more!
Not really into amusement parks but still want to take a day trip? Then checkout Purgatory Chasm. The chasm is a unique natural landmark that runs through a quarter mile of granite walls. The trail is popular for hikers, picnicking, and rock climbers alike. Remember that the rocks can be slippery so please wear rubber-soled shoes or hiking boots for safety!
Mariah Terry is passionate writer and blogger studying Journalism at Emerson College with a minor in Marketing. See her work at mariahterry.jimdo.com.
Below is a list of some of our favorite places to go on a romantic date night. Try them out for yourself and see if you agree with us!
The Back Eddy
The Back Eddy is the perfect date night spot for couples who enjoy the beach. Who wouldn’t want to end a day on the sand with a drink on a dock watching the sunset? The Back Eddy is located directly on the Westport River, with a deck that looks right out at the boats sailing through the channel. It is a little pricey, but it is well worth it for a romantic dinner on the water. For more information visit their website at http://www.thebackeddy.com/.
Want a romantic summer escape in the middle of the South Coast? Look no farther than the Tipsy Seagull. The Tipsy Seagull not only offers great food and drinks, but also nightly live entertainment. Sit outside on the deck and enjoy a summer date on the South Coast, you won’t regret it! Check out which bands are playing by going to their website at http://www.thetipsyseagull.com.
The Tipsy Toboggan
When it is time to trade in the sandals for boots, it is also time to move date night over to the Tipsy Toboggan. Owned by the same people who run the Seagull, the Tipsy Toboggan is a fancy little place where you can cozy up to your sweetheart. The entire restaurant resembles a log cabin, and the live music on weekends is a nice way to break up the cold winter days. Find out more about this enjoyable restaurant at http://thetipsytoboggan.com
Bittersweet Farm is a rustic barn with fantastic food and an even better atmosphere. The barn is surrounded by a stone-lined meadow, and the main dining room has floor to ceiling windows making it the view even more valuable. Bittersweet is a quaint, yet romantic, place to enjoy a date. For more information go to http://www.eventsbylhc.com/venues/bittersweet-farm.
The Boathouse in Tiverton is a fancy seafood restaurant with another breathtaking waterfront view. I know “waterfront” has been a common theme among these restaurants, but that is only because a sunset date on the water is just so romantic! View the menu and reserve a table
Mariah Terry is passionate writer and blogger studying Journalism at Emerson College with a minor in Marketing. See her work at mariahterry.jimdo.com.