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2011 Readers' Choice Winners

Beach: Hampton Beach, Hampton, New Hampshire;
tied with Ogunquit Beach, Ogunquit, Maine;

Reader comment: “Hampton Beach is making a comeback.”
Reader comment: “Ogunquit is very clean and well-maintained.”

Bike Trail: Cape Cod Rail Trail, Dennis to Wellfleet, Massachusetts;

Reader comment: “This ride is great for all ages.”

Lake: Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire;,,

Reader comment: “There are many lakes and ponds I love in New England, but Lake Winnipesaukee is by far the biggest lake attraction in New Hampshire if not in New England.”

Honorable mention: Lake Champlain, Vermont
Reader comment: “Spectacular scenery, lots to do, islands and ferry rides, Early American history. And, it’s all in one spot!”

Park: Acadia National Park, Maine;

Reader comment: “Acadia has scenery seen nowhere else.”

Ski Resort: Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe, Vermont;
Reader comment: “Stowe is the quintessential New England village, with incredible views, great restaurants, and wonderful spots for snowshoeing and cross-country and downhill skiing.”

Cultural Attractions

Art Museum: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts;

Reader comment: “Don’t miss the new Americas wing at the MFA, and get those earphones to learn all about the art!”

Children’s Museum: Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, Massachusetts;
Reader comment: “I haven’t been there for awhile, but my kids loved it. They’re nearly 40 and still talk about it.”

History Museum: Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts,

Reader comment: “The living-history exhibits are educational and fun. And it’s great to board the Mayflower II to see the type of ship the Pilgrims sailed on.”

Science Museum: Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts;

Reader comment: “Cool and hands-on!”

Historical Attraction: Freedom Trail, Boston, Massachusetts;

Reader comment: “The Freedom Trail: where it all became real.”

Music: Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts;

Reader comment: “Tanglewood offers a cultural and romantic summer experience.”


Clam Chowder: Legal Sea Foods, various locations;

Reader comment: “Legal Seafood has the best chowders.”

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