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Ask The MassDrive Agent: What’s The Best Scenic Drive In Massachusetts?

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Now that it’s officially fall, the leaves are starting to turn and we’re starting to see some beautiful foliage across the Bay State.  During this time of year, the brightly colored leaves and crisp weather don’t last too long, and taking a scenic drive is the perfect way to enjoy a gorgeous fall day!  There are so many different options to choose from, so we’ve asked our agents what some of their favorite drives are across the state to narrow down the list.

Route 2 – This historic drive goes through the back roads of Massachusetts, and is a favorite of our sales agent, Teresa.  It runs from Lexington and Concord all the way to the Berkshires, and is about 3 hours from beginning to end.  Not only does it have beautiful foliage during this time of year, it’s also much less congested than main roads in the area.  There are amazing mountain views that make the drive totally worth it, especially on a warm, clear day.

Chickatawbut Rd – This road is part of the Blue Hills Reservation Parkways and runs through Milton, Quincy, and Braintree.  Our sales agent, Jeff, loves the mix of country and city.  The road runs through the Blue Hills so there are beautiful views of fall foliage, and even a great view of the Boston skyline along the route.  Another great perk?  You’ll get to miss all the traffic on I-93!

Mount Auburn Cemetery – Our sales agent, Christine, loves going for a ride through Mount Auburn Cemetery in the fall.  This 72 acre cemetery is also an experimental garden, and features historical monuments, structures, art, and a wide variety of plants and wildlife.  It is located in Cambridge and Watertown, and has spectacular views of the city but also makes you feel like you’re getting in touch with nature.  It’s a nice spot to drive through, or even stroll through if you have the time.

Memorial Drive – Located on the north bank of the Charles River in Cambridge, this road is a favorite spot of our sales agent, Shawn.  It’s also known as U.S. Route 3 for its entire length, and Massachusetts Route 2 over the portion west of the Boston University Bridge.  He said the view of the Boston skyline is especially amazing on a clear night, and not to be missed if you have the chance to take a ride over there.  If you can find a parking spot, he recommends stopping to take a walk along the river.

Milestone Rd – Our customer service representative, Chrissy, love taking a ride down Milestone Rd in Nantucket.  She says it’s very quaint and secluded, you get to see the fall foliage and the beach on the same drive.  It’s also in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary, so you may see some animals if you’re lucky.   Taking a ride through Nantucket would be the perfect way to enjoy this beautiful weather we’ve been having!

These different roads will bring you by the beach, city, historical monuments, art,  and of course by some beautiful fall foliage.  Pack up the car, grab some friends, put on our road trip playlist, and enjoy!

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Charity Events This October

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Who doesn’t love helping out a good cause?  This month, we’ve made it easy for you to find events to go to that will not only be a great time, but also benefit the local community and help those in need.

Country 102.5 20th Year Celebration – Celebrate Country 102.5’s 20th year at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on Thursday, October 3rd with American Idol favorite Kellie Pickler and special guest Charlie Worsham!  This acoustic performance is limited to those that are 21 and over, and the cost is $20.  Doors open at 7 PM and the concert begins at 8 PM, so make sure you arrive early to get a good spot!  All proceeds will benefit the Floating Hospital for Children at the Tufts Medical Center which provides comfort and care to children and their families when they need it most.  Grab your friends and head to the Hard Rock for a fun night of music, while doing some good for local families.

Central Massachusetts Walk To Cure Diabetes – This fun-filled charity walk takes place in various locations across the country, and this one will be held on Sunday, October 6th at the Bolton Fair Grounds in Lancaster.  The walk raises funds and awareness for the millions of people that are living with type 1 diabetes.  There is no registration fee although guests are encouraged to register for the walk ahead of time.  You can either walk alone or create a team and fundraise together.  The walk begins at 10:30 AM and is a 5K, it will be held rain or shine so make sure you dress for the weather.

