Wanting to get away from Boston for the weekend?

If you’re looking for a quick dose of nature without leaving the Boston city too far behind, the Boston Harbor Islands are a great option. With camping areas available on Bumpkin, Grape, Lovells, and Peddocks Islands, you can experience an outdoor adventure and still see the gorgeous city skyline. The islands offer tent and yurt camping with individual and group sites available, each with picnic tables and grills nearby.

Hiking Outside of Boston

For an excellent hiking spot, check out Peddocks Island, Spectacle Island, and Worlds End Park. With a variety of terrain and scenery for all levels, from walkers to experienced hikers, you’ll find well organized trail systems, and a variety of trees and wildlife. Spectacle Island also houses the North Drumlin. As the highest point in the harbor, you will see breath-taking views of the entire harbor.

Camping, Fishing, Boating

Further out from the city, Myles Standish State Forest offers more of the “Great Outdoors” feel with miles of trails, campsites, and a pond. This is a great spot for fishing, boating, and swimming and offers individual and group campsites and yurts. With 35 miles of equestrian trails, the forest is horse friendly and has several horse camp sites, which can accommodate two to three horses with a trailer and room for a corral. At around 50 miles from Boston, this spot is far enough from the hustle and bustle, but still close enough for a weekend getaway.

Just 20 miles north of the city, Harold Parker State Forest offers camping and hiking, with canoeing, swimming, and fishing available at Berry Pond. Lorraine Park Campground has over 80 campsites available, with picnic tables and grills on each site. Though there is no electrical hookups available, there are bathroom and hot shower facilities available at the campground. With hiking, walking, biking, and horse riding trails, this spot is sure to have enough activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Nickerson State Park is not far from Boston

Nickerson State Park, located in Cape Cod Bay, is the perfect weekend retreat to nature. With miles of wooded trails and fresh water kettle ponds, you can easily relax and enjoy the serene forest. This site offers over 400 campsites, yurts, hiking trails and bike paths. Flax pond offers swimming and canoeing while Higgins Pond has catch and release fishing available. This spot also accommodates R.V and trailer camping, as well as horse back riding trails. At just over two hours from Boston, this location is an easy, nearby vacation from city life.


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