Glamping seems to be the way to enjoy the great outdoors these days, but the cost of staying at a luxury campsite can certainly add up. Turns out there are several Massachusetts State Parks that offer campers a way to get out of the tent and try something new without spending a ton of money to do it.

Have you heard of a yurt? It's a strange name, but apparently a great place to spend the night in the woods.

Yurts are basically round, portable tents that are much roomier and sturdier than their pop-up tent counterparts. The best part is they feature a floor so you aren't sleeping literally on the ground. They also offer electricity, which is a huge camping plus.

It seems many of the state parks across Massachusetts feature rentable yurts at very reasonable prices, especially for Massachusetts residents. Sure, you could stay in a cabin or pop your tent on a campsite, but maybe mix it up this summer with a stay in a yurt? I mean it is pretty fun to say. Yurt.

There are large and small yurts to stay in at several state parks. Myles Standish State Forest in Carver has three yurts available during the summer season. All these yurts come with bunk beds and table and chairs. Large yurts have two bunk beds, small yurts only one.

Otter River State Park in Brewster also has yurts for rent, Shawme-Crowell State Forest in Sandwich has yurts and Wells State Park in Sturbridge has yurts, too. Renting a small yurt will cost you $45 at most parks and a large is just $55 – plus Willard Brook State Forest in Townsend has a massive 10 person yurts for just $90 a night. Not too shabby.

All of these state park with yurts offer plenty of other activities to fill you days, like hiking, biking, swimming, fishing – all the summer favorites.

So if you want to get away without going too far and spending too much, Massachusetts State Parks may be just what you need this summer.

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