Howl O Ween – For all of you animal lovers out there, this charity event will be a fun day out for you and your furry friend!  This fundraiser benefits the German Shepherd Research and Rescue Center and will take place at Endicott Park in Danvers on Sunday, October 13th from 10 AM – 3 PM.  Admission is free and there will be tons of fun activities going on throughout the day including a pledge walk, costume contest, dog demo’s, lucky ticket raffle, vendors, and much more.

Making Strides Walk To End Breast Cancer – October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and this month you can join the American Cancer Society for their annual Making Strides Walk in Worcester on October 20th at 10:30 AM.  This non-competitive, 2.5 mile walk not only raises funds to assist in life-saving research, but also raises awareness for this disease that effects 1 in 8 women.  There are other walks going on across the state this month, in Boston, Greater Springfield, Cape Cod, Berkshire County, and Nantucket so find the one that’s closest to you and sign up to join the fight against breast cancer!  Keep in mind that these walks are on different dates and possibly different lengths than the one in Worcester, so make sure you look into the details for the walk closest to you!

It’s easy to give back and have fun all at the same time this month, whether you’re working up a sweat at a charity walk, enjoying a concert, or having a fun day with your furry friend, there’s something going on this month for everyone to enjoy!

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Massachusetts Events This October!


Can you believe it’s already fall?  It feels like summer flew by but before you know it we’ll be preparing for Halloween!  There are tons of fun events going on this month, and we’ve found some of the best ones taking place across the Bay State!  Grab your friends and family and head to these fun events this October!

Harpoon Octoberfest – This fall tradition is taking place on Friday, October 4th from 5:30 PM – 11 PM (doors close at 9 PM) and Saturday, October 5th from 2 PM – 9 PM (doors close at 7:30 PM) at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston.  This event is 21+ and tickets are not available in advance, you must pay the $20 cover at the door which includes admission, a drink ticket, and a souvenir Pint cup, also keep in mind that this event is cash only.  There won’t be parking at the brewery but there will be a shuttle bus at South Station running to and from the event.  Come enjoy German food, live music, German chocolate cake eating contests, keg bowling, and of course tons of fresh Harpoon beer options including IPA, Octoberfest, and UFO Pumpkin.  Unwind with friends after the workweek and celebrate the start of fall at Octoberfest!

Riverside Blues and BBQ Festival – Hosted by the Franklin County Rotary Club and the Greenfield Recreation Department, this family friendly event is taking place at Beacon Field in Greenfield from Friday, October 11th – Sunday, October 13th.  There will be professional BBQ competitors from across New England competing in grilling contests, and two days of Blues music, beer sampling, crafters, vendors, and activities for the kids.  On Friday night there will be a free outdoor movie night at 7 PM with free admission and popcorn to kick off the festival.  On Saturday and Sunday, events will be from 12 noon – 6 PM, admission to the festival is $5, and children ages 10 and under are free with a paying adult.  Admission to the BBQ Samplin’ Pit is $5 and guests can sample and vote for their favorite teams.  On Saturday guests can sample chicken wings and on Sunday there will be pulled pork.  Admission to the BrewFest Beer Samplin’ Saloon is $20 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and includes as many beer samples as you can drink.

Newburyport’s Great Pumpkin Lighting and Stroll – This family friendly event is taking place on Saturday, October 19th from 6 PM – 9 PM at Market Square in Newburyport.  Families are encouraged to bring a carved pumpkin that will be lit and placed on the stage in Market Square.  Every family will be provided with a votive candle that will be lit all together at dusk, approximately 6:15 PM, and placed in the pumpkins which will be put on stage.  Families are then invited to stroll through beautiful downtown Newburyport, along the water, and to admire the pumpkins designed by local businesses.  At the end of the night, families are asked to take their pumpkins home for safe keeping.  This is a great way to get in the Halloween spirit with the whole family!

30th Annual Applefest – Head to Wachusett Mountain in Princeton on October 19th – 20th for Applefest!  This event is perfect for the whole family, and fun for all ages.  There will be live music, a mountainside barbecue, pie eating contests, Skyrides to the scenic Summit, craft & farmer’s market booths, and clowns, jugglers, magicians, pony & hay rides, and a climbing wall for the kids.  There will also be an Oktoberfest Celebration featuring authentic German cuisine, a variety of beers in the Beer Garden, and live entertainment.   This event is from 10 AM – 5 PM both days and tickets are $12 for adults at the door and $7 for children ages 6 – 12.  Discounts are available if you purchase in advance online and there are also packages available that include admission, food vouchers, play activities and more!

