Top 10 Campgrounds and RV Parks Boston Freedom Trail

For lovers of U.S. history, there is no better destination in the country than Boston, and a trip to “the walking city” starts with a walk along its famous Freedom Trail.

Boston is a fantastic destination for an RV vacation. It’s home to dozens upon dozens of the most significant sites in American history — so many that it can be hard to see them all. Boston’s Freedom Trail links up the most important of these historical locations along a walking path marked with red to guide tourists through the proudest points of American history.

Stops along the freedom trail include the Massachusetts State House, the Benjamin Franklin statue, King’s Chapel and Burying Ground, the Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere’s House, and more. It terminates at two locations that are sure to inspire awe by visitors with a love for American history: the Bunker Hill Monument, commemorating the first battle of the American Revolutionary War, and the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat, named by George Washington himself.

The trail is 2.5 miles in total and passes through 16 historic locations. While you and the family can easily do a self-guided walking tour, thanks to the clearly marked red trail, it’s better to go on a guided tour put on by the Freedom Trail Foundation if you want to get the most out of your visit. Apart from the traditional Freedom Trail tour, they also offer a tour that focuses on pirates, a tour that focuses on African-American patriots, a revolutionary women tour, and even a historic pub crawl.

Boston is very well-connected and offers plenty of public transportation into the downtown area. For that reason, it’s advisable to leave your RV parked at the campground or at a subway stop outside of the city rather than driving into downtown. Driving in downtown Boston can be hectic for smaller vehicles, let alone an RV, and parking is scarce and expensive.

When looking for a place to park your RV near the Freedom Trail in Boston, there are plenty of options both near and far. It all depends on how much you want to spend and how close to the city you’d prefer to be.

We’ve compiled a diverse list of the 10 best campgrounds and RV parks near the Freedom Trail.

Wompatuck State Park

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This massive state park is located south of Boston just outside of Quincy, Massachusetts. It’s about 20 miles from downtown Boston and a 30-45 minute drive. The park itself is fairly secluded, but it’s just a 5 minute drive to the closest suburban town of Hingham for groceries and dining. Hingham is also right on the water, for those who want to check out Hingham Bay or Fort Andrews. The park is also close to Massachusetts Bay.

Why You’ll Love Wompatuck State Park

This is one of the closest campgrounds to the city of Boston, and yet it’s completely secluded. With over 12 miles of scenic trails, this park is a bicycler’s paradise. They have both paved and off-road trails. The park also offers cross-country skiing and snow mobiling in the winter and boating in the summer. Campsites are spacious, clean, quiet, and peaceful. The campground services are minimal and a great place to get away from it all, but make sure you come prepared. Luckily, town is just a few miles away, and the city of Boston is under an hour away.

Normandy Farms

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This luxury farm and campground sits at the intersection of I-95 and I-495 near plenty of amenities and attractions. It’s less than an hour from Boston and just an hour from Cape Cod, making it the perfect in between point to stay if you’re visiting both attractions. The surrounding area offers plenty to do as well, and you’re just 5 miles from Patriot Place and the New England Patriot stadium. You can even reach Fenway Park with public transportation.

Why You’ll Love Normandy Farms

This is a full-blown family camping resort and a destition in itself. The facilities on-site are endless, from a large bike park with a jump line and guided mountain bike tours through Foxboro State Forest to a creative arts center, a movie screen, an 18-hole disc golf course, an arcade, and more. For those who want to get active, there’s a fitness center as well was pretty much every recreatiol activity you can think of. When it’s time to relax, you can enjoy their wellness center as well as an indoor pool, sau, and jacuzzi. There’s so much to do here that the resort has its own concierge desk.

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Winter Island Park Campground

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Situated in the infamous Salem, Massachusetts, this campground is surrounded by attractions and things to do. Not only do you have the attractions of Salem at your fingertips, with a Salem historic trolley tour stop right outside the campground, but you’re nestled on Winter Island, right on the water of the picturesque Salem Harbor. Visit the historic lighthouse and the House of Seven Gables, right at your doorstep. When you’re ready to walk the Freedom Trail, Boston is just 45 minutes away.

Why You’ll Love Winter Island Park Campground

This idyllic location on Winter Island in Salem, Massachusetts is the perfect getaway. The area is beautiful, serene, and surrounded by beach, but at the same time, you’re very close to downtown Boston. This maritime park is a particularly excellent destition for anyone with a boat in tow.

Fourth Cliff Recreation Area

On the beautiful beaches of the north-Atlantic coast just north of Cape Cod, you’ll find this postcard-perfect military campground. You have the beach at your doorstep and Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and historic Plymouth are all just a short drive away. Downtown Boston and the Freedom Trail are only 30 miles from Fourth Cliff Recreation Area.

Why You’ll Love Fourth Cliff Recreation Area

This seaside resort in Humarock, Massachusetts is the perfect beach vacation spot near Boston. The park is open to current and former members of the military, their family, and DoD civilians. The beach on-site is perfect for fishing, sunbathing, and going on walks, and the town here is lively and charming.

