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Seekonk [1] is a town in the SouthCoast region of Massachusetts which borders East Providence and Pawtucket, Rhode Island to the west, Attleboro to the north, Rehoboth to the east, and Swansea, MA and Barrington, RI to the south. Though much of the town primarily serves as a residential suburb of nearby cities (Providence, Boston, Taunton, Fall River), its relative wealth of shopping locales and destinations like the Seekonk Speedway combine with an all-around dose of Swamp Yankee charm [2] to make Seekonk an interesting place to visit, or perhaps work. In any case, you'll probably drive through it at some point if you frequently travel around Southern New England (especially MA and RI), so knowing where to stop could come in handy.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

A car is somewhat necessary for getting in and around Seekonk. The town can be accessed through one interstate, I-195, as well as Route 6 (Fall River Avenue), Route 44 (Taunton Avenue), Route 152 and Route 114A. Seekonk has its own exit on I-195 (Massachusetts Exit 1, Route 114A), which provides easy access to Route 6 to the south and Route 44 to the north. Route 152, while not connected to any other state route in town, is a major route running between East Providence and Attleboro.

By bike[edit]

The adventurous Providence biker can cross a bridge and journey through East Providence, which has notorious potholes in places but generally good sidewalks. Many cyclists can be seen in Seekonk on fair weather days.

By public transport[edit]

There is little public transportation from Providence, although one can get very close to the Seekonk Reservoir in North Seekonk by taking the RIPTA bus (Route 35 [3]) to Rumford. The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority also has a few stops in Seekonk on the 16 and 19 routes [4].

By plane[edit]

T.F. Green in Warwick and Logan in Boston are the nearest airports.

Understand[edit]

For an idea of what kind of a place Seekonk is, not to mention what's going on there these days, check out the patch.com dispatch: [5]

See[edit][add listing]

Seekonk traces its name to a Wampanoag (Native American) word for Canada geese ("Seaconcke" [6]), which can frequently be seen migrating over Seekonk or living, for a time, in the Seekonk Reservoir (the original pond/lake was another possible meaning for the word Seekonk) or other locations. Indeed, many species of migratory birds can be seen in an area which has preserved many wetlands and natural resources while also developing a sprawl of surburban infrastructure, best epitomized in the endless stores of Route 6. In early winter, large mobs of birds have been known to inhabit the power lines on Route 6 as well as they prepare for the long journey south. More about the area-at-large's birding can be found here: [7]

  • Martin Wildlife Reserve, 379 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, [8]. The Martin Wildlife Reserve is hard to find because it is right after the sharp bend coming around from the Old Grist Mill. This trail is roughly a mile long and is great for sightseeing, the trail wraps around a small meadow-stream pond called Burr’s Pond that leads to a very large and beautiful waterfall. The water comes from the Runnins River that travels through Seekonk so many people use this pond for fishing. Students from the local High School use this pond for projects in certain Biology classes that the school offers.
  • Runnins River Trail, Taunton Avenue, [9].This trail can be found behind the Seekonk Fire Station and Town Hall runs along the Runnins River. It is a recently done trail with small gravel stone all along the path so it is easy to follow. The path has newly built boardwalks and leads to a grassy area. After walking to the end there are some construction marks which leads to believe that they are expanding the trail in the near future.
  • Seekonk Meadows, Newman Avenue, https://trailsandwalksri.wordpress.com/category/seekonk-ma/]. This trail is behind the Seekonk Library and runs along the Gammino Pond Conservation Area. The trail is given as approximately 1.2 miles long. When on the main path and heading to the pond, it splits up into multiple smaller paths that can either lead up a hill or lead to the pond.
  • Turner Reservoir [10].This trail runs along the back of the Seekonk High School and along the large Turner Reservoir. The trail is approximately 2.7 miles long with grassy patches and thick woods so the trail has many different types of scenery which are great for pictures. The path leads to a recently built dam; from here you can see a great view of the reservoir.


