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Normandy Farms Offers an Exceptional Family Campground Experience in Foxborough, Massachusetts (Near Boston)

Pools at Normandy Farms Campground, Foxborough, MAPools at the Normandy Farms Recreation Lodge. Photo source: Normandy Farms.

Article and photos by Eric Hurwitz. Article created on 6/14/2018.

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Who knew that the agricultural business seed planted by Francis Daniels in 1759 at a modest farm in Foxborough, Mass., would eventually blossom into Normandy Farms, a world class RV campground resort tucked away in the woods between Boston and Cape Cod?

Spanning nine generations, the Daniels family has gone from operating a dairy farm and raising chickens and sheep to transforming, in 1971, the open 100 wooded acres into what would become an all inclusive camping destination. The beauty of Normandy Farms is that the Daniels family not only offers many kinds of
camping units -- with myriad amenities including sewer, water, electric, WiFi and cable TV -- but also cater to those who seek none of it and just want a more, no frills rustic experience. Although many visitors prefer bringing their own RVs or tents, others cannot resist the onsite accommodations like the deluxe onsite cabin and yurt rentals.

Cabin at Normandy Farms, Foxborough, Mass.
Cabin rental from Normandy Farms. Photo credit: Normandy Farms.

These wonderful places to stay offer heat/AC, a fireplace, flat screen television, and large deck.
Most of the rental units are pet-friendly, too! The yurts offer an added bonus with splendid pond views...

Normandy Farms Campground pond, Foxborough, Mass.
Pond at Normandy Farms. Photo credit: Normandy Farms.

The amenities often surpass those high profile resorts that think they're really good. Normandy Farms Campground offers two Olympic-sized outdoor pools, a heated outdoor pool, and an indoor pool with a double jacuzzi. The campground also features a sauna,
daily massages, yoga, fishing, an 18-hole disc course, fitness center, arcade, picnic area, guided bike and hiking tours, a dog park (complete with agility equipment, a dog wash and fountain), a bike park with jump line, pump track and skill course, and more than enough seasonal activities to please all generations from early spring to late fall.

"Parents love the freedom and that children can safely play at the playground, bike park or at the pool or at recreation center activities," said Kristine Daniels, marketing director and an owner at Normandy Farms. "They love everything we have to offer. We have a high number of returning guests."

Indoor pool at Normandy Farms Campground in Foxborough, Mass.
Indoor pool and jacuzzi at the Normandy Farms Recreation Lodge.

The 20,000 sq. ft. post and beam Recreation Lodge and surrounding area offer the majority of campground activities, including billiards, indoor and outdoor movies in the Creative Arts Center,
separate cozy loft areas for kids and adults, July 4th, Halloween and Thanksgiving events, food truck festivals, paint nights, wellness weekends, and the aforementioned pools, jacuzzi and sauna. Normandy Farms also offers old campground standbys like a softball field, playgrounds, shuffleboard, bocce, horseshoes, tennis, volleyball sites, and basketball.

Baseball field at Normandy Farms Campground in Foborough, Mass.
Softball field at Normandy Farms.

The jam-packed but spacious and comfortable General Store/Welcoming Center offers groceries, frozen foods, candy and snacks. apparel and accesories, Normandy Farms Campground souvenirs and places to sit by the big picture windows overlooking open spaces.

Normandy Farms campground welcoming center and store in Foxborough, Mass.
Welcoming center and general store at Normandy Farms.

Additionally, the open-air snack bar offers breakfast, lunch and dinner items along with ice cream. Whether a juicy burger with crispy fries to regional favorites like New England lobster and fish and chips, the food options surpass many other campgrounds offerings. Normandy Farms also takes its a step farther by offering food delivery to campsites!

Lisa Stranahan, a Walpole, Mass., resident, says she and her family can never get enough of Normandy Farms Campground.

"We have been going here every year since Sara (daughter now in high school) was a toddler," said Lisa. "Wonderful place, filled with so much to do, for every age group. Activities for all ages, with every weekend having a particular theme. The grounds are beautiful and every building, including bathrooms, are immaculate. Huge activity center, huge and well stocked gift shop, dog park, bike park, multiple pools, a pond, walking trails....too much to list! Even though Foxborough is so close, you feel as though you are a million miles away! Absolutely love it there!"

Normandy Farms is a place to do everything, or simply nothing -- whether by the large stone fireplace in the lodge's lofts, or in the scenic, solitude expanses of Mother Nature.

The remarkable thing about Normandy Farms is that the overall experience never feels pretentious or contrived. At its foundation, Normandy Farms still looks like a traditional campground yet somehow embeds so many 21st century amenities within a classic family vacation template. No one working at Normandy Farms forces anyone to have "fun," the way some resorts aggressively market to vacationers ironically looking to "get away from it all." Although Normandy Farms bills itself as "New England's Luxury Campground Camping Destination," the reality is that many who come here can easily attain a low-key camping experience, if they choose.  Either way, the timeless tradition of family camping can be fully realized here.  The simple joys of conversation and bonding over a firepit under the big starry sky in the great outdoors does a family good!

