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Crane Beach

Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
978-356-4354
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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in Ipswich
Type: Beaches
Activities: Kayaking
Description: Enjoy the Northeast's most spectacular beach and follow trails and boardwalks through a landscape of sand dunes and salt marsh.
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I have lived in Ipswich my entire life, and always enjoy going to the beach. This beach is untouched by any commercialism. Be sure to pack a bag, and prepare to enjoy.

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Ipswich, MA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

As a resident, I can always get in, but sometimes the parking is tough on those hot summer days. I love to go in the afternoon when the crowds wind down, but even on the most crowded days, just walk a little down the beach and you'll always find a nice spot to throw your blanket. This beach has lifeguards,... More

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is by far, one of the most beautiful beaches in New England. It is a nature preserve, so it is kept pristine....you can walk for miles and have a slice of heaven all to yourself. There are clean bath houses to shower and change and a nice snack area with reasonably priced sandwiches and snacks. As with any beach... More

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Mukilteo, Washington
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109 reviews 109 reviews
26 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We had been doing a lot of museums and historic tours on our visit to the northeast. Crane's Beach was a pleasant break for the day. We did a walk to the tip of the beach - 5 miles roundtrip from the parking lot. Saw a snowy owl - and got to listen to the waves. Left ready for a... More

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Rockport, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Walking the perimeter at nearly 7 miles or in the dunes mid Winter, Cranes is always the perfect beach for any season. Terns nesting limit some tidal access in the Summer.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Beach, dunes, coastal forest, and Castle Hill all wonderful via snowshoe. A different look, and beautiful as ever.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This beautiful beach is pristine. No touristy glitz, but they do have clean restroom/changing rooms and a great snack/sandwich bar. If you know where to look, there are usually many sand dollars for those who collect seashells. The entrance fee benefits a worthy organization, The Trustees of Reservations, a nonprofit group whose purpose is land conservation and preservation. Just beware... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Cranes Beach is unique in that its sands constantly shift creating long sand bars to explore. This year at the far end of the beach you could walk over a half a mile out at low tide on a sand bar that jutted out into the bay. As the tide comes in and you stand at the tip of the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Fabulous long sandy beach, quite flat, with wonderful views of Ipswich, waves breaking on outer sandbanks, lovely sand dunes. Owned by the Trustees of Reservations; fee to enter; good parking.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Don't miss Crane Beach if you're travelling north of Boston. Protected dunes, Castle Hill in the distance, gentle waves for young family members, and great beach walking and people watching.. Snack bar services, changing rooms and showers are great amenities for visitors. Off season, dogs and horses walk the beach as well. One of the great reasons to live in,... More

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