Do[edit][add listing]

  • Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Avenue, (508) 336-9959, [11], [12]. The Speedway, family owned and operated since 1946 (making it the oldest in the USA), is perhaps the town's most widely known destination. Advertised as "The Action Track of the East" and "Southern New England's premier NASCAR track", its season of Friday and Saturday night races (with some other scattered events on weeknights) runs from April to September. Be warned, the crowds can get large and rowdy for big races (not to mention the July 4 fireworks!).
  • Showcase Cinemas Seekonk Route 6, 100 Commerce Way, (800) 315-4000. Chain movie theater tucked away in the huge Route 6 strip, discounts on Tuesdays.
  • Family Entertainment, self explanatory.
  • Seekonk Grand Prix, 1098 Fall River Ave, [13]. An arcade and very solid go-karts make this popular with the adolescents.
  • FantasyLand, 1300 Fall River Avenue, (508) 336-6262, [14]. More on the young side.
  • Monster Mini Golf, 140 Taunton Avenue, (508) 336-8004, [15]. New franchise aims to scare you as you play mini golf.
  • Seekonk Driving Range, 1977 Fall River Avenue, (508) 336-8074 [16],

Hours: April 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, May 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Recently redone is the Seekonk Driving Range’s mini-golf course, this new course is very modern with expanded holes. Prices for mini-golf are: Adults 7.50 and kids under 10 are 5 dollars. The driving range offers two varieties of baskets a small is forty balls for six dollars and a large basket is eighty balls for nine dollars. They offer clubs of all sizes for free and in the store they sell golf gloves and tees.

  • Firefly Golf Course, 320 Fall River Avenue, (508) 336-6622 [17]. Although there are many private country clubs in the area, Firefly provides a cheap, somewhat playable course for the amateur.
  • Tranquil Waters Spa, Café & Salon, 1479 Fall River Ave, (508) 336-6676 [18]. When it's voted Best in Rhode Island even though it's not in Rhode Island, that's usually a good sign.
  • Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, (508) 761-8230, [19]. Somewhat off the beaten path, this 200-acre habitat offers lots of hiking trails, opportunities for seeing birds and other wildlife, and camp sessions for kids.
  • Fish. Many folks go fishing in the Seekonk Reservoir on Route 152 when the weather is right.
  • Farms. There are still a few farms in Seekonk. Belwing Turkey Farm on Route 44 provides many families with turkeys on Thanksgiving. Four Town Farm [20] provides many local restaurants with produce, in addition to offering tours and picking sessions. Osamequin Farm [21] offers blueberry picking in the summer.
  • Seekonk High School,261 Arcade Ave, Seekonk, MA 02771, Phone: (508) 336-7272

Hours: Monday-Friday 2:30 – 4:00 pm, [22]. What is there to do at a high school? Well in the back the school allows anyone access to their tennis courts, a basketball court, track, football field, and a baseball field. This can be a great place to play a sport with friends or walk around the track. On the weekdays the Seekonk High School pool is open to the public to either swim some laps or enjoy the open pool area with family.

  • Seekonk Library,410 Newman Ave,Phone: (508) 336 8230,[23],

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4pm. The Seekonk library is a great place to stop by and explore, many events are held there that can be found on their website. The library has recently purchased a 3-D printer and can be used by the public. The library also has movie rentals that are kept up to date. Next to the library is the Seekonk Meadows Park, this was recently built and contains a small walking path with a lot of open area to explore. There is a gazebo to rest in along with benches scattered throughout the open area of the park.

  • Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School, 650 Newman Avenue, Phone: 508-761-7570. Behind the middle school are multiple baseball and softball fields that create a large grassy area for flying a kite or playing around. Next to the middle school is a small farm, the farm as many animals that can be feed or pet through the fence. In the actual farm they sell all different types of plants and farm products. In the fall they sell pumpkins of all different shapes and sizes at reasonable prices.


Buy[edit][add listing]

Route 6. Wikipedia calls it a "business route" [24]. Some might call it a mile-long mall. Tons of big-name and smaller-name shopping destinations, restaurants, and other businesses dot the Seekonk section of this national road, which, after running parallel to I-195 here, continues all the way out to Provincetown and California.

  • CHAINS. Wal-Mart, Target, Sam's Club, Best Buy, Kohl's... the list goes on and on. More here: [25].

Antiques. Lots of antiques stores to be found.

  • Leonard's Direct, 600 Taunton Avenue, (888) 336-8585, [26]. New England wide, Seekonk based.
  • Vinny's Antique Center, 380 Fall River Avenue (508) 336-0800, [27]. "The most exciting antique center in Southern New England". My goodness.

Health Food.

  • The Good Seed, 138 Central Avenue, (508) 399-7333 [28].
  • Tree of Life, 1460 Fall River Ave # 6, (508) 336-4242 [29].