If you weren’t in the fall spirit before, you will be after these events!

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Camp Grounds In Massachusetts!


If you want to get in touch with nature and experience the great outdoors, there’s no better way to do it than to go camping!  Here in Massachusetts, we have a lot of different options, whether it’s on the south shore, out in the Berkshires, or on the north shore, there are options across the entire state to check out!

Wompatuck State Park – Located on the south shore, this camp ground is only 35 minutes from Boston but you will be sure to feel like you’re deep in the woods.  There are 262 campsites and 140 of them have electricity, there are also restrooms and showers on site.  During the day, take advantage of the many hiking trails and explore the area, and the  12 mile network of bike paths on the opposite side of Union Street.  Mountain biking is allowed and fishing is also a popular pastime in the area.  This camp ground is also extremely affordable, sites without electricity cost $12 per night per campsite (without electricity) for Massachusetts residents and $14 for non-residents.  For sites with electricity there is an additional charge of $3 per night.  The camp ground closes October 13th so don’t miss your chance to experience a night in the great outdoors before the end of the season!

Historic Valley Camp Ground – Head west this camping season to North Adams and stay at Historic Valley Camp Ground!  There are 100 sites on this camp ground with water, electricity, and some sewer sites.  Located on Lake Windsor, guests can enjoy swimming and lounging on the public beach or travel to nearby downtown North Adams which has a variety of different cultural and performing arts.  There’s also boating, fishing, and a playground for the little ones.  There are lakeside, wilderness, and pull through sites for your RV, camper, or tent.  This camp ground is perfect for the whole family, so pack your bags and enjoy a weekend in nature before the cold rolls in!

Salisbury Beach Camp Ground – If you’re looking for a different take on camping, this is the spot for you.  While it’s not situated in the middle of the woods, you’re only a short walk from Salisbury beach and tons of local attractions including an arcade for the little ones, restaurants, batting cages, and much more.  Here you can fall asleep to the sounds of the sea, and a camp site is much more affordable than a beach house! Sites are only $17 per night for Massachusetts residents and $19 for non-residents, and there is a two night reservation minimum.  The camp ground resembles a small town, with different streets lined up next to each other and there are 484 sites so there is plenty of room if you want to bring friends!

The chill will return to the air before we know it, and spending a night or two in the great outdoors is the perfect way to close out the summer season!  Grab your family, friends, and tent of course and make your reservations for one of these upcoming weekends, if the weather continues to stay as warm as it has been you may feel like you’re still on summer vacation!

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Animal Adventures In Massachusetts


Everyone loves animals, whether you’re young or old how can you resist those adorable faces?  We’re very lucky here in Massachusetts because there are a bunch of different places we can visit to see some exotic creatures!  We have an aquarium, zoos, and even a butterfly place that are all reasonably priced and family friendly attractions.  Whatever your favorite animal is, there’s a good chance you can see it here in Massachusetts, so head to some of these fun attractions with the whole family!

New England Aquarium – Located in Boston, the New England Aquarium is a popular destination for field trips and family fun.  There are tons of fish to see, and the main exhibit is a giant tank in the center of the aquarium which is home not only to fish, but also giant sea turtles, sharks, sting rays, and many more sea creatures.  Guests can even get a chance to interact with the animals!  There is a tide pool tank where visitors can touch tide pool animals including sea stars, sea urchins, hermit crabs, and more.  Guests can also visit the Shark and Ray Touch Tank where they can touch small sharks and sting rays!  Another cool way to interact with the animals?  Check out the marine mammal shows that take place throughout the day!  There is even an exhibit outside of the aquarium before you enter that features seven Northern fur seals and is free of charge!  In addition to their main building, there is also a Simon’s IMAX theater and Whale Watch tours until November so be sure to visit and take full advantage of all the aquarium has to offer!

