Great location for touring the Boston, Massachusetts area.
Hanscom AFB FamCamp
Type of site
21/22 Sep 2018
Oct. 9th - Oct. 29th, 2017
Sep 2-6, 2016
July 1 - July 5 2016
Aug 28 - Sept 8 2016
July 30- August 2, 2016
August 22-23, 2015
28 June -02 Jul 2015
Stayed two nights. Called ahead months ahead and informed of "no reservations" policy. We were concerned, it being holiday up coming weekend, nothing would be available. Was informed that they had never had to turn anyone down. Arrived around 4:00 PM and was given a list of available sites to check out, found one close to laundry/showers/office. No problems at all. Host fantastic! Lot of permanent guest who have all the sites up front. No problem there, they are in the open and close to the fence. Our site was well shaded and back from the majority of the jet noise. Could use some updating (some going on towards front)Showers need repair, laundry room could be updated. They are building a (coffee room) on the rear of the office to accommodate the permanent crowd's morning get together, good thing, not complaining. Great location to tour Boston from, friendly staff and close to Exchange and commissary. Will definitely stay again when passing thru.
I have been here a couple weeks already. It is very loud with all the commercial leer jets taking off and landing all day long. Seems like weekends are worse! We are 3 to 400 yards from the runway with no noise barrier. Just a chain link fence. We are close to many attractions. We went to Fenway park to take in a game. Leave at least 4 hours before game time. Traffic sucks. Parking was $40.00. Unreal. We did take a whale sight seeing tour which was great 7 Seas Whale watching out of Gloucester. Prices only $38.00 for 4 hours. Saw several whales and many great photos! The campground could use improvements considering how much money is brought in from the campers! Also the Office staff was great as well as the Camp ground hosts. Potato night was fun. thanks guys. BIll W. site 44
31 Jul-5 Aug 2014
Located off base across the airstrip from the entry to the base. CG has sites with just power and water $21 and P/W/S for $24. When we arrived all full hookup were taken so we were directed to the partial hookup sites. The partial hookup sites are located among the trees with dirt/grass pads, lots of shade and plenty of room. I'm glad a full hookup site was not available as they are closer to the airstrip, have nothing to block the noise and have no shade. It was fairly obvious that some folks spend the entire summer here and take up the full hookup sites for months at a time. The large bath house in the middle of the CG is well used and kept fairly clean but with the sand being tracked in the floors stay sandy. The bathroom next to the office is less used and stays much cleaner. This CG should take reservations especially during the summer months so that people with limited vacation time can use the facilities and explore Boston. WIFI was OK outside at our picnic table for about 3 hours the first day then nonexistent from that point on. I did read in the CG newsletter that MWR was spending money to work on improving the WIFI and that was going to happen in August sometime. It's about a 20 min drive to the Alewife subway station for the subway into Boston. Parking there about $7 all day, weekends are no problem at any time of day but during the workweek you need to get back and get out of the parking garage before 3:30 or it will take an hour or so just to get out of the garage (learned from experience). Nice Credit Union, Commissary and PX nearby. Not a lot of airfield noise but you know it's there. I would stay here again and would recommend it to anyone wanting to vacation in the Boston area.
6 Aug 14
Nice place and would be great to stay and explore Boston. However, it appears all the choice sites are taken by long termers (seasonal seniors). Other sites are available. Even though the policy indicates that you can't stay in one spot for more than 30 days, I'm not sure the policy is applied. Was told by the camp manager that they have some people who have been there for 6 months and one individual who has been there 9 years. In fact, we ran into someone at another park who told us they had just spent 6 weeks there. The park should really consider taking reservations (it is more practical for families who are traveling) and maybe limiting length of stay in the choice sites (especially during the summer months) so others can come in and take advantage of the location to explore Boston. WIFI was nonexistent (and we were right next to the office). However, I read in the MWR newsletter that MWR was spending money to work on improving the WIFI and that was going to happen in August sometime.
July 17-21 2014
The camp host were great people to work with. As with previous post reservations can not be made and your at the mercy of a spot being open. We were lucky they had plenty of w/e spots available for us to choose from. Both camp host were great with helping plan our trip into and around Boston and up towards Maine. The Outdoor Rec helped out the tickets and discounts so make sure you stop by there as well. Do not plan on having internet...its not there. When we come east again we will definitely stop by again. Hope the accept reservations by then.
June 29-July 2, 2014
This camp was very nice. As said in previous reviews...the wifi is not an amenity. We could not log on, even when we went to the office and sat in a chair next to the router. When we commented, the host would pull out his computer and connect...then say, "See, it's working.". We had to go to the base (bowling alley) and log on there. Additionally, they have a 30-day stay policy. I feel that's too long to allow "long-termer's" to use the space, especially during peak summer vacation times. They don't take reservations. They have a waiting list. You check in to a whatever space they have for you, then, if you're staying long enough, when one of the full hookup, pull through's comes open, you can move. It's a good offer, but not practical if you're only staying a few days. Overall, the staff was super helpful in directions and suggestions. Some of the full-timers were also helpful in suggesting activities. Plane noise wasn't an issue, we were gone most of the day and there was no noise at night.
12-16 June 2014
Moutainview's review is spot on. Will comment on a few other things. Wifi has been superb. Sometimes it bogs down in late afternoon but they reset and it is 5x5 for the next 24 hours. The staff is superb - they are a great help on getting around the area. It is an easy 20 min drive to the Alewife subway station. Parking there about $7 all day. Easy ride into the heart of Boston. Great facilities and they keep it nice. Nice Commissary and PX nearby. Airfield noise: yep, its there. The runway is right next to the CG. The good news is that it is 99% civilian aircraft: business jet and light prop. I heard 1 military aircraft (a C130) in the 5 days here. It gets real quiet between 2200-0600. We didn't mind the noise. Some people might. We'll be back. Thanks Famcamp staff for a great visit.
May 30-June 4, 2014
We were very pleased with our stay here, in fact we stayed a couple extra days. We had a nice level pull through site with picnic table. Easy access to Concord, Minuteman National Park and Lexington. Close to base shopping facilities. The staff here is very helpful. They give you maps for getting to local attractions, getting to shopping, etc. Laundry facilities are good and less $ than most. Price much more reasonable than the previous park we were at. We will return when in the area.
Aug 13-16 2013
Camped here several times times since 2002 (full timers from 2001-2007) and beyond, but had not been here since a month in summer 2009. Not much has changed except for the now non-existant WiFi! They really should not say that WiFi is provided and available as it is not! I camped very near the office complex and was never able to use internet during this entire 3 Day stay. Had read reviews here so was not unexpected, just wish that someone or something could be done to solve the problem. Feel sure that MWR pays someone to provide this service and they are definitely not getting much for their $$ spent.
Aug 4 - 20, 2013
We came here to see the sights of Boston and other historic towns. The office staff was very well versed in all things touring, getting around and good places to eat! We recommend; 2 days to visit Concord, 1 day for Lexington, 1 day for Gloucester, 2-3 days to see Boston using the Old Town Trolley ($28@, tickets avail at office), walk the Battle Road (5 miles) from the visitors center. We are plum worn out!
Average in most respects. Internet reception is sketchy at best. For three days in a row I had to wander down to the office and ask them to reset the router. They insisted in made no difference but doing so reestablished internet reception. Seems like they could have learned from my experience rather than assume it was just over used.