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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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Best Beach in New England

For a beautiful stretch of sand and clear water, there's no match...CRANE beach is my oasis in the East...walk all the way to the right and find yourself on your own stretch of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Pedro R
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Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
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Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

For a beautiful stretch of sand and clear water, there's no match...CRANE beach is my oasis in the East...walk all the way to the right and find yourself on your own stretch of paradise...ENJOY!

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Eugene, Oregon
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While the newly increased admission fee is steep ($30 as of 2016 summer season), the fees do go toward keeping up the lovely facilities, showers etc, and keeping the beach clean. Beautiful dunes to the sandy shore line. Quiet crowded with sunbathers and families, but pleasantly so-- like the beach in JAWS without the shark. Food available at the cafe.... More 

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Lowell, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely beach in a quiet area. It is worth the trip to see this pretty beach, with its soft sand and awesome view. Totally worth the 25 dollars to get in. Nice bathroom facilities to change.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent half the day here yesterday and would've stayed longer if I didn't have to fly back home. It was only an hour north of Boston and the last stretch of the ride is pretty. Very well cared for and parking is a breeze. Lots of outside showers to clean up with and some changing areas as well. There is... More 

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Vernon, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Crane Beach as it is in close proximity to a family member's new house. The drive there is beautiful on back roads with stone walls and gorgeous landscape. The Crane house sits atop a hill looking over the ocean and adds to the beauty of the area. There is plenty of parking and the beach is easy to... More 

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Thank motts11
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice sand, cold water. Lunch shack, restrooms/changing areas and little beach store on site. $30 to park but that's gets you entry to the mansion grounds as well. Has waves but still good for kids 5+ who are adequate swimmers.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like others, I will say this is not a public beach. It is very well maintained but expensive for what it is - we paid $25 to park and enjoy. Changing facilities and showers are available, as is food. Lifeguards are on duty. All in all, I do recommend but again, this is not a public beach.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Run by The Trustees of the Reservation, Cranes Beach is a beautiful barrier beach. Five miles long, litter free and sand box quality sand. I particularly like early morning and late afternoon walks here. Boardwalks connect parking lots over the dunes to as far as the eye can see beauty. One caveat - green head flies invade after the full... More 

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manchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to visit the beach that i used to go to as a child and after a 10 minute drive found it now requires a fee to get access to the beach. Since it is not a public beach and owned by the Crane Trust, people have to pay. The sign posted said that it was $25 to enter, I'm... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I arrived at 7 PM because this place was so highly rated. The problem was that it closed at 7:55. So to have to pay the $15 fee and then be a clock-watcher, did not make the experience very positively memorable. Sadly

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