Zoo New England – Zoo New England refers to two zoo’s here in Massachusetts, the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham.  Both have unique, exotic animals from all over the world and fun exhibits for guests to participate in.  The Franklin Park Zoo is home to giraffes, lions, tigers, zebra, warthogs, ostrich, and much more!  There’s a petting zoo where children can get up close and personal with farm animals at the zoo as well!  Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors (62+), $11 for children (ages 2-12) and children under 2 are free!  The Stone Zoo is home to black bears, a snow leopard, gibbons, otters, reindeer, wolves, a bald eagle, flamingos, and much more.  Admission to the Stone Zoo is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+), $10 for children (ages 2-12), and children under 2 are free.  Check out one or visit both, either way you are guaranteed to have a day full of family fun!

The Butterfly Place – Located in Westford, this tropical habitat is home to New England butterflies and tropical species from all over the world.  There are also koi fish, quail birds, and caterpillars on site as well as a “show and tell bench” where there is always a staff member on site to answer any questions you may have.  There is also an educational video that plays throughout the day and explains the butterfly life cycle.  You can even take home a butterfly hatching kit so you can hatch and release your own butterfly or moth!  The butterfly place is kept at about 80-85 degrees, which is perfect for the butterflies although other areas do have air conditioning.  Parking is free, and admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), $8 for children (ages 3-12) and free for children 2 and under.

Whether you’re a fan of lions, tigers, bear, seals, penguins, or butterflies, you can see them all and more here in Massachusetts!  All of these destinations are family friendly and fun for all, be sure to visit them all!

Charity Events This Month


We all love going out to fun events, but why not head to something where you can have fun and give back to the community?  There are tons of fun charity events going on this September where you can have some laughs, meet new people, and help those that are less fortunate than you.  What’s not to like?

25th Annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk –  Presented by Hyundai, this annual walk allows participants to follow the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon route, and you can either walk the full route or there are three shorter options to choose from.  There is a $300 fundraising minimum and the money raised benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and makes a major difference in their mission to cure all types of cancer.  The walk is set to take place on Sunday, September 8th and is the Jimmy Fund’s largest one-day fundraising event.  Can’t walk on the day of the event?  Sign up to volunteer, donate, or even become a virtual walker!  Whatever way you can help out on walk day is sure to make a major difference in the fight to find a cure, which is something we all want!

Play Fore Paws – Love to golf?  Sign up for the Play Fore Paws event taking place on September 8th at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club in Methuen!  The event benefits Survivor Tails Animal Rescue, an organization that rescues, rehomes, rehabilitates homeless, unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs and cats and places them in loving, responsible forever homes. Head to Methuen for a fun day of golf as well as a 4-person best ball, gift bag, and banquet award dinner.  There will be prizes for first, second, and last place as well as hole in one, longest drive, and closest to the pin prizes.  In addition to all of those awesome awards, there will also be a silent auction, raffle, and special appearance from some of the Patriots Cheerleaders!  The event begins at 12 noon and costs $150 per person, or $600 per foursome.  Not only will this be a day full of fun in the sun, but you’ll be helping out a wonderful cause and a lot of deserving animals!

Project Smile Charity Date Auction – Created by Project Smile to raise funds for traumatized children, this event is the perfect girls or guys night out and draws over 500 young professionals to Gypsy bar in Boston!  Project Smile will be auctioning off dates with 40 single police officers, fire fighters, and some of Boston’s most eligible men and women ages 21-45.  This event is Friday, September 14th from 6:30 – 9:00 PM and tickets are $17 and can either be purchased in advance or at the door.  There will be music, appetizers, a cash bar inside the event, and of course fun for all!

Life Is Good Festival – Taking place at Prowse Farm in Canton, this two day festival benefits the Life is Good Kids Foundation and will be from September 21st-22nd.  This event is a celebration of optimism and music, and there will be three stages of performances throughout the weekend along with plenty of activities, games, arts & crafts, and a “Good Kids Zone” for the little ones.  One day tickets cost $65 for adults, $20 for kids or you can purchase a two day ticket which costs $120 for adults and $35 for kids.   This year’s performers include Jack Johnson, The Roots, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Yo Gabba Gabba! for the kids, and many more.  This event is perfect for all members of the family, and supports a wonderful local cause so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out!

