TAUNTON – Despite being in New England, it looks like Taunton is having an English summer lately.
People will say that we need the rain, and while that is generally true, it is equally true that it is frustrating when that rain comes just in time for the weekend, when a lot of people are trying to get out and to take advantage of summer plans.
It’s not a scientifically accurate thing to say, but if you feel like the rain continues to show up just in time for your day off, you’re not alone.
Maybe the rain spoils some outdoor projects, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t much to do in Grand Taunton on a rainy day.
Here are some ways to stay both dry and entertained:
Take these skates
Whether you’re looking to escape the rain or beat the summer heat (it’ll be back soon enough, don’t worry), how about grabbing those skates?
Although Aleixo Arena is looking to bring back regular public skating in the fall, it currently offers public skating sessions for a good cause. FMC Ice Sports partners with the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to help raise funds for skin cancer research. The Aleixo Arena is one of the venues offering free public skating. The skating series started on July 12 and there will be more sessions at the Aleixo Arena in the coming weeks. Registration is required and donation and planning information is available online.
Aleixo Arena is located at 150 Honorable Gordon M. Owen Riverway in Taunton. For more information call 508-824-4987 or visit https://fmcicesports.com/rink/taunton-aleixo-skating-arena.
Rollerblades more your speed? Try Forrest’s Family Fun Center at 1 R Lawton St. in Taunton. Entrance and times vary depending on the day you visit, so be sure to check out their website. Saturdays are family home evening; anyone aged 17 and under must be accompanied by their parents / guardians. You can also reserve the space for a private skating event. They also have a skate shop!
For more information call 508-824-4866 or visit https://www.forrestsfamilyfuncenter.com.
Are we going to play a game?
If the weather isn’t great outside, why not spend the day in the arcade or play a fun game?
Head over to Platinum City Gaming at 294 Winthrop St. for the full arcade experience, and more. In addition to their arcade, they offer console and PC games, virtual reality experiences, bumper cars, a laser tag, a basketball half court, and a pool table. You can also order something to snack on, as they have a full-service food menu and sports bar. Friday evenings are Fish Fry Fridays. Platinum City Gaming also offers gaming system repairs.
To schedule your visit, call 774-501-2749 or visit their website: https://platinumcitygaming.com.
Want to bowling to accompany your playing time? Look no further than Ryan Family Amusements, 115 New State Highway in Raynham. They also have arcade games, as well as a prize counter. There is room for birthdays and other group functions. They have tenpin and candle bowling, and leagues and recreational bowlers are all welcome. And, yes, you can play around with the bumpers if you need to.
Food is provided by the Jockey Club and Ryan Family Amusements is fully licensed. For more information visit https://ryanfamily.com/locations/raynham or call 508-822-2304.
Plan a museum day
To have fun while being educational, do not hesitate and plan a day at the museum. The Old Colony History Museum, located at 66 Church Green, has an extensive collection of artefacts and archives related to Taunton and, of course, the history of the Old Colony. The museum also has special programs each month, so be sure to check out their website, https://www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org, for upcoming events.
You can also make research appointments at the OCHM, both for historical and genealogical research. Admission is $ 5 for adults, $ 3 for students and those 65 and over, and museum members and children under 12 enter free. The History Museum of the Old Colony is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A sporting chance
Whatever the weather, the Fore Kicks indoor and outdoor sports complex, located at 223 Fremont Street, offers plenty of space to get out and play. They offer leagues in various sports, they have birthday parties, there is an indoor driving range, a family fun center, dealerships, a sports shop and much more. To learn more, visit their website at https://www.forekicks.com/taunton or call them at 508-822-4433.
The Edge Indoor Skate Park at 391 W. Water St. has over 30,000 square feet for skateboarding, blades, scooters and BMX. Riders of all skill levels are welcome, although riders must be at least 5 years old, and anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. Individual sessions can be booked in advance for $ 20, or a day pass can be purchased in person for $ 40. They also offer membership plans. To book a session or for more information call 508-823-4410 or visit https://www.theedgeindoorskatepark.com.
Take a cold
Rain or shine, you can meet up with friends and (responsibly) enjoy a beer. If you participate, that is. For those who do, there are several local brewing companies in Grand Taunton to choose from.
The Berkley Beer Company, at 10 Ingell St., is open Thursday through Sunday, offering both seating and curbside pickup. Beers are available at the bar as well as in packs of 4 cans to take away. They have IPAs, stouts, lager, and fruit ale, which is brewed with loose leaf Earl Gray tea. Pair it with any of their appetizers, pizzas, salads and sandwiches. They also have dessert! For more information call 508-386-9410 or visit https://www.berkleybeer.com.
Crue Brew Brewery, at 95 Ryan Drive in Raynham, is family owned. Currently on tap, they have Belgian beers, browns and reds, IPAs, coolers, stout and porter. They also run various events throughout the month, so be sure to check out the events tab on their website, https://cruebrewery.com. You can also reach them at 508-272-6090.
Anawan Brewing Company is currently under construction of taprooms and outdoor cafes for the next two weeks, so keep an eye on their website, anawanbrewingco.square.site, for updates. In addition to their beers, they sell merchandise and works of art. This veteran owned business is located at 7 Park St. # 2 in Rehoboth. You can reach them at 774-340-5152.
Look at the books
A rainy day is also the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book. If you need reading material, you don’t have to travel far to find it.
You can grab a new book and be home in no time if you visit the Taunton Public Library. Secure that library card and secure those books! The library also offers all kinds of events and programs, so stay up to date with the latest news on their website, https://www.tauntonlibrary.org. They also offer eBooks, and there are historical photos of Taunton to browse in their SAILS digital history collection. For more information, call 508-821-1410.
Or, you can also stop by a bookstore! There is Readmore Books at 330 Winthrop St. You can buy in-store and online at https://www.readmorebooks.com. You can reach them at 508-822-3074. In Raynham, at 575 South St. West, you’ll find Annie’s Book Stop, which also sells new and used books. They can be reached at 508-823-9696 and their website is http://www.anniesbookstopraynham.com. In Rehoboth, you can find both books and everything you need for your games (both tabletop and rpg) at Rivendell Books & Games. They are located at 224 Winthrop St. Call them at 508-252-5798 or visit their Facebook page.
Hey, if it’s raining and you’d rather stay home, who are we to blame? You preach to the choir. The good news is, you can stay home while supporting local businesses by ordering at your favorite area restaurant. It’s a win-win, and you can stay warm in your pajamas.
Taunton Daily Gazette / Herald News editor and digital producer Kristina Fontes can be reached at [email protected] Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette today.