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Crane Beach

Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
+1 978-356-4354
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Excellent, Clean, Upscale Beach!

Beaches are my thing. I grew up at one. Love them. But not all are created alike. Crane Beach has... read more

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Boston02116
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Boston, Massachusetts
We come back, every year!

Parking is $25; $15 if you are a Trustee member. Facilities are sssoooooo well maintained, clean... read more

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samizuqu
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Boston, Massachusetts
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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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful beach” (69 reviews)
“north shore” (38 reviews)
“low tide” (31 reviews)
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Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
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"beautiful beach"
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"low tide"
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"soft sand"
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"clean water"
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"gentle waves"
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"bath house"
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"green head flies"
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"concession stand"
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Reviewed today

Beaches are my thing. I grew up at one. Love them. But not all are created alike. Crane Beach has soft clean sand, beautiful dunes, fantastic snack/lunch offerings, clean cabanas and restrooms. Just a perfect experience. There is quite a bit of walking from the...More

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Reviewed today

Parking is $25; $15 if you are a Trustee member. Facilities are sssoooooo well maintained, clean, easy access, plenty of them. Food there is decent, as well as gift shop. Green heads are there: do NOT attempt to visit this beach with our plenty of...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I spent a week in Ipswich thinking I could do some shopping and have long walks on the beach. This is NOT the place for that. There is only ONE BEACH with ONE ACCESS POINT that is $25 to enter on weekdays. Whether you are...More

5  Thank DeenMerc
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a very beautiful beach! Parking galore and even snack food station and changing rooms with toilets and showers! A bit of a walk on the boardwalk but well worth it! Love the fresh salty air and the ocean ! Very well maintained with polite...More

2  Thank dblakely13
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything about this beach is ideal: the parking lot doesn't fill up before 10am, the fine white sand, the snack bar and restroom facilities... EXCEPT FOR THE BITING GREENHEAD FLIES. Yesterday (7/8/18) they were everywhere. One person in my group got bitten 16 times!

3  Thank E P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Places like this aren't supposed to exist any longer... miles of white sand beach with nothing behind that beach but sand dunes. No high rises, no condos, no zillion-dollar beach houses. But it does exist. It's twenty miles north of Boston just on the other...More

3  Thank Neal S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On a recent hot Sunday, Crane Beach was crowded but fortunately we know an Ipswich resident and were able to get in. If you're not a member, go early! The beach is long and wide with plenty of room for lots of folks. The bath...More

3  Thank GBS311
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It cost me (a non-resident/trustee) $25 to park BUT it’s totally worth it. 1. Plenty of parking. 2. Very clean bathrooms/changing rooms. 3. Multiple points of access to the beach that include mats for wheels (strollers, carts, wheelchairs). 4. Lots of staff present including life...More

1  Thank amandaC207603
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Large beach with great long walk potentials. Drop your seat close to the beach entrance near the crowds, or walk for bit to the edge where you'll have plenty of space. Park rangers are friendly and incredibly helpful. Our favorite beach in New England...

1  Thank JenniOmatic
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can walk and walk and walk and walk and walk some more ... ... also the hike through the dunes is breathtaking, but bring water along. Not many people explore these dunes, but if you do it's like a mini vacation to Denmark. A...More

Thank Christianne M
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crb16
July 7, 2018|
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Response from Neal S | Reviewed this property |
On a summer weekday, the parking lot is unlikely to fill up. My best trick is to arrive after noon --- when the 'early birds' have left and there are spots in the front two or three rows!
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Jill P
July 3, 2018|
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Response from Neal S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they were out this past weekend. I have a bite to prove it.
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