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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, Outdoors
Activities: Kayaking
Owner description: Enjoy the Northeast's most spectacular beach and follow trails and boardwalks through a landscape...
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Kayaking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Over a mile of nice white sand with shallow water at low tide. The huge parking lot fills up fast on hot summer days so come early...before 10:00 AM on weekends. Only one road in/out so traffic may be backed up. Clean bathrooms and showers/dressing areas, good food available at reasonable prices. No shade! At high tide the water comes... More 

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Boxford, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The beach is long with white sand bordered by sea grasses and wooden boardwalks that take you over the grasses. On the end of the beach that borders the Crane Estate there are some rocks but otherwise the beach is easy walking without rocks or pebbles. One of our favorite times to visit is the hour or two prior to... More 

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North Reading, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We have been members of the Trustees for years because of Crane Beach. It stretches for miles and is always clean and beautiful. The view of the ocean and gentle crashing of the waves is breathtaking. I visit several times per month all year round. Highly recommended!

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I visited on a nice day in late October. It was $5 per car. Beach wasn't empty, but wasn't crowded, people walking dogs and strolling. Beach is super pretty, amazing fine sand.

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Worcester, MA
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160 reviews 160 reviews
43 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It's not free - parking costs $10 and then $3 for each dog unless you are an Ipswich resident or a trustee. There are two areas - a leash and a no leash area. The no leash area is wonderful for dogs - the day we were there all kinds of breeds were running around. Most owners were good about... More 

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tristate NYC area
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103 reviews 103 reviews
18 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I am not local so have only been here in October in both 2013 and 2014. It has become one of my favorite places. At that time of year there are still a good number of people walking dogs, playing in the surf, and sitting on the beach itself. I loved all the sandbars and enjoyed watching the beach disappear... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

, Loved the gorgeous landscape, peaceful! Enjoyed watching several dogs & owners play. Walked a couple of hours. Time flew by.

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Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I love this beach, green heads or no. It's pristine, it massive, it's part of the Trustees of Reservation, it respects the natural habitat of the indigenous flora and fauna and it lies at the feet of the magnificent Crane Estate. Well worth any wait you have or miles you have travelled. BUT, going during the week affords tons of... More 

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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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