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Crane Beach

Open Now: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Beautiful Beach!!

Great spot for beach day with family, friends or by yourself. There are on-site bathrooms, gift... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alyse B
Very pretty

I am a Gloucester resident to tend to use my beaches in Gloucester for example Good Harbor and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Christine W
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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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Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
+1 978-356-4354
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot for beach day with family, friends or by yourself. There are on-site bathrooms, gift shop and a snack bar.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Alyse B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a Gloucester resident to tend to use my beaches in Gloucester for example Good Harbor and Winngeersherk which are absolutely gorgeous. All of our beaches charge $20 if you are not a resident. However last fall we attempted to go to Crane's Beach,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Christine W
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

We love going to Crane Beach. As a resident of Ipswich we have our own parking lot with easy accessibility to the beach. Starting in october going through March??? part of the beach is now open to dogs and horses. Dogs to the left horses...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed November 6, 2018

I have been going to Crane Beach for years. Although the water is cold for me-60's in the summer. The beach and life guards make it pleasant for all ages. Lots of places to water and lots of beautiful views

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank PKWMassachusetts
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Perhaps a biased local, but this beach is amazing, with stretching white sands, a relatively short hike over the dunes, and epic sunsets. Locals are spoiled with a unique parking lot so we don't complain. Updated restrooms and snack bar are the icing on the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bradgouzie
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Another hidden treasure on the North Shore. The beach is gorgeous beyond words and such a special place to visit. It will rejuvenate your soul. Take of your shoes off and let your feet absorb the sand and ocean healing properties that only nature can...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Toplss
Reviewed October 24, 2018

If you Love a beach that is not a commercial hot spot full of vendors and shops this is it. Just great views, surf and sand the way it should be unspoiled. I would say this is the nicest beach in Massachusetts. Plus Ipswich with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Thomas F
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Whatever time of year or day - we love visiting, hiking in the dunes and on the beach or just enjoying a beach day. The facilities are great and the scenery par none. The best!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bsa819
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Beach is nice but there are no waves and although there are facilities they're a really far walk from the beach itself and there are no garbage cans or blue bins on the beach. I also got ripped off $2 by them forcing me to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TOR_seetheworld
Reviewed September 7, 2018

This is a beautiful beach with a nice changing house/bathroom facility and a food/gift area. Several boardwalks to go over the dune and one flat path with mats to make it easier for beach carts and emergency vehicles. A beach cart is a good idea...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank kathyandalan
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sandra k
August 10, 2018|
Response from 282kristinel | Reviewed this property |
We were there today. The greenhead monsters were not. However, there were other lovely biting things trolling for bites. Bug spray, non deet, worked well. But it was a frenzy as we attempted our stay. The bumblebees were... More
Kelly G
August 4, 2018|
Response from lbloom616 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, especially around the edges and in the trees. When the wind's up, not much of a problem.
July 27, 2018|
Response from Neal S | Reviewed this property |
No. Signs at the beach entry specifically prohibit alcoholic beverages.
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Nancy M
Asheville, North Carolina
Greenhead flies (7 Replies)
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September 20, 2014|
Response fromOriginalThomas144|
mid-august will be fine.
Marina, California
Salem Ferry There, Train Back (2 Replies)
Hi and thanks for reading. Planning a Boston area trip and have one day where we're at Crane Beach in Ipswich, then into Boston for the rest of the evening. I'm looking forward to being near water (not much in Arizona) and had wanted to take the ferry into Boston. However, we'd like to stay Downtown a little later than the 9pm last ferry, so I was looking at taking the last train back instead. However, the problem is: where to park? First off: is it realistic to walk between the train...More
June 08, 2008|
Response fromroute507too|
I think your plan to park at the train station and walk to the ferry is a good one. You will not run into any problems (e.g. questionable neighborhoods) on your walk. It will be thru the downtown area over to Pickering Wharf area to the ferry. These areas are busy with local folks and tourists. Also, I don't think you will have a problem finding parking around 4pm.
San Francisco, California
Help with hotel & T to Ispwich (4 Replies)
We fly into Boston at 7pm on a Monday evening and I really want to have dinner at Legal Harborside (sounds like a fun place). The next day we are meeting a friend in Ipswich at the commuter station (we are not going to have a car) then off to Crane Beach for the day before we return with him to Western Mass. Here is what I need help with: Where should we stay to make it easy for us without a car to get to dinner Monday night but also to catch the commuter train to Ipswich the next day....More
August 09, 2014|
Response fromforgotmypword|
Hotel prices vary from day to day so you need to provide a date before we will be able to find you a hotel in your budget. If you will be here at a time when their is no big gatherings at the convention center than you may find bargains on hotels in the seaport district, which is near where you want to dine. The next morning you will need to get to North Station to get the train to Ipswich. A taxi will be the fastest option, subway (silver line to South Station/red line to downtown...More