Which one of these events do you plan on attending?  They are all fun days or nights out and a great opportunity to meet new people, have a few laughs, and do a lot of good so don’t miss out!

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September Events In Massachusetts

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Can you believe September is almost here?  We know you’re sad to see summer coming to an end, but we’ve found a ton of fun events going on to cheer you up!

Musicfest at Wachusett Mountain – Head to Wachusett Mountain in Princeton on Sunday, September 8th for their 16th annual Musicfest!  There will be 5-6 local bands playing on the main and side stages from 12 noon – 6 PM, a Mountainside BBQ  and multiple food stations, their traditional “BEER-FEST-OF-ALE”, craft vendors, a scenic summit ride, and a classic car show presented by the Pike FM.  Performers include Ashley Jordan, Air Traffic Controller, Andy Cummings, Strange Machines, Michael Bernier & Freevolt, and Badfish, a tribute to Sublime.  This event is rain or shine and the gates open at 11:30 AM, make sure you bring your lawn chairs and blankets!  Adult tickets are $25 at the door, and children ages 6-12 are $7 at the door, although discounts are available if you purchase online in advance.

The Big E – You don’t want to miss out on the biggest fair in the Northeast!  The Big E comes to West Springfield, MA every September and will be there this year from the 13th – 29th!  When we say this is a big event, we mean BIG!  Luckily there is plenty of parking in a nearby lot and only costs $10 per vehicle, but make sure you have cash on hand.  One day tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12, plus an additional $1 service charge per ticket.  So what does this ticket buy you?  Once you enter the fair you may not know where to start first, not only are their rides, farm animals, plenty of food, and tons of exhibits, but there are also awesome concerts with big name headliners every weekend!  This year’s performers include Don Felder of the Eagles, Hunter Hayes, Randy Houser, the Beach Boys, and Austin Mahone for all of the “Mahomies” out there.  There will be many more events than the ones listed here so be sure to check out their site for all of the entertainment info!

Bourne Scallop Festival – Get a final seafood fix at this annual event in Buzzards Bay.  Taking place from September 20th – 22nd, this event draws over 55,000 patrons over the three days.  Their scallop and herb roasted chicken dinners are not to be missed, and there will also be beer, wine, a raw bar, chowder, lobster rolls, hot dogs, burgers, desserts, and more to eat at this family friendly event.  There will also be a craft show, rides, games, and non-stop entertainment throughout the weekend.  The event will be held rain or shine, and the dinner hours are from 10 AM – 9 PM Friday and Saturday, and from 10 AM – 6 PM on Sunday.  General admission tickets are $6 each, and children ages 6-12 cost $2 and children 5 and under are free!  Their scallop dinner ticket costs $22 and the chicken dinner ticket costs $20, however discount are available if you purchase online in advance!

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival – Also known as Boston’s biggest block party, the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is a party you definitely don’t want to miss!  Taking place in the South End, not only will there be tons of live performances by talented musicians, but there will also be great food and plenty of activities for the kids including face painting, inflatables, photos, and an instrument petting zoo.  This free event is perfect for all ages, and takes place on Saturday, September 28th, from noon – 6 PM on Columbus Ave between Massachusetts Ave and Burke Street.

There are still tons of fun events going on even though summer is coming to a close, and all of these events are outdoors so soak up the sun for as long as you can and enjoy a day out and about with friends and family!

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Labor Day Weekend Events In Massachusetts


We’re all sad to see summer coming to an end, but there’s still Labor Day weekend to look forward to!  We have one last hurrah to relax and celebrate with family and friends before the summer closes out.  Don’t have plans yet? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered because there are plenty of fun events going on all across the state!

