Friendly’s Review

The Friendly’s in Holden is a great place to bring your family. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and they are famous for their ice cream. I have to say, their food and ice cream are the most delicious particles I have ever inhaled. The restaurant was nothing extravagant just a little place where families could relax together.

I walked into Friendly’s and I noticed it had very nice set up. With the red seats, bright yellow walls, soft green carpets, it gave me good vibes. It was sanitary, it could be cleaner, but it was bearable. I saw some left over food on the ground from the previous customers. But, I saw the staff trying to clean it all up which was greatly appreciated. It was crowded but there were no disturbances. Everyone minded their own business, deep in conversation. The waitress led us to our tables. While I was walking I could hear sizzling of the cooking foods from the kitchen. I could smell the different aromas of foods like the french fries in the air making me even more hungry.

I looked over the menu and they had a great selection. I saw foods for meat lovers like big juicy burgers and foods for vegetarians like salads and fish. They had all types of appetizers from mozerella sticks to calamari. The desert menu was to die for. They had all type of ice cream, frozen yogurt, cakes, brownies. They had so many toppings too, sprinkles, sauces, and candy. There drink selection was also very big. They have sodas, juice, milkshakes, anything to satisfy your thirsty needs. First,  I ordered a sprite and chicken tenders. My friend ordered a grilled cheese and a coke. The service was very fast. It only took around 10 minutes for our food to come out.  I took one bite into the delicious chicken and instantly fell in love. The chicken had a crispy golden brown outer coating and nice tender chicken in the middle. The french fries were amazing as well. They had a crunchy skin and a nice potato like substance in the middle. And the food was perfect because it was not too hot or cold. It had the perfect temperature.

The staff was some of the nicest people I have ever met. During the wait for our food the waitress and I had nice conversations. I learned all about her daughter and how she does gymnastics and I told her about the sports I do too. I have to say The waitress and I even had a conversation at one point. The manager also came to check in on us during our meal asking if we needed anything and how our food was.

After we finished our meals we stacked our plates and cups to the side of the table so the waitress could get the message that we were done with our food. She came quickly and gave us a minute to look over the dessert menu. I ended up getting cookies and cream ice cream with chocolate sprinkles and whipped cream. It only took her about a minute to make. She set it up nicely in an ice cream dish putting just the right amount of whipped cream and sprinkles in it.

Finally we were all finished eating, and she gave us the check. It was only about 25 dollars. I found this to be very cheap for all they had done for us. My chicken was only about $6, my drink was about $1, and my ice cream was $4. The rest of the amount came from my friends meal.

Friendlys went through a rough year last year. They went bankrupt and several closed. They are too good of a restaurant to be closed down. I really enjoyed myself when I went and I believe everyone else would too. They have a great business. It is not the type of restaurant that is only good for a particular age group. It is good for children, adults, and elders. So overall, I would give Friendlys a solid A+. Honestly, I cannot complain about it. Everything was great from the service to the food. They made me feel really comfortable there. It is my favorite place to eat and I think I will always love it, even when I am really old and saggy. If there is a Friendly’s near you, you should stop by and pay them a visit because it could be a great memory for you and your family.

 

Water Country

There is nothing more refreshing than being at a waterpark on a hot summer day.  In Portsmouth, New Hampshire there is a water park called Water Country.  The park opened in 1984 by the Samuels family until Festival Fun Parks bought out the family in 2000.   Palace Entertainment now owns the water park which contains many slides, waves, rivers, and swimming pools for all ages.

The newest ride to the park is Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror.  It will open this season.  In a two person tube, you will sit face to face and take a 40 foot plunge through a twisting totally dark tunnel.  During the ride you will experience a tornado funnel that will make your head spin.  It is the first ride like this in New England.   Another thrilling experience is the Double Geronimo which is a body slide.  You fly down a 58 foot slide that is nearly vertical.

A gentler experience could include the Giant Wave Pool.  It is New England’s largest wave pool containing 700,000 gallons of water.   The adventure river allows you to float for ¼ of a mile through waterfalls, fountains and caves.  In addition, there is an Activity Pool where

for the whole family can relax for open swim.

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The schedule for Water Country begins in early June and ends on Labor Day.  The park opens at 10:30 am and closes at either 5:00 pm or 6:30 pm depending on the day.  Check weather as the park may alter its hours.  It is usually open if raining but severe weather may close the park.  The single day tickets prices are $37.99 for 48” and taller, $25.99 under 48”, $25.99 for 65 and older.  Children under 2 years are free.  Season passes are available for $65.99.  The contact information is www.watercountry.com on the web or call 1-603-427-1111.

White Water Rafting

An exciting day trip for the summer is white water rafting at U. S. Rafting Maine.  It offers   locations on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. The experience includes rafting down Class III and IV rapids with all necessary equipment and an experienced guide.  There is transportation between the river and base camp.  A full lunch at the base camp is prepared for you, which includes barbecue chicken, baked beans, pasta salad and watermelon.  Finally you will receive a video viewing of your experience.

