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Crane Beach

Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
978-356-4354
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Ranked #1 of 15 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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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

There is nothing that can compare with the Crane Estate anywhere in the area. It is a gorgeous mansion with extensive grounds overlooking the ocean in the distance. Best venue for a wedding!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I went in late August, and arrived close to the closing of the beach. Which is around 7:15 PM at this time of year. It closes as the sun sets, so if you plan on heading out, make sure you account for that. I went for the Labor Day Weekend, with the snack bar still open til 6:00 PM and... More

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duaneromanell
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Decent parking rate for the area. Very clean beach. Make sure you miss green bottle fly season. Went with the wife and kids early August. All had a good time. Make sure to hit the family farm on the way in/out.

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I absolutely love this long sandy beach conducive to wonderful walks and relaxation. If you walk away from the entrances, you can have a stretch of sand to yourself. The views in both directions are beautiful, and there are adorable plovers scurrying at the water's edge. Water is cold, especially at the beginning of the season but warms up later.... More

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Have not been to Cranes for many years. Forgot how nice the area is. So glad we took the short ride to this local treasure. Get there early, and bring your beach dolly. The water was cold, and very clean, and incrediably refreshing! We were in and out of the surf all day. The views are wonderful. The sand was... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This beach is the best in mass. The views are stunning. The water is clear, the sand is white. We went yesterday 09/02/14 and we only paid $10. Even at full price $25, it's worth every penny ....stay to see the sunset

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Rowley, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The beach is beautiful and the showers and snack bar are great. We go at least 5 times a season and avoid the green heads if possible, avon skin so soft helps. Weekdays are nicer since they are a bit less crowded.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Absolutely a must visit for North Shore residents and visitors. The parking lot will fill up quickly so plan your arrival early to ensure a spot! The beach itself is gorgeous, the sand is nice and soft, and snack bar and bath house are great amenities.

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Sheffield
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Beautiful white sands not overly busy. Lifeguards present. Parking $20. Snack bar limited choice. Restrooms appalling. We arrived around ten thirty and none if the handryers were working I was told they overheated. I then found one that worked and it was covered iin mould underneath. Non of the taps could be elbow operated and therefore hand hygiene was not... More

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Somerset, New Jersey, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Although it was near dinnertime when we arrived at the beach, I thoroughly loved the sights and beauty of this expansive beach. It is clean and well kept. The water is so clear and inviting. I love the trails around the dunes which are very protected. There is a convenient snack stand and bath houses. We paid $15 to park... More

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