Campground Review: Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort
We knew we wanted to stay near the Boston area to visit with some friends as well as spend a day or two exploring Boston. It didn’t take much searching before we came across Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort in Foxboro, MA. Sounding familiar, we realized we had seen it listed on several “Best Places to Camp” type lists. After checking out the location and amenities, we decided we must give it a try. Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort is definitely a resort-style campground. They have just about any amenity you could think of. It is certainly a family-friendly environment, so plan on hearing kids playing & enjoy their stay as well!
Since we are on the topic, let’s start with all the amenities that are offered at Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort. There is a very large dog park called Freedom Tail Park where dogs are free to run and play as they desire. There are 4 pools on the grounds, including 3 outdoor, 1 indoor, and several hot tubs. The fitness center with machines and free weights is located beside the indoor pool. In addition to two well-kept playgrounds, there are many options for outside activities. The following fields / courts can be found at the campground: Basketball, Tennis / Pickleball, Soccer, Softball, Sand Volleyball, Bocce Ball, Shuffleboard, Horseshoes, and Gaga Ball. Equipment can be checked out at the large Recreation Lodge which also houses an arcade, pool table, ping pong tables, and an adult loft. Next door you will find the Kamper’s Kitchen which serves food during the peak season. If your schedule is not already full, make sure to play a match of disc golf on their 18-hole course. The bike park is for the adventurous spirits with jump lines, pump track, and a skills area. While activities are plentiful we really appreciated that golf carts were not permitted in the park which I’m sure would be a downfall to some.
We were very impressed by how well Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort was staffed and the friendliness and professionalism of the staff members. The cleanliness of the facilities was also off the charts. Campground bathrooms are not often known for being very clean, but I wouldn’t have hesitated to take a shower in there (even without my flip-flops). Crazy, huh?
I’m sure some people are not a fan of the resorty feel of this campground. I am also certain that on a busy summer weekend it could start to feel rather crowded. Many parts of the park did not have a very woodsy, secluded feel, but our site on the end did have 9 trees which made it a nice pick! While on the topic of the campsites, there are lots of large sites in the park many that exceed 100 feet in length. Most of the sites are wide enough to park a tow vehicle and a second car beside each other. We liked being able to spread out and enjoy the size of our site. All the sites & roads are gravel with grassy areas in between the sites. The older sections of the park are a little more woodsy, while the newer sites seem a bit closer together without all the mature trees.
Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort is about 35 miles from downtown Boston, so without a doubt there are several highways nearby. We could hear some road noise from I-495 from a couple areas in the campground. This location made it an easy on / off point during our journey North to Maine for the summer. Since our objective was to spend some time downtown, we appreciated its convenience to the highway.
During the summer it is not a cheap campground, but that is what would be expected at a place with a laundry list of amenities, great service, and squeaky clean facilities. We would recommend a late Spring or early Fall trip when prices are comparable to other campgrounds in the area.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort. Most likely it would be our choice of campground next time we are in the Boston area. If you are visiting for a Patriots game it would be extremely convenient as Gillette Stadium is less than 5 miles away. BOO Patriots (Sorry, I had to get that in there). We appreciated that it seemed as though they had thought of all the little details to make a stay there both enjoyable and memorable.