Canoe River Campground

Located in Mansfield, Massachusetts right on the Canoe River, the Canoe River Greenbelt, and a small lake, this campground is a convenient place to enjoy the outdoors. Just 45 minutes from the Freedom Trail, you’re also not far from Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Plymouth. Public transportation into downtown Boston is not far, and the campground offers free stretch limo service to the closest stop

Why You’ll Love Canoe River Campground

With endless amenities and activities, as well as a lake, river, and greenbelt on-site, you could easily spend your entire vacation here on the campground. Of course, given that both Boston and the most beloved beaches in Massachusetts are under an hour away, you probably won’t want to. Nonetheless, while you are at the campground, you’ll have access to two pools, boating, and plenty of recreational activities, from basketball and baseball to horseshoe and fishing. There’s a snack bar on site, but you’ll also find a delicious and affordable cafe across from the park as well as a very well-reviewed ice cream and produce stand.

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Boston/Cape Cod KOA is in Middleboro, Massachusetts a few miles off of I-495. The center of Middleboro is just minutes away, and there you’ll find all of your basic amenities, as well as multiple country clubs, golf courses, and a state park. The campground, just a few miles inland from historic Plymouth, is right in between Cape Cod and Boston, 45 minutes from each.

Why You’ll Love Boston & Cape Cod KOA

If it’s history you’re looking for, it doesn’t get much better than this Boston/Cape Cod KOA. Just 45 minutes from Freedom Trail, this campground is a quick drive from Plymouth, one of the oldest cities in the entire United States

Cape Anne Camp Site

Located on the beautiful Essex Bay just north of Boston, this campsite is surrounded by classic New England waterways, beaches, and islands and an abundance of fantastic seafood, from steamed crab legs to fresh lobster to clam chowder. On top of the scenic location, Cape Anne Camp Site is only a 45 minute drive to Freedom Trail.

Why You’ll Love Cape Anne Camp Site

The gorgeous area surrounding Cape Anne is a wonderful spot from which to get to know New England and the Massachusetts coast. You’ll have stunning white sand beaches and some of the best food in Massachusetts at your door as well as countless area attractions, from whale watching and fishing trips to the dark history of nearby Salem to charming Gloucester, and of course, Boston. This family-run campground offers fishing, sailing, kayaking, hiking, biking, and more, and the train station is just 2.5 miles away.

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This Littleton, Massachusetts campground off I-495 is 45 minutes from Freedom Trail and downtown Boston, and there are several options for public transportation. It’s also an hour to Salem and an hour and a half to Plymouth, for those who are doing a full-blown historic tour of Massachusetts. Finally, the historic industrial city of Lowell is just 20 minutes north of the campground.

Why You’ll Love Boston Minuteman Campground

This is a great, peaceful, scenic campground in the Boston suburbs with easy access to downtown. The heavily wooded area is beautiful year-round, but especially in the fall. The grounds offer all the necessary amenities as well as a number of recreational activities and hiking opportunities. This family-friendly campground is popular, so be sure to make reservations in advance as they do book up.

Circle CG Farm Campground

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Tucked away in Bellingham, Massachusetts, this 30-acre RV park is just an hour from Freedom Trail and Boston and only 45 minutes from Cape Cod. Old Sturbridge Village, the northeast’s largest outdoor history museum, is not far from here.

Why You’ll Love Circle CG Farm Campground

If you’ve got the whole family in tow, this is the place to be. The motto at Circle CG Farm Campground is “Putting the family back in family camping”, and they live it. This campground has been in the family for four generations! They offer plenty of great amenities, including two separate pools (one warm pool for folks over 50), fishing, almost a dozen different sports and recreational activities, indoor games, and more. They even have farm animals and a safari field for those animal lovers in the family.

Salisbury Beach State Park

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Beach bunnies in the family will love this oceanside state park in Salisbury, Massachusetts, just an hour north of Boston. Nestled right on the Atlantic coast with plenty of sandy shoreline overlooking the lighthouse on Plum Island, this is one of the most beautiful beachside parks in the state. It’s also sandwiched right between Plum Island, with tasty restaurants, cute beach shops, and fishing charters as well as a long stretch of public beach, and Salisbury, a hopping beach town filled with live music and beach bars. The nearby town of Newburyport offers quick and easy train access to Boston.

Why You’ll Love Salisbury Beach State Park

Spend your days lounging on the 4 miles of quiet, serene beaches in the state park and partying it up on the popular beaches to the north. If you can pull yourself away from the stunning coastline, Boston is just a train ride away. Since it sits on the point where the Merrimack River meets the Atlantic, there’s plenty of good swimming, fishing, boating, and kayaking. The views can’t be beaten, especially during the sunrise.

In Summary

Whether it’s city or beach you’re looking for, history or good food, you’ll find it at many of the campgrounds on this list.

While the Freedom Trail tour will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip, the area is filled with worthwhile attractions. There are plenty of other important historic sites to see in the city of Boston. Two must-see locations that aren’t included on the Freedom Trail are the Liberty Tree, where colonists staged the first act of defiance against the British, and the site of the Boston Tea Party.

The Boston Public Garden is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon, and the Fanueil Hall Marketplace is a great place to roam for shops, local eateries, and live music. Quincy Market, behind the hall, is one of the best food markets in the country. Be sure to get some quintessential New England clam “chowda” in a bread bowl with a pint of Sam Adams, and finish it off with an authentic cannoli.

If you’ve got time, you’ll want to make it a point to fit some beaches into your trip, whether it’s Salisbury Beach State Park, Cape Cod, or one of the many other bays and capes packed into the Massachusetts coastline. Salem and Plymouth are to must see destinations if you’re interested in history.

Wherever you go, all of these campgrounds are within an hour of the destinations mentioned above, and many of them offer access to public transportation. Traveling around Boston and Massachusetts with an RV has never been easier!

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