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Crane Beach

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Address: Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
Phone Number: 978-356-4354
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Enjoy the Northeast's most spectacular beach and follow trails and...

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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One of the most beautiful beaches in New England

It's our favorite beach. Yes it can be crowded. Yes you should avoid it when the monstrous green heads are about. But with this year's summer heat wave the water was warm enough... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Iintrepid
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's our favorite beach. Yes it can be crowded. Yes you should avoid it when the monstrous green heads are about. But with this year's summer heat wave the water was warm enough to swim in and there are always opportunities for long walks and people watching.

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Thank Iintrepid
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37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heard so much about this beach and was not disappointed. My wife and I walked for about two hours just soaking up the peace and beauty of this place.

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Hobe Sound, Florida
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there in winter with snow and wind. Always beautiful to see the snow to the waterline. Along the bay. Traverses beach, wetlands and mash areas.

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Thank Tim H
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an atlantic gem. Big and broad, well maintained, lots of parking, a bath house, food and drinks, lifeguards, perfect sand, and a 10 foot tide. It's really amazing.

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Thank Brinedolive
Janesville, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When we visit our daughter in Massachusetts we often take a day or two to spend time at Crane Beach. The beach feels big even when there are lots of people there. We have room to have our separate space among the shovels and beach toys that accompany other visitors. Enjoying the sunshine on a beautiful summer day and swimming... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Crane Beach is a wonderful- and popular- place. So it's best to avoid peak usage days as the traffic gets heavy. But the beach is huge, so once you are parked (expensive on summer weekends), the beach is fine, even with a crowd.

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Thank MassaHari
Bradford, Massachusetts
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192 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited 2 weeks after Labor day on a perfect day. Very few people on this popular beach. Visited at low tide which is great for a run along the waterline. Check out the ruins of a ship that may be the Ada K. Damon which ran aground in 1909. Incredible views along the water and plenty of trails to explore.

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Thank dave d
Boston, MA
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this beach - except during greenhead season (usually the entiire month of July). Bordered by sand dunes, overlooked by the Crane Estate, and with views of Plum Island, this beach is really scenic.

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Thank JakenSydsmom
Andover, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Crane Beach via the parking at the house. It was a beautiful day and yet the beach was not crowded - you could find your own spot. The busiest area, of course, was that part nearest the parking lot. The sea was lovely and warm and clear. By parking at the house, we were then able to... More 

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Troy, NY, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am used to it now, how very, very cold are these ocean waters north of Boston. Still, I can't seem to stay away. This was my first visit to Crane Beach, and the sand is soft and the dunes are beautiful...but swimming...you have to brace yourself. But here in the great Northeast, that's just part of the landscape. It... More 

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