Gloucester Schooner Festival – Head to beautiful Gloucester Harbor this weekend for their 29th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival!  Beginning Friday, August 30th and going until Sunday, September 2nd, this event is perfect for the whole family, no matter what age they are!  This festival honors the history of the schooner, and the important role it played in the development of the town, and the entire eastern seaboard.  There will be a wide variety of both old and new schooners on display, and the highlight of the weekend will be the Parade of Sail, where participating schooners make their way out of the harbor and into open water towards the Mayor’s Race starting area off Eastern Point.  There will also be walking tours, exhibits, fireworks, and even the First Annual Public Lobster bake for only $12 per person!  Don’t miss out on this fun celebration, you can find a full schedule of events here.

3 County Fair – If you’re in Western Massachusetts for Labor Day weekend, don’t miss out on the annual 3 county fair in Northampton!  This family friendly event is something you don’t want to miss, there will be tons of food and fun activities for everyone to enjoy.  Entertainment includes; demolition derby, monster trucks, pig races, renaissance jousting, rides, magic shows, blues singers, a zoo, and much more!  The fair kicks off on Friday, August 30th and ends on Monday, September 2nd.  The gates open at 11 AM every day and tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for veterans and seniors, and children ages 11 and under are free.

Boston Arts Festival – The Boston Art’s Festival is celebrating their 10th year and this year’s festival will be from Saturday, August 31st – Sunday, September 1st.  Held in Christopher Columbus Park on Boston’s Waterfront, the event is a major attraction to both tourists and locals alike and admission is FREE!  This festival launches Boston’s arts season, and features the work of over 40 artists who are exhibiting and selling their one-of a -kind paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, woodwork, photography, and much more.  There will also be live and interactive performances by local groups.  Past performers have included the Boston Ballet, Blue Man Group, and the Boston Lyric Opera, just to name a few.  The festival is from 12 noon until 6 PM both days but be sure to stick around for the fireworks over Boston Harbor at 9 PM on Saturday!

Marlborough Labor Day Parade – Marlborough is proud to host the largest and most prestigious Labor Day Parade in New England, and they definitely want to hold on to that title so you can be sure the parade gets bigger and better every year!  There will be hundreds of floats and other entertaining acts walking the streets, not to mention giving out candy and other treats for children. It begins on Monday, September 2nd at noon and the route is 1.8 miles long, there will be thousands of spectators, so try and get there early if you want a good seat!  The parade begins at the corner of Pleasant Street and Lincoln Street, and you can view a map of the full parade route here.

If you didn’t have plans before, you have plenty of options to choose from now!  Are there any other fun events going on that we missed?  Be sure to let us know!

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Mini Golf Courses In Massachusetts

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Mini golf is one of those fun summer activities that doesn’t seem to get old no matter what age you are.  It’s a fun family outing, date night, or a fun time for a group of friends.  Who doesn’t love the thrill of competition and trying to make ridiculous shots through winding tunnels, drops, or giant windmills crushing your hopes for a hole in one?  Sounds like a blast right?  Check out our list of some of the top golf courses in the Bay State and don’t miss your chance to get a round of mini golf in before the summer ends!

Golf On The Village Green – This course is perfect for the history buff in your family!  Their unique setup is themed after colonial American history so it’ll be an educational adventure as well!  Located in Natick, this course is not too challenging so if you’re going with little ones it’s perfect.  They will also enjoy the arcade setup on site and mining for gemstones!  This would definitely be an affordable trip for the whole family, and a good refresher on some history before they head back to school!

Max’s Country Golf – Located in Tyngsboro, this golf course has everything from batting cages, to bumper boats, to a driving range, to Richardson’s ice cream!  Of course there’s a huge mini golf course with 18 holes and the largest man-made waterfall in the Northeast! The course is mainly outdoors but eventually you get to play through a cave and indoor barn.  There’s great music to listen to along the way and even different fish, rabbits, and goats on site! Parents, want to just drop the kids off?  There are plenty of things to do nearby, including the Pheasant Lane Mall, AMC movie theater, and tons of restaurants all less than a mile away.

