Seekonk Has a Little-Known Blueblood History
The town, just over the Massachusetts border, was once home to the Jacob Hill Hunt Club.
Great Places for Foodies
The Country Kitchen
Serving breakfast and lunch, the Country Kitchen is a family-run restaurant at its best. Don’t let the restaurant’s barn-like exterior fool you; the food certainly isn’t animal fodder. The spot serves a whole range of breakfast classics, but it’s also renowned for rotating specials: Diners rave about the banana bread French toast and the linguica and eggs. For more substantial fare, try a hot pastrami sandwich or the clam cakes and chowder. 469 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, Mass., 336-9807.
As the name might imply, Chardonnay’s has an impressive selection of wines to choose from, with everything from malbecs to rieslings. Pair your wine with a delicious fire-grilled pizza, whether it be fig jam and arugula or a New York System pizza. This lively suburban outpost also serves a number of pastas, sandwiches and entrees (orange-ginger salmon, anyone?). 393 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-0967, castiglionirestaurants.com/chardonnays-restaurant.
A Short Drive Away
Home to a sizable Portuguese population, East Providence also has a number of great Portuguese restaurants. Riviera Restaurant is one of the area’s best, serving classics like bife com camarao, a fried sirloin served with stuffed shrimp, rice and sliced potatoes. There are also a number of Italian and American dishes on the menu if you’re not in the mood for Portuguese. 580 North Broadway, East Providence, 431-9231, rivierarestaurante.com.
Great Places to Shop
Vinny’s Antique Center
With more than 200 dealers operating out of the center, you’re sure to find some forgotten treasure when you visit Vinny’s. It has everything from quirky vintage toys to Colonial-style furniture. It has been around for twenty years, providing a space for dealers to sell their wares and for antique aficionados to purchase them. 380 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-0800, vinnysantiquescenter.com.
Buying clothes, toys and books for infants and toddlers can feel like a futile task, considering how quickly they’ll outgrow them. Children’s Orchard is trying to change that. This consignment store sells everything a young child could need at a fraction of the price of new goods. If your children’s clothes no longer fit and you’d like to make a bit of money, Children’s Orchard will pay generously. Plus, you can get 30 percent more if you opt for store credit. 20 Commerce Way, Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-7757, childrensorchard.com.
A Short Drive Away
Helene’s Bridal Shoppe
When you’re looking for a dress, whether it be as a bridesmaid or the bride herself, you want attentive, individualized service. Helene’s Bridal Shoppe does that and a whole lot more. This locally owned shop has been in East Providence for more than seventy years, making every bride’s big day extra special. With three floors of inventory, you’re sure to find just the dress you’re looking for. And if you’re looking for a tux to go with that gown, the ancillary shop, Anthony’s House of Formals, is right next door. 84 Taunton Ave., East Providence, 434-4370, helenesboutique.com.
Great Places to Explore
For some, the town of Seekonk is synonymous with its renowned racetrack. This historic track has been a local mainstay since the late ’40s when it was nothing more than a quarter-mile oval of dust and dirt. It has come a long way since, and is now made of paved asphalt and offers the widest track in all of New England (a whopping seventy-two feet). It has hosted a range of automobile-based entertainment, from stock cars and drag races to monster trucks. It’s also home to a celebrated flea market, open on Sundays, April through December. 1782 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-9959, seekonkspeedway.com.
Who doesn’t love a game of mini-golf? Fantasyland’s two eighteen-hole courses are sprinkled with fun structures and challenging
obstacles, from a fairytale castle to a handful of burbling fountains. For young thrill-seekers, there are seven full-sized rides including a Ferris wheel, carousel and bumper cars. Parents can kick back with some pizza and soda as their kids enjoy the rides and play in the facility’s well-stocked arcade. 1300 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-6262, fantasylandminigolf.com.
A Short Drive Awa
With tennis courts, dog parks and even a carousel, Slater Park will satisfy all members of the family. Outdoor enthusiasts will have plenty to do; the park is located along the scenic Ten Mile River, which is home to turtles, herons and other wildlife. There’s a three-mile bike trail that runs along the water for amateur and dedicated bicyclists alike. For kids interested in animals, there’s a petting zoo at Dagget Farm, which is located in the center of the park. Finish the day with a trip to the park’s carousel which is more than 100 years old. 425 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, 728-0500.
Fun for Kids
Monster Mini Golf
Both kids and adults love mini-golf, but if you and your kids have grown tired of the typical eighteen holes, Monster Mini Golf may be the place for you. This indoor course is stocked to the rafters with spooky statues of ghouls, goblins and boogeymen. The entire course is illuminated with black lights so that everything from the golf balls to the obstacles glows in the dark. When you’re done putting, head to the arcade and play a number of classic games. 140 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-8004, monsterminigolf.com/seekonk.
Seekonk Grand Prix
Some kids just have a need for speed, and there is no better way to indulge them than with a trip to the go-kart tracks. Down the street from the Seekonk Speedway, the Seekonk Grand Prix lets kids live out their dreams of becoming a racecar driver in a safe, supervised environment. There are a variety of tracks for all ages and skill levels, as well as a slick track, where carts slip and slide over the road. For more aggressive drivers, there are bumper boats and cars. 1098 Fall River Rd., Seekonk, Mass.,508-336-8307, seekonkgrandprix.com.
Seekonk Public Library
It might not be every child’s cup of tea, but young bookworms will enjoy the Seekonk Public Library’s sizable selection of children’s and young adult fiction. It also has a number of programs for kids and story times where children can listen to their favorite books being read aloud. For crafty kids, the library often offers art workshops where they can make fun projects like miniature fairy doors for the garden. 410 Newman Ave., Seekonk, Mass., 508-336-8230, seekonkpl.org.