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Old 07-25-2016, 06:04 PM   #1
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We will be in the Boston, MA area the week of Sept 25th and would like recommendations on a campground. We would like at least 30 amp electric & water. Also open to more amenities but not necessary. More interested in cleanliness, good repair and good location in relation to Boston.

We are treating this extended camping time as preparatory learning for going full time next year. Any suggestions are appreciated

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We will be in the Boston, MA area the week of Sept 25th and would like recommendations on a campground. We would like at least 30 amp electric & water. Also open to more amenities but not necessary. More interested in cleanliness, good repair and good location in relation to Boston.



We are treating this extended camping time as preparatory learning for going full time next year. Any suggestions are appreciated



Thanks.

Best bet in the Boston area in Normandy Farms. Close to Boston either by car or train. Patriot games are 9/22 and 10/2 so stay away those days (Normandy Farms is about 1 mile from Gillette stadium). If you head to Cape Cod Atlantic Oaks in Eastham is best bet, backs up to bike trail and 1 mile from National Seashore. If you can get in, Nickerson State Park is good. North to Maine is only a couple of hours, there are lots of CG's there.
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We will be in the Boston, MA area the week of Sept 25th and would like recommendations on a campground. We would like at least 30 amp electric & water. Also open to more amenities but not necessary. More interested in cleanliness, good repair and good location in relation to Boston.

We are treating this extended camping time as preparatory learning for going full time next year. Any suggestions are appreciated

Thanks.
I was off looking at free campsites and saw this, after remembering your post.... I'm in NH so I can't rate the site. just share the data...

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Best bet in the Boston area in Normandy Farms. Close to Boston either by car or train. Patriot games are 9/22 and 10/2 so stay away those days (Normandy Farms is about 1 mile from Gillette stadium). If you head to Cape Cod Atlantic Oaks in Eastham is best bet, backs up to bike trail and 1 mile from National Seashore. If you can get in, Nickerson State Park is good. North to Maine is only a couple of hours, there are lots of CG's there.
X+2, I've stayed there, big place, lots of extras. Reservations advised for sure.
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We stayed at Minuteman in Littleton, MA. Wonderful! Easy access to Boston.

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RevSM100..... The closest you'll get to Boston is about 35 miles. You're unclear as to whether you want just Boston, or the general Boston area, and how much road travel you plan to do.
In any event, RV spots close around the Boston area are spaced along the I-495 loop. Starting south of the city in Middleboro the Boston/Cape Cod KOA has a couple hundred mostly woodsy spots that are not crammed together. I've stayed there, and would go back again. Good management, well kept.
North on 495 to Foxboro is Normandy Farms. Not a campground; an RV resort. Very nice. A bit farther north in Bellingham is the Circle CG Farm Campground. A nice place with nice people, but a step or two down the "refinement" ladder from NF, if you catch my drift. And about half the price. We've stayed here as well, and would go back.
Farther up 495 in the town of Littleton is the Boston Minuteman Campground. Very woodsy, very nice folks-- 2nd generation, family has been running this place about 45 years. Very well recommended. We've stayed here too.

All these places are in the $70s except Circle CG, which is in the $40s.

All are convenient to a commuter rail station, and all about an hour or a touch more into Boston. Rail is your best bet. If you are familiar with driving in Boston and like paying $30/day to park, by all means drive.

When we go to a new city we always take some kind of tour.... best way to get a handle on a place. In Boston try a Duck Tour. The amphibious boats give you both a land and water based view of the city. There are also bus tours of the city, and numerous boat tours of the inner and outer harbor. Also, Boston is possibly the most walkable city in the country.

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OP, if you golf, within 5 min drive time from Minuteman is a course called Shaker Hills GC. I played the course while we were there. A new owner (who is also a golf enthusiast) went in and pumped money into the course. It was in fantastic shape when we were there in May of this year. They also have senior discounts on green fees😎.
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Add my vote for Normandy Farm.

Same here!!
We were there this month, nice place!
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Thank you everyone!

Thanks to everyone who replied. I had seen and was considering some of these same campgrounds through the Allstays app but it's nice to have confirmation from those who have experienced them directly. Also thanks for the Boston area/transportation information. This will be our first time in the area and we do hope to explore further than just Boston itself.
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Minuteman is by far, our choice, and we have stayed at all of the above (except Cabella's). If you are going to use the amenities at Normandy Farms, $421/week may be worth it, if not, Minuteman at $263/week is probably a better choice. It all depends on what you are looking for.
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Been to Normandy Farms several times and it does fill up easily. Reservations are a must if you can get them.
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Normandy is a beautiful place, we stayed for a couple weeks when we were there. If you're traveling with pets, as we were, they offer a dog walking service at whatever interval you choose. That allowed us to stay for the full day in Boston and not have to worry about our pet. They even sent an "all ok" text after each walk. Very classy place and we would definitely stay there again. Very interesting history on the farm listed in the office as well- look for it.


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Add my vote for Normandy. While it could be deemed an RV park, it is wooded and has the feel of a rustic campground.


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