family camping bostonOne of the best things about living in New England is having amazing access to all types of camping. Prefer a cabin or glamping? Want to set up your campsite near your car? There’s a campground for that! Here are 12 of our favorite Boston-area campgrounds to try with your family!

1. Maple Park Campground

290 Glen Charlie Road, East Wareham

Maple Park is a family-friendly campground with lots of activities. During their peak season they have weekly themes, from country music week to Christmas week! They recently added a pickle ball court to their outdoor sports area and have a swimming pond that’ll keep you cool on hot days. You can choose from a cabin, RV, or tent site — and for extra convenience, rent a golf cart to get around!

2. Normandy Farms

72 West Street, Foxboro

Not only does this campground have a barn on site with goats and horses, it has a wellness center where you can enjoy a massage! This campground offers different types of camping for your level of comfort, including yurts and safari-style tents.

3. Pinewood Lodge

190 Pinewood Road, Plymouth

Located in America’s hometown, this campground has a lake and island where you can  enjoy fishing, swimming, or boating. Choose from a variety of lodging options, including a traditional cabin (lakefront views available), tent site, or tiny house! The grounds feature bocce ball, horseshoes, and volleyball.

4. Spacious Skies Minute Man 

246 Ayer Road, Littleton

Spacious Skies campgrounds are located all along the East Coast — they even feature a loyalty program for frequent campers! The Minute Man campground has lots to offer in the way of lodging — cabins, tent sites, and full hookups for RVs and trailers — and the grounds include volleyball courts, corn hole, pool, gem mining, and a dog park. They’re also building a rec room with games like ping pong and air hockey!

5. Mt. Greylock Campsite Park

15 Scott Road, Lanesborough

Camp at the foot of the highest peak in Massachusetts! This campground offers a variety of tent sites, plus lots of activities for families, like a large playground and an activity center with ping pong and foosball. They also feature live music on the weekends during the summer and fall months!

6. Harold Parker State Forest

305 Middleton Road, North Andover

Located just 20 miles north of Boston, this campground is a local gem! It has 91 campsites, 3,000 acres of forest, 11 ponds, and abundant opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, and picnicking.

7. Myles Standish State Forest

194 Cranberry Road, Carver

Nearly 400 campsites — including group campsites and a few yurts! — are tucked into this state forest and around the park’s many ponds. This spot is ideal for hiking, equestrian, and bicycle trails, plus fishing and swimming. There are 58 kettle ponds in this forest, plus the third-largest pine barrens in the world. Myles Standish is located near historic Plymouth for those who want to take a field trip and explore the home of Plymouth rock.

Looking to adventure beyond the state line? Try a campground in New Hampshire and beyond — it’s a short road trip, and you’ll find camping with extra fun amenities, like water parks!

8. Moose Hillcock

96 Batchelder Brook Road, Warren, NH

A couple of hours north of Boston, this campsite has plenty of entertainment for adults and kids. Their “Blue Lagoon” swimming pool has cabanas available to rent, plus an arcade and swim-in movie theater with a pirate ship in the pool.

9. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort

83 Glen Ellis Campground Road, Glen, NH

Jellystone Park has 75 locations across the country, including one in Massachusetts, two in New Hampshire, and two in Maine. The Glen, NH, campground is located in the White Mountains near North Conway and the Saco River. Daily and weekly themes and activities are planned on site, and you are a short drive from local attractions like Storyland and Santa’s Village. Don’t feel like you have to leave the campground, though — there are plenty of things to do right there, including a mini-golf course and water park. 

10. Pawtuckaway State Park

128 Mountain Road, Nottingham, NH

This beautiful New Hampshire state park campground lines the shore of Pawtuckaway Lake. The 192 campsites are wooded, and many provide views of the lake — you’ll want to check out the canoe and kayak rentals while you’re there. The family beach is a popular spot during the summer months (day-use passes are available). Hiking trails at Pawtuckaway offer some unique destinations, like a mountaintop fire tower and a marsh for sightings of beavers, deer, and great blue herons. This campground also has five cabins available to reserve — each sleeps six people and has electricity.

11. Lost River Campground

951 Lost River Road, North Woodstock, NH

Want to sleep under the stars next to a bubbling brook? Try a cabin or tent site at Lost River! This campground has paddle boats and kayaks for rent, plus a swimming beach, playground, sports court, arcade, volleyball, tennis, badminton, horseshoes, and trout fishing in two mountain streams. This spot is close to Clarke’s Trading Post and Loon

12. KOA

Locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, and beyond!

KOA campgrounds are located all over New England (and the country)! Depending on the location you choose, there could be anything from a pool, playground, fishing, mini-golf, mining, or a jumping pillow. 

This post was originally published in 2023 and has been updated for 2024.


 

Courtney Medlin
Courtney was raised a Navy brat, growing up in Washington, South Carolina, and Virginia before her family put their roots down in Florida. She studied at Loyola University New Orleans earning her degree in communications PR with a minor in English, and she earned her master's in marketing from SNHU. She moved to the Boston area in 2008, where she met and married her partner-in-crime, John. Mother of Jackson, 5, and stepmom to two 16-year-olds (boy and girl) and dog mom to Riley. Courtney is raising her family with a love of the outdoors, scary movies, and lots of laughs. Courtney works corporate communications/marketing/pr and lives on the South Shore. She has a passion for cooking and traveling. She volunteers her time as a Gold Award advisor for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and serves on the planning gala committee for South Shore Health. She loves days that start with a latte and end with champagne.

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