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Boston Harbor Islands State Park is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It is the largest recreational area in metro Boston, MA, and offers a huge range of things to do and see. The state park is made up of 13 islands, which are located in Boston Harbor. Boston Harbor Islands State Park was developed in the 1970s by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, and in 1996 the Boston Islands National Recreational Area was created, which includes the park and many others.
The islands that make up Boston Harbor Islands State Park include Bumkin, Calf, Gallops, Grape, Great Brewster, Hangman, Little Calf, Middle Brewster, Outer Brewster, Raccoon, Sheep, and State Island and each offers a little something different. Many people who rent an RV in Suffolk County will stay in and around Boston, but other options include Worcester, Providence, RI, and Lawrence, MA.
Visit different islands, take advantage of public moorings, and take in the views of various islands on a boating adventure through the harbor on your motorhome camping vacation. There is a wealth of opportunities for boating through the park, especially if you have your own vessel. There are plenty of places to launch from, either from downtown Boston or various other places around the harbor, so you can simply spend the day cruising among the islands and peninsulas, keeping an eye out for some of the local wildlife.
Each island offers a little something different. Bumpkin Island, for example, has plenty of walking trails, many of which are lined with flowers in the spring and summer months. This is the island to head to for all things nature and can be reached by an easy kayaking trip. Little Brewster Island is home to the historic Boston Light, the oldest continuously used lighthouse in the country.
Comprised of rocky beaches and gravel slopes, Raccoon Island is where to head for a little rest and relaxation, with stunning views back over Downtown Boston. Great Brewster is the largest of the Brewster Islands, and here visitors can hike and take on the views from the 100 foot high bluffs, take a look in the tide pools for sea creatures or do a spot of bird watching, as this island is home to the full breeding ground and nurseries. No matter what it is you are looking for when you camp in an RV near Boston, the Harbor Islands will certainly supply you with all the nature you need.
Although there are no options to go camping with an RV on the Islands of Boston Harbor, due to the fact that they are only accessible by boat. RV campers are better off camping with an RV in and around the city of Boston and then exploring the park from there. Winter Island Park is a good option in terms of location, as it is very near the harbor. There are 28 RV sites available here with eighteen 50 amp and ten 30 amp, and there are options for all sorts of campers. They also have water hookups and a picnic table for camper's convenience. There is also a centrally located bathhouse and a small store where visitors can pick up a range of necessities.
Another option when you rent a camper near Boston Harbor Islands State Park is Cape Ann Campground. This is a large Campground with around 200 sites available, with sites suitable for a range of camping needs. Each comes with a ready-made fireplace and picnic area. There are also six toilet and shower buildings and a small campsite that stocks all the basics.
Visitors to Boston Harbor Islands State Park have the whole city of Boston to explore; therefore the range of things to do is near enough endless. Art enthusiasts can't leave without paying a visit to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which contains over 450,000 incredible works of art. Be aware that the museum is huge, so you may not be able to see all of the many exhibits in one day. Its collections include Classical and French Impressionist, to name a few, plus there are special exhibits at different times of the year, making it a place to head to time and time again.
Sports fans will love the chance to tour Fenway Park when you get a Boston camper rental, which is known for being the home of the world-famous Red Sox. It is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball history, and although relatively small compared to some of the newer stadiums, has certainly seen its fair share of exciting matches over its time. Visitors can have a tour of the stadium, plus visit places such as the press room, visitors’ clubhouse and see what the view is like from the legendary seats above the 'Green Monster'
Should you only have a short time in the city, simply wander around the scenic streets, popping into shops and eateries along the way, is a great way to spend the day.