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Country Kitchen, 469 Taunton Avenue, (508) 336-9807 [30]. To get a taste of old Seekonk, have breakfast at this humble red house across from the Y on Route 44. Filled with sports memorabilia and old-school kitsch, this family-run joint serves basic, filling diner fare with a lot of heart (and coffee milk! [31]). And to be honest, you won't find many "diners" around here that do poached eggs or crab omelets. Open (6am on weekdays, 8am on weekends) for breakfast and lunch, as well as Friday night fish & chips. Locally famous for their sky-high Thanksgiving pies.
  • Eats, 1395 Fall River Avenue, (508) 336-4384. Another old school diner open for breakfast and lunch. It's all decent, but the N.Y. System hot dogs are a highlight for many.
  • Micheletti's, 1053 Newman Avenue, (508) 761-6370. One more worthwhile diner, this time in North Seekonk. Known for their homemade ice cream.
  • The Old Grist Mill Tavern, 390 Fall River Avenue, (508) 336-8460 [32]. Emphasis on steaks, seafood, and salad bar in a very old, picturesque mill.
  • Boneyard BBQ & Saloon, 540 Central Avenue. (508) 761-6855 [33].
  • Chains! Panera, Starbucks, Ninety Nine, Outback Steakhouse, Old Country Buffet, Taco Bell, Subway, T.G.I. Friday's, Five Guys, Bucca di Beppo, and countless others all have locations on Route 6 (Fall River Ave) and other places in Seekonk. Google 'em if you're that desperate.
  • The Old Grist Mill Tavern,390 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA, Phone: (508) 336-8460, Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:30am – 10:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, [34]. The Grist Mill in the past year has been under construction due to a tragic fire that destroyed most of the building; it is currently being rebuilt and will reopen in the near future. The restaurant is built over a small waterfall and has an old style restaurant theme. The old fashioned décor and antiques were found all over the restaurant, hopefully when reopened that theme will be kept.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • 1149 East, 965 Fall River Ave, (508) 336-1149, [35]. Second location of an East Greenwich, RI trendsetter. Very colorful drinks, frequent live music, and a raw bar. The food here is also quite good, but the drinks are the real attraction.
  • Chardonnay's, 393 Taunton Avenue, (508) 336-0967, [36]. Another East Greenwich second location priding itself on its bar scene. Sensing a trend?
  • Luxury Box, 350 Fall River Avenue, (508) 336-6634, [37]. Sports bar.
  • Dublin Rose,940 Fall River Avenue in Seekonk, MA, Phone: 508-336-9222, Opens at 11 am every day of the week and food stops being made at 10 pm. Sunday through Thursday and 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. The Dublin Rose is attached to the Clarion Inn Hotel right near interstate 195. It is the newest Pub in Seekonk. Dublin Rose has live bands with endless entertainment while watching a sports game on the multiple television screens. This Pub is a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy a night out. The appetizers are a hug hit which come with enough food to be called a full meal. They seem to be getting known for their lobster mac and cheese at a reasonable price range it is a great place to stop and enjoy the experience. [38]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Jacob Hill Inn, 120 Jacob Street, (508) 336-9165, [39]. A luxurious, historic bed and breakfast which recently received a national recognition as one of the three best inns in America [40].
  • Johnson & Wales Inn, 213 Taunton Avenue, +1 508-336-8700. Phone: 1-800-232-1772.
  • Motel 6 Providence - Seekonk, 821 Fall River Av., +1 508 336-7800, Fax: +1 508 336-0977, [41].
  • Ramada Seekonk, Providence Area, 940 Fall River Ave, +1 508 336-7300, [42]. checkin: 3:00 PM; checkout: 11:00 AM.  edit
  • Shangri-La Motel, 1495 Fall River Av., +1 508-336-8540.

Get out[edit]

  • Ichigo Ichie, [43], 5 Catamore Blvd, East Providence, RI 02914, Phone: 401-435-5511, Monday -Thursday: 11 am to 230 pm; 430 pm to 930 pm, Friday: 11 am to 230 pm ; 430 pm to 1030 pm Saturday: 1 pm to 1030 pm, Sunday: 1 pm to 930 pm. Right around the corner from Lucky's Bar and Grille, this restaurant is very different than the others. It is focused on Japanese culture with Japanese style foods. If never experience the style of a Hibachi dinner then this is a must. Very different approach then a regular dinner, they cook the food in front of you and involve the whole table in the process.
  • Lucky's Bar and Grille, 1175 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI 02914, Phone: 401-430-6500. Open Daily noon to 1:00 am .On the boarder of East Providence and Seekonk this Bar/Restaurant is a great place to bring your friends and hang out. The walls are full of televisions that broadcast every sports game live. The bar is always up beat with music and the constant cheer of some game. There’s live music every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9:30 pm. Also the food has become known to be delicious with large portions. Menu can be found online at [luckysri.com]
Routes through Seekonk
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