Like it or not, summer is coming to a close, and if you're looking for that one last big hurrah before the kids go back to school, you might as well have it be at a nationally-acclaimed, family-friendly spot just a short road trip away.

Take the weekend off and take a trip up to Maine, now home to one of the best beach boardwalks in America. Reader's Digest recently released their list of the top boardwalks across the country, and while many in California, New Jersey and Florida made the list, Maine's Old Orchard Beach came in clutch to represent New England, named as "a top choice for families."

"There’s the long boardwalk pier that picturesquely extends over the Atlantic and is filled with great boutiques, cafés, and treats," Reader's Digest wrote. "Back on the sand is New England’s only remaining beachside amusement park, Palace Playland, where you can ride a classic Ferris wheel, a carousel, or two speeding roller coasters, all within a few feet of the beach."

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The stunning sandy beaches and beautiful ocean views certainly add to the allure of an Old Orchard Beach vacation, and Reader's Digest commended the area's small-town charm, yummy lobster rolls and classic amusement rides. Start planning your weekend away, but first, get a glimpse into all of the family fun and adventures you can expect for that next trip to the boardwalk.

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Did your favorite make the list? Anywhere new you plan to check out?

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