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Ranked #1 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Ski/ Snowboard Areas; Tours
Owner description: BECT has 25 Zip Lines on 3 different Tours.BECT has 4.14 miles of Zip Lines that are constructed with a Passive Gravity... more » Owner description: BECT has 25 Zip Lines on 3 different Tours.BECT has 4.14 miles of Zip Lines that are constructed with a Passive Gravity Braking system. Each Tours has Dual Racing Zip Lines which allows two rider to Zip at the same time.The Valley Jumping Tour has two of the Longest Zip Lines in North America- X1 is 2300' -- X2 is 2600' in length and a height of 187' above the valley floor. The BECT Guides are friendly, informative and trained/certified by the leading Zip Line Design and Building company in the nation, Experience Based Learning. « less
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Ranked #2 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Sports Complexes; Tours
Owner description: Since 1989, Zoar Outdoor has offered the best in New England white water rafting trips, zip line canopy tours, kayaking... more » Owner description: Since 1989, Zoar Outdoor has offered the best in New England white water rafting trips, zip line canopy tours, kayaking clinics, canoeing instruction, rock climbing classes and bike rentals for adventurers of all abilities, from beginners to experts. Based out of our convenient location in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, Zoar Outdoor river trips, canopy tours and instructional clinics are only 2 hours from Boston and New Haven and just 3 hours from Providence and New York City. « less
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Ranked #3 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Founded in 1969, this museum has the world's largest and most significant collection of Rockwell drawings and paintings.
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The Clark Art Institute (Williamstown)
Ranked #4 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Clark Art Institute is best known for its French Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro,... more » Owner description: The Clark Art Institute is best known for its French Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and especially Pierre-Auguste Renoir, with more than thirty paintings by the artist. The collection is also rich in American paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, George Inness, Frederic Remington, and Mary Cassatt; Italian and Northern Renaissance masterpieces; portraits and landscapes by European masters; and an extraordinary collection of silver, porcelain, and furniture. An active program of special exhibitions brings great works of art from around the world to the museum. Designed by renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, the recently opened Clark Center is the centerpiece of the Clark's campus. The center includes special exhibition galleries as well as retail and dining spaces. It overlooks a dramatic three-tiered reflecting pool, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces and creating a stunning visual connection to the woodland surroundings and other buildings located on the campus. This sweeping new landscape design transforms the Clark's 140-acre campus and underscores new sustainability initiatives. In 1950 the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute was founded as a permanent home for the private art collection of Sterling and Francine Clark. In 1955 Sterling-who was an avid horseman with strong family ties to Williamstown and Cooperstown, New York-and his wife Francine presided at the official opening of the museum, sharing their magnificent yet little-known collection with the world for the first time. Since the founding, the museum has gained international stature for the quality of its collection, innovative special exhibitions, and Research and Academic Program. « less
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MASS MoCA (North Adams)
Ranked #5 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: Housed on a restored 19th century factory campus, MASS MoCA is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts... more » Owner description: Housed on a restored 19th century factory campus, MASS MoCA is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the country. Open year round with full schedule of live events, changing exhibitions and Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Retrospective. « less
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Ranked #6 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Farms
Owner description: Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum whose mission is to bring the Shaker story to life and preserve it for... more » Owner description: Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum whose mission is to bring the Shaker story to life and preserve it for future generations. Called the "City of Peace" by the Shakers who lived here for 179 years until 1960, this community was the third of 19 major Shaker Villages located in New York, New England, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. There are 18 original historic buildings on this site. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to making the Village a center for reflection on living the principled life. The values that the Shakers embraced -- equality, pacifism, community, sustainability, responsible land stewardship, innovation, simplicity and quality in work -- resonate with us today. In addition to viewing the architecture, we have so many things to see including the farm and gardens, the animals, costumed interpreters, demonstrations of handicrafts like weaving, spinning, and blacksmithing, hiking and walking trails, the Discovery Room where kids can do hands-on activities, photo and art exhibitions, a cafe and picnic area. We have modern amenities and the village is handicapped accessible. « less
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The Mount (Lenox)
Ranked #7 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian... more » Owner description: The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. The Mount engages a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton's life and achievements through educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens. Each year, The Mount is host to over 40,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton's life and work. « less
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Monument Mountain (Great Barrington)
Ranked #8 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Ascend this popular peak, which once drew 19th-century literary giants, and from its summit gaze across the spectacular... more » Owner description: Ascend this popular peak, which once drew 19th-century literary giants, and from its summit gaze across the spectacular landscapes of the Housatonic River Valley. « less
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Ranked #9 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Jogging Paths/ Tracks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Cross-country Ski Areas; Biking Trails; Hiking Trails; Trails

This rail trail begins in Adams at the Berkshire Visitors center. After meandering through town, you head into a lovely wooded area which runs along the Hoosic river. The walk... more »

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Ranked #10 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; State Parks; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Acquired by the Commonwealth in 1898, the first state park in Massachusetts also contains the states highest peak at 3,419... more » Owner description: Acquired by the Commonwealth in 1898, the first state park in Massachusetts also contains the states highest peak at 3,419 feet. « less
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Ranked #11 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Museums
Owner description: An authentic Colonial home in the Berkshires, the 1750s residence of the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell. Listed on the National... more » Owner description: An authentic Colonial home in the Berkshires, the 1750s residence of the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 18th and 19th century furnishings, keeping room, parlors, bed chambers, 192 acres of fields and forest, heritage vegetable garden, flower gardens and stone walls, early farm and garden tools exhibit, hiking trails and picnic sites.Hours 11 am to 4 pm, with tours on the hour, Thursday through Monday. Open Memorial Day to Columbus Day. « less
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Ranked #12 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks

