Website: Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort
Location: Foxboro, Massachusetts
Date: October 2016
Price: $55/night (This included a discount of $10 off the first night for first-time campers)
We planned a brief stop in the Boston area with the intent of seeing the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Both of us have been to Boston many times in the past and were just in the area to see the library.
Normandy Farms appealed to us for various reasons. One reason was the fact that they have dog walkers that will come to your RV and take care of your precious pooch while you are away. Not knowing how long we would be away from the RV that service was a great option. As it turned out, we did not need to use this service but for some it would be a great perk if you were going to be gone all day. And with Boston traffic, we can see how that could happen.
When you enter Normandy Farms it is more like checking into a hotel than RV park complete with a concierge and express check-in. The park is gated and a code is needed to enter and leave giving you a sense of security. Driving in you quickly realize how huge this park is with some 400 RV sites, tent sites, yurts, lean-to’s, safari tents, and cabins. (Click on the picture to enlarge.)
There are plenty of RV sites to choose from the “premium” full hook-up (50 amp) to basic with just water and electric and many others in between. Both back-in and pull thrus are available as are sites with shade and full sun. Premium sites have paved patios while other sites are gravel. Roads are paved and plenty wide enough for big RV’s to navigate.
Cable yielded nearly 100 channels. Wifi worked well at our site and other places throughout the park. All sites come with a fire pit and picnic table.
We chose a paved full hook-up pull thru with paved patio (Site E1). Our site was easy to navigate in and out of and was definitely big rig-friendly with ample space for our 45’ motor home and tow car. All utilities were well-placed and functioned properly. The site was level. At the time we were there in October the campground was not very busy but we imagine that things get a little crazy when the park is full.
There is a really long list of amenities for this campground….four pools (include an indoor heated one), fitness room (with elliptical, treadmills, bikes, machine and free weights), creative arts center, camp store, 20,000 square-foot activities building (with adult only lounge, pool table, arcade, games, wide-screen televisions, sauna, Jacuzzi), restaurant, huge off-leash dog park (you can reserve individual day kennels), BMX bike park, horse shoe pits, baseball diamond, volleyball, fishing pond, shuffleboard, disk golf, and playground, and probably a few more things I missed.
During the busy summer months there is a long list of activities ranging from yoga to kids games.
Normandy Farms is approximately 35 miles from Boston. If you don’t want to drive to the city, you can park at the nearby train or subway station and ride into the city.
You are just five miles from Gillette Stadium (home of the New England Patriots) and Patriot Place (a hub for shopping and dining). About a mile from the campground is Foxboro State Park where you will find 20+ miles of hiking trails. Also within a five mile radius are plenty of restaurants, shopping, hardware store, grocery store, and more.
What we liked:
Definitely having a nice long site with a large paved patio and full hook-ups is a super plus. The dog park was the best of any campground (more about that below). The fitness center was great which had functioning equipment and a large television to help pass the time while working out.
The adult lounge (pictured below) was a great idea and
a nice place for people to get together and watch television or hang out. With
everything this campground has to offer this is the kind of destination park
where you could be busy all day and never want to leave.
What we didn’t like:
It is hard to come up with anything we didn’t like. If anything, it would be the price (but that is hard to say because you really get a lot if you take advantage of all the amenities).
Spirit’s two cents:
Four paws up from Spirit. First, the campground is so big it is easy to get in a good dog walk. Second, the dog park is huge. No tiny KOA dog park here. This park is by far the largest we have ever found in a campground and larger than many public dog parks. Plus, there is a dog washing station, water fountains (for dog and human), agility-type obstacles for them to play on, dog kennels, and a bin with balls and frisbees. If you are looking for hiking trails, a state park is one mile away.