BY ERICA MILOSH
Although it’s time to readjust to college life and ease into new classes, summer isn’t over yet. Before fall creeps in, students can still explore some summer activities that the Dudley area has to offer. There’s still time to go swimming, eat seafood, and soak up the sun.
Memorial Beach, Webster MA: For the students who want to cram in one more beach day before summer comes to a close, Memorial Beach is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. It may not be on the ocean, but Memorial still has a good beach vibe and plenty of room for everyone to lay out in the sun. The walk-in fee is $1 and $5 per resident vehicle.
Dresser Hill Ice Cream: Enjoying some old-fashioned ice cream on a warm summer night is a must before the summer season runs out. Dresser Hill offers over 40 flavors of ice cream and some of the best seafood around. Cake batter, Wicked Chocolate, and Toasted Coconut are just a few of their unique flavors. This small town favorite is just a five-minute drive from school.
Ronnie’s Seafood: Ronnie’s serves up great seafood at their two locations in Charlton and Auburn. Locals will argue as to which location is better, but both offer the best popcorn shrimp and clam strips in the area. Lunch specials are from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., but always save room for their fresh ice cream. Both locations are about 20 minutes from Nichols.
Buffumville Lake: Buffumville Lake is a great summer day trip for a group of friends. Visitors can swim, use the park’s grills, hike trails, and enjoy the scenery. The lake offers volleyball, disc golf, and plenty more activities. Lake-goers are welcome to set up for the day and make use of the picnic areas available by the shore. The entry fee for one carload of people is $5 and walk-ins are $2. The lake is located ten minutes from Nichols.
Indian Princess Lake Tour: The Indian Princess is a large paddle wheel boat that cruises along the massive Webster Lake. Tours last up to 90 minutes and cost $20 per person. There are two sections of seating to accommodate 125 people. Patrons can relax and enjoy the lake view. There is also a bar available for those over 21.
Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides: Revisit childhood fun with a trip to the waterslides in Douglas, Ma. Waterslides rates are $15 per person from 3 p.m. to close, and the all-day rate is $20 per person. Breezy Picnic Grounds offers 3 slides, lake swimming, snack bar, and arcade. Check it out on a weekday when most children will be in school. It is located 25 minutes from the school.
Kayak Rentals: At Lakeview Marine, Inc., kayak rentals are $15 an hour or $32 for 3 hours. Tandem kayaks are also available to rent and are usually a cheaper option when the cost is split between two people. Lakeview Marine is located on Webster Lake so kayakers can get out to the water right away. Spending time kayaking is a great way to take advantage of the remaining summer days.