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Address: Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
Phone Number: 978-356-4354
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Enjoy the Northeast's most spectacular beach and follow trails and...

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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Best Beach !

Great beach all year round! Dogs and horses are welcome off season. Beautiful dune paths! Gets crowded in the summer . Best to arrive early to get parking if not an Ipswich... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Colleen K
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great beach all year round! Dogs and horses are welcome off season. Beautiful dune paths! Gets crowded in the summer . Best to arrive early to get parking if not an Ipswich Resident with a sticker.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Frequently. Great in summer (although it does get crowded and a bit expensive for non Ipswich residents..$25). Nice beach to walk. Very nice in winter as well with a few trails through the dunes.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If the water were warmer, I'd give it a five (Excellent). But this is not Florida. Crane Beach is a great place for locals to meet and enjoy the relaxing sands and—if brave—the cold waters; they may likely take some getting used to. It is the tourist attraction of Ipswich, an historic old New England town about six miles inland,... More 

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Thank Andrew K
NH
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395 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful beach, with great views. It's peaceful and quiet during the week. Limited parking.

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Thank NHjojo
Beverly, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

White sand. Clean water. Clean beach. Beautiful. The first beach I had visited when I entered in the USA in July 2014 and I was so much feeling so blissful and wonderful. Parking fees $25, due to which one can find only a descent bunch of visitors. One of the few finest beaches in Massachusetts. And will be! Impressed!

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Reading, Massachusetts
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126 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though the water is cold and there are green flies a lot of the time. The views are beautiful. Pay to park, but you can also get a season pass for cheaper.

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Canton, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

On Christmas eve, we packed the car with two children, ages 4 and 6, and four adults. We drove to the parking lot at Crane Beach and parked away from the beach at the trail head. We walked through the dunes along the green trail and then followed the red trail to the beach. It was a spectacular day, so... More 

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Essex, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

I love Crane beach year round. Awesome trails to hike the dunes in solitude and 3+ miles of sandy clean beach. By far the best in North Shore partly because of the size and the dunes trails are 'heavenly'. Worth the trip and pay the price. It's usually cooler there than on mainland so layer up! Been going and walking... More 

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Fabulous beach. This is really worth going to. This beach is open year round. They charge to park there, unless you are a Ipswich resident, but is worth the fee.

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Thank Henry77734
Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Visiting Crane Beach in the Fall, Winter, and Spring is a hidden jewel of an experience for residents of and visitors to the North Shore.

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