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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Crane Beach is beautiful. The water is calm, but a little cold!! The beach is really long with beautiful sand, surrounded by dunes. There are lovely trails to hike through the dunes, if it is not a great beach day. The green head flies are a problem for a few weeks in late July and early August, but the rest... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

It's a lovely beach but pretty crowded in the summer. They charge a bomb ($25) for the parking, which was a huge turn off. There's plenty of beaches in the north shore, head elsewhere!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Very scenic and well kept beach.... Those are the pros. The cons are the price to park the car and the green head flies that hurt when they bite.

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Bangalore, India
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The beach is clean and calm. Lot of people on the weekend. A place for bird watchers during the migration season. There is a conversation program to preserve wildlife, specially plovers. Lot of different species of birds can be seen at this location and water sports prevail. There is an island which is meant for wildlife preservation, I am not... More

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Needham, Massachusetts, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I've loved this beach since the first time I visited it. I love spending the day watching this wide expanse of beach grow and disappear with the tides.

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I've been going to Cranes Beach since 1958. No its not a mistake and I still do the 2.5 mile walk and everything I've done since then I still do. The saying," A body in motion stays in motion" are my words to live by. I lived in the Caribbean for two years, owned my own place there and other... More

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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Came here due to all the positive reviews. I have to say they were all dead on. This beach has it all. Soft sand, clean, changing rooms, snack bar,vending machine, outdoor showers, and plenty of parking. The water was so clean and you could see the bottom. People keep talking about the cost of parking but for what you get... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We visit Crane Beach weekly during the summer. And at least once a month through out the year. It is a fabulous beach in season to take the kids to. Safe. Family friendly. Clean. Large parking lot. Green heads don't bother us.. just bring some bug spray just incase for about 2 weeks in July. We walk the beach fall/winter... More

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Salem, Ma
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I love this beach. It is so scenic. The beach is long and great for walking. There are no rocks and very little sea weed. It is clean and family friendly, with bathroom, shower and snack facilities. This beach allows dogs in the Fall and Winter months. This is the most stunning beach on the North Shore.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Our first time visiting Crane Beach. I heard and read great reviews, so we decided to check it out. So glad we did. The beach is huge - great for the long scenic walks which seems to go on for miles (love it). There aren't little rocks along the shore or in the sand that make the walking uncomfortable -... More

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