Tips for Planning a Boston-Area Camping Trip

At first, the concepts of camping or RVing to visit a big city like Boston don’t seem like concepts that go hand-in-hand, but Boston and the surrounding areas are actually great for camping and RV road trips.

First and foremost, you can rent an RV in Boston from Outdoorsy, or you can rent it from your local area and then drive to Boston.

Either way, there are terrific campgrounds, great history, and both natural and big city attractions that you’re likely to find alluring.

The following are some tips and considerations to keep in mind if you’re going to be RVing to the Boston area in 2018.

Campgrounds and Public Transportation

A lot of travelers are apprehensive about planning RV trips near bigger cities, because of logistical concerns. You’re not likely going to drive the RV in the middle of a crowded urban area, but how do you get around?

Near Boston there are several campgrounds that alleviate this concern for visitors.

Three campgrounds have RV parking near the commuter rail service to Boston, and these include Winter Island Marine Park in Salem, Ellis Haven Family Camping and Picnic Grounds in Plymouth, and Boston Minuteman Campground in Littleton.

Winter Park is the one of these three that is nearest to Boston, and it’s also close to the sites and history of Salem, as well as the water.

State Parks

While Boston itself is an urban area, if you’re a nature lover, you can get the best of all worlds here.

There are quite a few state parks near Boston, most of which allow for camping from May through October, as well as offering RV hookups.

One option is the Boston Harbor Islands State Park, which provides the opportunity to rent a boat or take a ferry to the four islands.

There’s also Camp Nihan Environmental Education Camp, which is near to the historic sites of Boston, and Wompatuck State Park, which features RV hookups, as well as swimming in the ocean at Nantasket Beach and mountain biking trails.

What To Do in the City?

There is a lot to do not just outside of Boston, but also inside the city itself.

One of the most popular attractions in the city is the Freedom Trail, which features a  2½-mile walk through the historic areas of the city.

There’s also the Charles River where visitors can walk along the riverfront, and during the warmer months, there are frequent shows and concerts, sailing, and opportunities to play sports.

Of course, Boston is also a city known for its general sports and love of baseball, so if the season is right, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to take in a Red Sox game at Fenway.

There’s a lot to love about Boston. It’s surrounded by some of the country’s most idyllic natural beauty, it’s one of the richest historical cities in the U.S., and it also has a big city, cosmopolitan appeal, making it the perfect place for your next RV trip.

Krissy Georgiadis

Written by Krissy Georgiadis

Law graduate and wanderlust sufferer. I like rum and beaches.