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Crane Beach

Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We make a 2.5 hour drive every year to visit Crane Beach. The dunes and distance from any public space give you the feel that you've stepped back in time. The beach is beautiful and quiet large and does get crowded on summertime weekends. Careful in July as the Greenheads (large biting flies) are pretty bad. After October (I think)... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Love this beach but they have got to get those lifeguards out of their little house! In 3 hours only 2 girls went on patrol together. The rest of them were at their house talking and laughing. Working, I don't think so. We watched kids playing with the buoys at low tide for at least 1/2 hour, I made comment... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
16 reviews 16 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Just based on the one time I was there, I really enjoyed it! No seaweed or rocks to speak of, plenty of parking, and a snack bar to boot. My only complaint would be the price. $25 to get in and park is a little steep but, split between a car full of people, and it's worth it.

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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83 reviews 83 reviews
4 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

No flies in mid July. This beach was wicked crowded on a Sunday. As you cross onto the beach take a right and walk as far away from the crowds as you can. Once away from the masses-this place is beautiful! If you're visiting from outside New England-no we don't actually swim at the beach. Put your foot in the... More

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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178 reviews 178 reviews
38 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Packed on 4th of July weekend. Too busy for me; I'll try again on a weekday. Greenhead flies? Didn't see any, but it was a windy day. You may wish to take some repellant. $25 admission for your car. Go after 3pm: it's $15. If you are a regular, get a membership. Free bath house available; food and drink also... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
36 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Crane Beach is beautiful. Its sand is soft and white, and its water is cool and perfect for a hot summer day. The spectacular view of the ocean scenery was certainly relaxing... great for a picnic with friends and family. However, there was one problem that really bugged me... greenhead flies. We visited in June and these annoying little pests... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The sand and the beach are wonderful. Parking is plentiful but the only downside if the 25$ fee. I guess it's a plus because it could possibly be the reason it's so nice over there as it keeps people who would make it a mess ... away.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Long stretch of white sand with extensive sandbars so the water is fairly shallow for a good distance. This helps with the temperature. Good amenities at the beach.

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Somerville, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

A few year's ago my family and I started supporting the Trustees of the Reservation each year by becoming members and purchasing annual beach passes to Crane's Beach. I love the dependable service of the maintenance and care the property receives on an annual basis and the philosophy behind keeping the natural environment clean and protected. The fee for access... More

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South Berwick, Maine
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I live in Maine, so Crane Beach is a bit of a drive but it's really one of the best in the area. I've visited twice, once when it was busy and again when it was a bit quiet. Both times were wonderful. When it's busy, there's still room so you don't feel like you're being crowded and when it's... More

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