Crane Beach
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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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JoeKupe
Victor, NY613 contributions
Sep 2022
We have been to Crane Beach many times over the course of the last ten years and we love the expansive sand, the ability to take long walks and the overall beautiful scenery. The parking lot is quite large so even when it is packed with cars we feel as though we have plenty of room on the beach to relax and play (soccer, paddle, etc.). After a day at Crane Beach we almost always stop by Down River Ice Cream on our drive home (about ten minutes away) to complete a well rounded summer day. Crane Beach has restrooms, a small gift shop and snack bar, but as stated above we’d rather stop for excellent ice cream on our way home and instead of going to the snack bar pack in our lunch for the day!

Admission does run on the high side and at busy times you need to secure an entry pass online before you go so please check out the Crane Beach web site if you are visiting and if you are planning to go more than once a membership can be well worth looking into.
Written October 25, 2022
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Sandi B
Manchester, CT2 contributions
Jul 2022
My husband and I were staying at the Waddingfield Estate and planned purchased an out of state one day pass online. The pass cost cost $40.00 for an out of state, rain or shine. Thank goodness it was shining . The facilities to change were great, the bathrooms have those compostable toilets that always have a way of making me feel uneasy. There were plenty of paths to get to the actual beach, one further down than the other. Sand was nice, no debris on the beach like seaweed and rocks. The water was very low at high tide and pretty chilly. No one was really in the water past their knees due to all the shark activity on the coast. It's kid friendly and they usually have no problem with the temp. There are so many beaches on the East coast and we love to find them. This was one of them on the Bay side, but we like more action with the waves. We are glad we experienced it but probably would not go there again.
Written July 30, 2022
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CawW
3 contributions
Aug 2020
Had a great day at the beach! We stayed the whole day! The water was plenty warm to swim in and there was no seaweed. No greenheads either. The snackbar was delicious (wish they did french fries though) and the bathrooms were very clean. The beach felt very safe and everyone was respecting the mask rule. We would not hesitate to come back here.

You do need a reservation to get in. You can buy your weekend ticket online for $50/car. It is expensive but they are cutting down their number of guests so that we can be safe. Cranes beach website is very clear about everyone needing a reservation and there are about 5 huge signs before along the drive warning you that you will be turned away if you do not have a reservation.
Written August 10, 2020
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sheilan65
Groton, MA1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Couples
Beautiful beach and used to be able to visit frequently until new parking pass system was implemented. My grandparents took me here in the 70’s . Spent many days here with my children when they were young. Sadly unable to visit the beach when they have flown home for a visit. I have been a long time member and have purchased the annual pass in hopes of improving my chances of actually going to the beach when it is above 60 degree and before 4p. Despite sitting at my computer at noon on Thursday I have been unsuccessful.
Written July 30, 2022
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John M
4 contributions
Jun 2020
As a Member with a parking permit, I have been unable to use the beach due to unknown restrictions and a frustrating website. Covid is understandbly putting strain on the availability of the area and requiring coordination to enable people to utulize the beach. However, I believed that a membership, with an additional cost for a parking pass, would enable me to have access to the beach. I have tried to obtain a time slot by logging on the day passes become available only to find them unavailable or requiring a fee. The $250 spent has gone to waste.
Written July 16, 2020
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Tess C
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Solo
Don’t bother paying the $250 membership fee if you can’t even step foot on the beach in the summer. As a local and a member for years, I can’t even get a reservation. No longer renewing my membership! It’s a shame because this is my favorite place but I can only go in the winter, ridiculous.
Written July 21, 2022
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Ria K
Boston, MA5 contributions
Jul 2021
Nice beach with clean water. The water is not as cold as other beaches at the area. You can visit some nice farms and grab some doughnuts on your way there. You have to pay for a parking and during weekends can be challenging to find a spot
Written June 21, 2022
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VIJCP
Leominster, MA46 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
This is one of the best beaches in MA. Visited in early July. Water wasn't clean this time and again it was green head fly season. It wasn't as bad, but green head fly were there. I got bitten couples of time. Also this time, fee was increased to $45 for non-members. Very high compare to other places where parking is lot cheaper.
Written July 14, 2021
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conashkat
South Hamilton, MA15 contributions
Jun 2021
The beach is great but don't bother trying to get in during the summer. We are long term permit holders who live locally and cannot get tickets to enter even though we sit by the computer ready for when they are released. Tickets sell out immediately. Definitely questioning what if any, is the value of being a permit holder if we can never get access to the beach even though the threat of Covid outdoors is now negligible.
Written June 3, 2021
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kerrih442018
Selkirk, NY408 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Super windy upon arrival - very overcast. But since you have to pre-pay $45 and there are no refunds we had to check it out. Lots of parking. We had planned on bringing my elderly dad. Glad he had to abort this trip as it would not have been easy to get him to the waters edge. No real handicap access. The kids got salads at the snack shack and a buffalo chicken wrap - they enjoyed it all. Mad at myself for not grabbing a beach umbrella before the shop closed, as I couldn’t find mine! On a better and sunny day this is a must try! Oh and the bathrooms are meticulous.
Written July 17, 2020
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