Summer isn’t supposed to be that humid. We’re supposed to have barbecues and nap in the hammock with an open book on our stomachs and lightly roast at the beach. Instead, Southeast Massachusetts has turned into a hazy tropical swamp. Where is the sun ?
It’s not your imagination either. The Blue Hills Observatory in Milton says 8.8 inches of rain has fallen so far this month, 7.7 inches more than the average rain that fell around this time in July. Summer is short, and most of that month has literally gone by the wayside.
But don’t just hang around doing nothing but frown. If rainy days and / or Mondays always get you down, we’ve got a list of things you can do around Greater Fall River (and beyond) to beat what they called the blues.
Go to the cinema
The movies are back, baby, and they’re more inside than ever! Now that we’re sort of post-pandemic, a few theaters are back welcoming (vaccinated) people with open arms (vaccinated) – find out which ones are open here, and their COVID protocols. Summer also means there are a bunch of fun blockbusters to watch. You stay out of the rain, take advantage of the air conditioning, get Milk Duds and popcorn, maybe nachos, and watch stuff explode for a few hours – what could be better?
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When it is too humid for the pétanque, bring the pétanque inside. AMF Somerset Lanes and Holiday Lanes in Westport are both open and follow COVID protocols. Bowling with family or friends is a great way to bond as a team, or a lesson in how to demonstrate your physical dominance over your opponents – either way, you create lasting memories. Or go ahead on your own and work on your form. Plus, there are nachos here as well.
Get a beer
Along with the usual neighborhood hangouts for a beer, Fall River has two breweries with taprooms open for patrons to relax and enjoy delicious craft beers made right here within the city limits. Both Troy City Brewing and Canned Heat Craft Beer are open for business and busy making fresh microbreweries for customers. When it comes to a nacho-type situation, fries and salsa are on the menu in Troy City.
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Take the air
Thousands of square feet of soft, bouncy surfaces await at Get Air Trampoline Park in Swansea. The place is almost covered from wall to wall, so it’s an especially great place to get bored kids to let them burn off energy while you lounge in a massage chair. Build future American Ninja Warriors with a section reserved for climbing, hanging and swinging, or take a refreshing dip in the foam block pool. No nachos, however. It would be messy.
Play some games
For kids or adults who want to feel like kids, there are plenty of places to spend a rainy afternoon playing. Barrett’s Alehouse in Fall River in the North End has a game room filled with arcade games, and yes, there are nachos. Lazer Gate on Plymouth Avenue has a ton of arcade games, plus a laser tag and an indoor 18-hole black-light miniature golf course. A little further north in Taunton, Platinum City Gaming offers an assortment of new and old arcade games, console and PC games, bumper cars, a laser tag, and a full bar.
Take a book
Be honest, it’s been way too long since you’ve been to the library. They miss you, you know. All of the local libraries in Greater Fall River are now open to visitors and readers, and each is packed with fun for 10 lifetimes. It’s a peaceful place to hang out, grab a book or magazine, and let the rain do whatever it takes while you get lost in the literature. The library is also very quiet, so keep the nacho crunch to a minimum.
Visit a museum
While you’re at the library, pick up a museum pass. Gateway to adventure, libraries offer members passes to museums that can give you reduced or even free admission. In Fall River alone, you can get passes to the Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Science Museum, New England Aquarium and more. Other cities offer an assortment of other destinations. Boston is not that far. Use the time to expand your mind.
Closer to home, there’s always the Greater Fall River Children’s Museum to consider. Hours of operation are Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Go to the beach anyway
Just because it’s raining too much for the beach doesn’t mean you can’t visit the seaside – Fogland Beach in Tiverton, Gooseberry Island in Westport, Brenton Point in Newport are always beautiful places, even by car. Imagine yourself behind the wheel, your sweetheart in the passenger seat, a bag of nachos resting on the cup holder between the seats, and all the power and majesty of the ocean in front of you as you drink in the scenery.
Ehh, stay home
Do you know what is also really good? Wrap yourself in soft clothes, activate the streaming service of your choice, have some sort of drink handy, melt a bunch of cheese on tortilla chips and wait for the weather.
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