The Kennebec River is the most rafted river in Maine.  The Upper Gorge is a huge adrenaline rush mixing fun with fear. The Kennebec River requires no previous experience and is perfect for a family adventure.  You must be at least 10 years of age to attend.  The Dead River offers 16 miles of continuous whitewater and many surf holes and famous for the “High Water” releases.  The Dead River requires no experience, but is challenging.  You must be at least 14 years of age to attend.

The check-in is at 9:30 a.m. and trips return to the base camp at 4 p.m. This is a full-day adventure which includes all necessary equipment including a paddle, life jacket and helmet, a licensed guide.  The guides are knowledgeable and make the experience awesome.  You will be on the water for 3 to 4 hours of the day in a raft that fits up to 10 people.

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The schedule for white water rafting begins in May and concludes in early October.  The cost for the trip starts at $129 per person.  The excursion will take place despite rain since they figure you are going to get wet anyway.  For more specific information, visit the website as schedules and pricing differ depending on which river you choose to raft.  For more information, you can visit http://www.usraftingmaine.com on the web or call 1-207-323-3052.

Canobie Lake Park

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Imagine riding on a carousel over 100 years old or a wooden roller coaster built in 1930’s.  You can do both and a whole lot more at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire. Canobie Lake Park opened in August of 1902, as a trolley park for the Massachusetts Northeast Street Railway Company.  In the early years, it was visited for its flower gardens, promenades and simple attractions.  From 1930’s through 1950’s, Canobie Lake Park opened the Dancehall Theater which became a famous location of entertainment which hosted many famous celebrities.  Today, the park features over 50 rides including thrill rides, water rides, family rides and kiddie.

The classic rides found at the park are the wooden roller coaster and carousel.  The Yankee Cannonball, a 1930s-era wooden roller coaster, is one of the park’s best known rides.  The Antique Carousel dates back to 1905.  It is equipped with stationary and moving animals as well as benches to ride on.  Additionally, the park features over 50 rides including thrill rides, water rides, family rides and kiddie rides.  That is not all, there is a variety of foods, prize games, three arcades, live entertainment, and fireworks.

One of the more recent rides that was added in 2011 is Untamed. It is a roller coaster that features a 72-foot vertical lift which then drops at a 97 degree angle. Untamed also takes riders through three inversions, a vertical loop, and a zero gravity roll. This year the park will open its newest ride called Equinox.  It has three spinning arms similar to a giant fan that can go 75 miles per hour around.

The schedule for Canobie begins in May and ends in October.  The times vary so you can check the website for details.  The general admission prices are $35 for adults, $26 for under 48″, $26 for 60 years old and over, $26 after 5 pm admission. Children under 3 years are free.  Make sure you check the website for specials and coupons for discount admission.  The contact information is www.canobie.com on the web or call 1-603-893-3506.

Whale Watches

Have you ever been on a whale watch?   Maine offers one of the greatest places in the world for this amazing experience.   Many species of whales can be viewed on the coast of Maine including Humpback, Finback, and Minke whales.  They migrate to feeding grounds to feast on mackerel, herring, krill and other fish. It is unbelievable to witness the world’s largest creatures feeding or playing right in front of you.  If you are fortunate, you may view the dramatic Humpback whales jumping right in front of the boat. 

In Boothbay Harbor, Maine you can experience this fantastic excursion at Boothbay Whale Watch on the Harbor Princess boat.  This outing will take about 4 hours.  The Harbor Princess is a 100 feet long and 24 feet wide that will accommodate 149 passengers.  The boat allows great viewing from all sides.  You even have a choice of being out in the fresh air or in the heated cabin. Your tour begins with a scenic tour of Boothbay Harbor.  The naturalist on board will identify the sights along your journey out to sea.

The whales that have been seen are the Finback, Humpback, and Minke whales.   The Finback is a long, thin whale with a sickle dorsal fin that can be up to 80 feet long.  It rarely shows its tail before diving.  The Humpback is stocky with a rounded dorsal fin that can be up to 50 feet long.  Before a deep dive, it will show its tail.  The Minke is a small, thin whale with a hooked dorsal fin that can be 30 feet long. It rarely shows its tail before diving.  In addition, you can view other ocean creatures like dolphins, porpoises, sunfish, basking shark, harbor seals and different birds.

The schedule for whale watching begins in late May and concludes in early October.  The cost for the trip is $48 for adults, $32 for juniors (ages 11-16), $25 for children (ages 6-10) and free for children under 5 years.  If the whales decide not to make an appearance, then you will receive a voucher for another trip which does not expire.  For more information, you can visit http://www.whaleme.com on the web or call 1-888-WHALEME.

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If you are interested in seeing whales and other ocean animals in their natural habitat, then a whale watch is for you.  Remember to bring warm clothing as it can be a little cooler out on the water.  Don’t forget a camera as well. 

The Castle on Christmas

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I took this picture when my family went to Disney World for Christmas this year. Cinderella’s Castle looked so beautiful covered in lights and everyone was in a good mood since it was Christmas. It was the best vacation I’ve ever been on.

Brothers and Friendly’s: Not My Favorite

Friendly’sAll I could think as we waited for 45 minutes was gosh, I hate my brother and I hate Friendly’s. Sure, it was my brother’s birthday, but my whole family, besides him, agrees that the dinner at Friendly’s was horrible. … Continue reading