Campsite at Normandy Farms in Foxborough, Mass.
RV site at Normandy Farms. Photo credit: Normandy Farms.

Additionally, many families find the campground affordable and much more budget-friendly than luxury hotels, resorts and inns. From tent sites with no hookups to more developed campsites, the choices cater to every family budget.  A lower-cost solution: the Normandy Farms pop up trailers that can sleep up to six, and be set up on the site of your choice.

Pop up trailer at Normandy Farms Campground, Foxborough, Mass.
Pop up trailer at Normandy Farms. Photo credit: Normandy Farms.

Many also love the elevated safari tents, too, which combine the traditional tent with more upscale surroundings...

Elevated safari tent at Normandy Farms campground in Foxborough, Mass.
Elevated safari tent at Normandy Farms. Photo credit: Normandy Farms.

Much of Normandy Farms' delicate balance of combining a long established campground with a modern resort succeeds through a caring staff and pride of ownership set forth by nine generations of a family-owned business. Whether a farm of the past or a campground of the future, each generation of the Daniels family has set forth a vision and belief in the American Dream by providing a valuable service. There's no doubt the Daniels family cultivates its campground with a love for its customers and as a personal business career choice that is more a lifestyle than a job. Kristine's dad, Al, is a prime example of that work ethic, working various sweat-producing tasks out in the fields and by the campsites, thus defying his 70-something age. The Daniels family might employ more than 125 and over 400 campsites, but the family-oriented neighborhood campground model comes across as a close-knit camping vacation community.

"I attribute much of our success to being family owned and operated for nine generations," said Daniels. "We’re all collectively dedicated to continually innovating and evolving within the camping industry. We strive to consistently provide the finest services and amenities to create luxury camping destination and experience that will make lasting memories."

Bike park at Normandy Farms Campground in Foxborough, Mass.
Bike park at Normandy Farms. Photo credit: Normandy Farms.

Thoughtfulness goes a long way in making the guests feel at home. Employees escort visitors to their campsites and provide them with a brief orientation in order to ensure that they are comfortable and have everything that they need, according to Daniels.  After guests head home, Normandy Farms sends a thank you email letter. It's the little things that count and visitors seems to appreciate that as more than 60 percent are repeat guests.
That includes travelers from all over the world including New Zealand, Germany and South Africa, although most who stay are from the New England area and Quebec.

Community outreach is also a staple of Normandy Farms Campground.

"We’re also dedicated to raising money for the Jimmy Fund, which is an organization that supports children and their families with cancer," said Daniels.  "Through various events such as our Ice Cream Socials and Casino nights, we’ve raised more than $300,000 to help children and their families who are affected by cancer."

Normandy Farms has also garnered fantastic press including being

·         Voted among the “Top 13 Campgrounds in the World” by the Travel Channel
·         Awarded as the “Best Luxury RV Park” by Yankee Magazine
·         Honored by Time Magazine for “Glamping”
·         Listed in the USA Today Pet Guide for “Vacations for Nature Lovers”
·         Awarded four times the "Large Park of the Year" by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds

Hank Morse, of WROR FM 105.7 Boston, told me that actor, musician and game show host John Davidson once stayed at Normandy Farms when he was in a Reagle Players production in nearby Waltham. Daniels said that a few rock and roll stars have stayed at Normandy Farms between playing concerts at Gillette Stadium.

The geographical convenience offers further vacation appeal, being located approximately halfway between two of New England's greatest cities, Boston, Mass., and Providence, R.I. -- each under 30 miles away. Other famous New England travel destinations like Cape Cod, Plymouth, Mass., Newport, R.I., and Mystic, Conn., are within an hour's drive, while the spectacular southern coast of Maine begins about two hours from the campground. Within just a few minute's drive: Gillette Stadium -- home of the New England Patriots -- and Patriot Place, a highly developed shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Those living far outside the region tend to combine a Normandy Farms experience with exploring the New England area, while locals tend to stay put at the campground.

Beacon Hill in Boston, Mass.
Beacon Hill in Boston.

Ultimately, Normandy Farms achieves a memorable campground experience as a beautiful place to watch the stars at night, or to enjoy the star amenities throughout the whole family camping experience.

"We really have something for everyone here," said Daniels. "Once people experience time here, they often soon make plans to return."

Cozy loft at Normandy Farms Campground in Foxborough, Mass.
Cozy loft at the Recreation Lodge at Normandy Farms.

Normandy Farms Campground is located at 72 West St., Foxborough, MA 02035. Tel. 866-673-2767. Web site: Facebook fan page: Twitter page:

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