The summit is extremly beutiful ,and its fun to climb over the rocks, and then see the town ,so tiny!!!! more »

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Ranked #13 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
This 1,500-acre sanctuary, along the slopes of Lenox Mountain, features several miles of hiking and biking trails.
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Ranked #14 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Naumkeag (Stockbridge)
Ranked #15 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire... more » Owner description: Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire Cottage. « less
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Williams College (Williamstown)
Ranked #16 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #17 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Educational Sites; Gardens
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Chesterwood Museum (Stockbridge)
Ranked #18 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Summer retreat home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Minuteman Statue and the Lincoln Memorial.
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Ranked #19 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications... more » Owner description: WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and projects. At the heart of the Williams College campus the museum draws on the collaborative and multidisciplinary ethos of the surrounding college to enliven the more than 14,000 works in its growing collection. The museum and its collection is a catalyst for student learning and community engagement. Situated in the rich cultural landscape of the Berkshires, WCMA is free and open to all. « less
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Ranked #20 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #21 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: The epicenter of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." The events that took place on Thanksgiving 1965 became a song, the song... more » Owner description: The epicenter of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." The events that took place on Thanksgiving 1965 became a song, the song became a record, the record a movie. The movie was filmed in 1968 where the actual events took place on location at The Old Trinity Church, which became The Guthrie Center founded by Arlo Guthrie, and named for his parents, Woody & Marjorie Guthrie in 1991. The Center continues the Guthrie Family philosophy of a place for interfaith worship, cultural exchange especially with music and art, and of course a place to eat (during seasonal performances). 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" and the old church will celebrate in style with services and performances that will put a smile on your face and nourish your heart. « less
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Ranked #22 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Forests; State Parks; Nature and Parks
Owner description: More than 6,000 scenic acres offer outdoor enthusiasts lodging in 62 campsites and overnight log cabins, plus a variety of... more » Owner description: More than 6,000 scenic acres offer outdoor enthusiasts lodging in 62 campsites and overnight log cabins, plus a variety of activities including trout-fishing, hiking and picnicking. « less
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Ranked #23 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: With its rough-hewn oak beams, colonial chandeliers, many-paned windows and wide oak floorboards, the interior resembles the... more » Owner description: With its rough-hewn oak beams, colonial chandeliers, many-paned windows and wide oak floorboards, the interior resembles the Old Ship Church in Hingham, Mass. In this appropriate setting, you will find a scale model (made by Dard Hunter) of the vat house of the first Crane mill, as well as some of the tools Zenas Crane used from 1801 to 1831. In wall and floor cases, exhibits trace the history of American papermaking from Revolutionary times, with special emphasis on the durable, distinctive Crane papers made for currency, bonds, stock certificates and elegant stationery. « less
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Ranked #24 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Libraries; Traveler Resources
This 1815 library is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ranked #25 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #26 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
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Ranked #27 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #28 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield)
Ranked #29 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Museums; Art Museums; History Museums; Science Museums; Aquariums
Owner description: Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs... more » Owner description: Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines. In association with the Smithsonian since 2013, Berkshire Museum is part of a select group of museums, cultural, educational, and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian's resources with the nation. Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 39 South St., the Berkshire Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child; Museum members and children age 3 and under enjoy free admission. « less
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Ranked #30 of 93 attractions in Berkshires
Category: Resort Communities; Ski/ Snowboard Areas
Owner description: Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the premier four season resort in Berkshire County, MA. A resort where ease of the guest... more » Owner description: Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the premier four season resort in Berkshire County, MA. A resort where ease of the guest experience is paramount, Jiminy Peak has a thoughtfully designed village center with all of its amenities conveniently located on the way to the lifts and a trail system where all trails funnel back to the base area. In addition, three lodges, two restaurants on property, and separate facilities for both its children’s and first-timer programs (each complete with their own rental shops) help guests make the most of their experience. In the winter, Jiminy Peak offers skiing and snowboarding on 45 trails accessed by 9 lifts, with 96% snowmaking coverage. With 21 lit trails, Jiminy Peak offers night skiing and snowboarding until 10pm. Jiminy Peak offers 4 and 8 hour passes that begin at the time of purchase in order to accommodate skiers arriving throughout the day.Summertime means Mountain Adventure at Jiminy Peak. Climb through the levels of Jiminy’s Aerial Adventure Park, a harnessed, self-guided experience that brings participants up into the canopy for an exhilarating physical and mental challenge as they navigate elements such as ziplines, tight ropes, suspended bridges and many others. Or for a completely different set of thrills, head to Mountain Adventure Park to weave through trees on the Alpine Slide, traverse the mountainside on the Mountain Coaster, reach for the sky on the Giant Swing or experience one of the many other attractions featured in the park. Also offered in the summer are hiking, lift-access downhill mountain biking, great dining options and retail locations.During the spring summer and fall months Jiminy Peak becomes a full conference resort using its multitude of spaces to host weddings, business conferences and corporate outings of all sizes, and has an on-site staff of experienced conference sales managers to help plan your perfect event. « less
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