Monster Mini Golf – This golf course is actually a chain and has multiple locations throughout the Bay State!  Locations include Danvers, Fairhaven, Norwood, and Seekonk and this is a fun spot for the whole family!  Their course is described as being easy enough for children to play but still challenging for adults.  This indoor monster-themed course is perfect for a rainy day, and it’s even glow in the dark!  Their in-house DJ will keep you entertained during your game and afterwards don’t miss out on their arcade games!

Pirate’s Cove – Located in South Yarmouth, this mini golf course has won tons of awards, including “Best Family Attraction” in the entire state by Boston Magazine and is a must-see if you’re down the cape!  There are two pirate-themed, 18-hole courses to choose from, the Captain’s Course or Blackbeard’s Course!  If you have time why not try both?  After your game, stop by the “Pirate’s Cove Marketplace” for an ice cream, some pirate gifts, and Blackbeard’s Arcade!

After hearing about all of these awesome courses, how can you resist a round of mini-golf before the summer ends?  It’s a fun way to spend some time no matter how old you are, and a good way to work up an appetite before cooling off with some ice cream!  Enjoy the rest of the summer and if you visit any of these courses be sure to let us know how you liked it!

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Looking For The Best Ice Cream In The Bay State? Just Ask Our Agents!

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Who doesn’t love a nice scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day?  It’s a staple of the summer and the perfect snack after a day in the sun!  Here at MassDrive we are all big ice cream fans, so we asked our agents what their favorite ice cream stand is here in the Bay State and what flavor they would recommend!

The Juice Bar – Located in Nantucket, this stand has tons of flavors to choose from, ranging from traditional to their own original creations.  They even make their own waffle cones which you can smell as soon as you walk through the door!  Chrissy is the newest member of the MassDrive team and is working in the customer service department, she is huge fan of their peppermint flavor so if you’re in the area be sure to check it out!

Richardson’s Ice Cream – This stand has locations in both Middleton and Reading and is a favorite of two of our MassDrive team members!  Steve, the sales team supervisor highly recommends their chocolate chip cookie dough, and Christine, one of our awesome sales reps loves their pistachio!  The Middleton stand is their main location, and is also a full working dairy farm.  Kids will love watching the cows in the pasture and there’s also a mini-golf course just steps from the stand!  The Reading location is located in Jordan’s Furniture or you can find their ice cream at certain local, independent stands.

JJ’s Soft Serve – This stand is located in West Springfield and mainly serves soft serve although they also have milkshake options available.  This spot is a favorite of our sales rep, Teresa and she says she always used to come here as a child!  Her favorite flavor is their cookie dough but they have tons of options to choose from and even have some unique ice cream twist combos if you’re feeling adventurous!

Crescent Ridge – This dairy farm not only sells fresh, homemade ice cream, they also have fresh milk from their own cows and tons of other provisions on site!  Located in Sharon, this spot is a favorite of our sales rep, Jeff and he recommends either their cookie dough which comes loaded up with tons of dough, or their rainbow sherbet.  This stand also hosts a farmer’s market every Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM so if you’re in the area stop by and pick up some groceries fresh from the farm!

The Dairy Barn – Located in Randolph, the Dairy Barn has a huge menu of both hard ice cream and soft serve, along with shakes and different sundae options.  Our sales rep, Shawn, loves their crunchosaurus ice cream, but in the fall he says he usually opts for pumpkin.  They have oldies playing which makes waiting in line a little less painful and have some unique artwork/graffiti on site as well.  It’s perfect if you’re looking for a quick ice cream while you’re out and about, but if you want to sit and relax there isn’t much seating here so be prepared to possibly eat in the car.

Twist & Shake – Our amazing customer service rep, Eleanor is a big fan of this ice cream stand, especially their pistachio flavor!  They have two locations, one in Revere right near the beach, and the other in Winthrop.   They have the usual soft serve and hard ice cream as well as frozen yogurt and Richie’s Slush.  There are so many options it might be tough for you to decide which flavor to get!

Which of these stands is your favorite?  Are there any that we didn’t mention that you think deserve a shout out?  Let us know in the comments!

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