Boston is a major metropolitan city, so while there are parks within its city limits there may not be many locations for hiking and camping. But this doesn’t mean you won’t have any options for outdoor activities when in town. For the best experience, you can just take a short drive out of town to some amazingly scenic locations to explore and appreciate the beauty of nature.
Boston Harbor Islands
If you’re looking for an opportunity to camp outside and view Boston’s skyline, then head over to the Harbor Islands (made up of Bumpkin Island, Grape Island, Lovells Island, and Peddocks Island) that are located just off Boston’s shores. Peddocks Island is the only one that has electricity and running water, so keep that in mind when planning a trip.
Cape Ann Camp Site
Located in Gloucester, Cape Ann has over 200 tent and trailer sites on its property. There are plenty of places to go on a hike or even catch a whale watching tour. This spot is popular with Boston area families during the summertime.
Harold Parker State Forest
The North Andover location has over 3,000 acres of nature to explore. If you’re looking for a little solitude, then this is the place for you. Harold Parker State Forest is a great spot for fishing or to enjoy a picnic. Hiking, hunting, and mountain biking trails are also available for those who want a little more physical activity.
Blue Hills Reservation
This park in Milton gives visitors an opportunity to see plants and flowers not found in the rest of the state. Blue Hills offers campers a chance to hike and explore over 125 miles of trails and 7,000 acres of sprawling greenery.
Myles Sandish State Forest
This South Carver spot is another favorite among families in the summer and is conveniently located just 50 miles from the city of Boston. Campers can get out and explore over 15 miles of bike paths and 35 miles for equestrian activities. There’s plenty of space for other outdoor activities as well, including swimming, canoeing, fishing, or just picnicking.
Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Want to see more beach? Salisbury Beach State Reservation has over three miles of shore along the Merrimack River. The park itself covers over 500 acres. There’s plenty of space to hike, camp, boat, or fish. The park also offers some special events throughout the year.
These spots are only a short distance from Boston, so don’t hesitate to venture out and see what nature has to offer.