Crane Beach

Crane Beach, Ipswich: Hours, Address, Crane Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

Crane Beach
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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WellTraveled3
Lexington, MA748 contributions
Great Beach All Year Round
Dec 2020
Crane's Beach is one of the nicest beaches in Massachusetts, which can be accessed year-round. Great trails or explore in the dunes as well. An entrance fee is charged ($10 per car, $5 for Crane's Beach trustee members).
Written December 26, 2020
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CocoVieja
Cambridge, MA18 contributions
Wonderful day on the beach
Aug 2020
Enjoyed taking teenage nephews for an outing during a nice summer day. They swam all day. Excellent safety protocols and advance booking with Trustees.
Written November 3, 2020
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Lynda
Santa Monica, CA8 contributions
No Cranes at Crane Beach
Aug 2020
No free wifi
No surfing waves
No cranes at Crane Beach
Too many families
The beach was too sandy
No drone photography allowed

The parking was easy if you're a Trustee Member. Not sure why other reviews said it was difficult.
Written September 17, 2020
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Ei G
Westford, MA8 contributions
Disappointing - probably my last year membership
Sep 2020
The way The Trustees have been managing the Crane Beach Parking permits is ridiculous. They are unprofessional.

Understandably there is Covid and need for social distancing, which requires to limit the accesses... and maybe indeed only allow grant acces to the Trustees members, which happens via webpage and required days in advance.

Here is the problem: the system doesn't work. My wife and I tried numerous times in vain. The system stalls between each step, and even in the last step of the burdensome sequence of steps. To eventually end with the system responding 'no tickets available (anymore)'.

The people who developed this system have done a terrible job, and they seem to not care either. Writing an email won't help, because no answer. Rarely felt so disrespected - as a years long member.

I will probably not sign up again as member next year.
Written September 3, 2020
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CawW
3 contributions
Amazing beach day!
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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Sherry L
1 contribution
Really disappointed about access...
May 2020
I agree with Pat C. Paid $250 to be a member and get parking passes, and here it is, August and I have yet to be able to get a pass to get to the beach. I understand COVID related issues and I understand supporting conservation of our natural spaces and resources. But this was a waste of money.

If they ever return to a more normal schedule and access, this is an excellent beach. I love it and have been coming for many many years.

But I'm going to give it up for now. Very disappointing.
Written August 7, 2020
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pat c
Somerville, MA34 contributions
Membership is Useless. Reserve your day in advance OR be turned away at the gate!
Jul 2020
Trustees for Reservations, owner of Crane Beach, needs to put front & center on their website, "No-one, absolutely no-one, will be admitted without an advance reservation."

We planned our weekend around a trip to Crane Beach. We gave the beach website a quick once over & found nothing that mandated advance registration. A member of the Trustees for Reservations, who has been to the beach many times, drove us over to the beach yesterday. When we got to the entrance of the beach, where the admission guards are, we were told that due to COVID-19, only 1,000 cars?/people? would be allowed per day. We were told that every Monday at noon & every Thursday at noon, the reservations become available (for the following 3 days?). Advanced Registration REQUIRED - -That should be front & center on their official website, not buried in the fine print.

Other Massachusetts beaches, such as the Winthrop beaches, aren't controlling admittance. I'm a lifelong Massachusetts resident and will never return to Crane Beach. There is no excuse for not being kind to people and not being forthright with what the rules are. It was a wasted trip for us on a scorching hot day.
Written July 27, 2020
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kerrih442018
Selkirk, NY261 contributions
Cold day on a pretty beach.
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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John M
4 contributions
Membership is almost useless
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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Mary L
1 contribution
Dune walk
Jan 2020 • Friends
I love coming here in the summer but decided to check out the dune walk this January. There are multiple loops so you can make it as long or as short as you please. The trails are well marked and it is very peaceful
Written February 2, 2020
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