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Crane Beach

Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
+1 978-356-4354
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Family fun

We love this beach and come by every year when we bring our son to college. Family friendly and... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2015
New York
Pristine Sand, absolutely gorgeous!!!

One of the BEST beaches I have been to. The sand is fine and clean, the water is perfect for all... read more

Reviewed September 2, 2015
Providence, Rhode Island
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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” (30 reviews)
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Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
+1 978-356-4354
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Reviewed September 5, 2015

We love this beach and come by every year when we bring our son to college. Family friendly and clean with all the amenities. The only thing we noticed was that the beach was receding probably as a result of the severe weather thtoughout the...More

1  Thank Palmtreeslover
Reviewed September 2, 2015

One of the BEST beaches I have been to. The sand is fine and clean, the water is perfect for all kinds of play. There is plenty of room to spread out, and relax. I love the walk - if you go past the Castle...More

Thank GGSays2
Reviewed September 1, 2015

We drove from Cheshire MA just to go to this beach. We had been there a few years ago, but this time it was more crowded, which to us is a good thing. We like to people watch as well as swim in the waves....More

1  Thank Janice B
Reviewed September 1, 2015

Clean, well taken care of. Nice people. Went to see the wind robots!!! Had a good time. Near Salem, make a week-end of it.

Thank sec123114
Reviewed August 31, 2015

Crane Beach is a great beach option for folks living within an hour's distance of Ipswich, MA. I have visited the beach several times and have always had a great experience. It has a little of everything. The tide pools are great for kids and...More

Thank Ransher S
Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

On my way was a gorgeous view, the Beach was very clean and peaceful, my two years old enjoyed the water and played with the sand, Crane beach a nice place to spend with the family in the summer,just love it.

Thank Marie M
Reviewed August 25, 2015

Crane Beach is a beautiful beach! Avoid the beach however during greenhead season (clearly marked on their website and Twitter page). They go away after the full moon. Water is great and SO much beach to walk on. Dogs are allowed off season. Buy the...More

Thank Jane D
Reviewed August 22, 2015

Attempted to go on a Saturday for an event. The website gave no indication of expected parking difficulties, but upon arrival in the area, the police were directing traffic in a circle, with NO direction about where to park, and the closest you could get...More

1  Thank Scott_M_SubGuy
Reviewed August 17, 2015

Glad this is run by a non-profit organization. Can you imagine what it would be if it was run by a for profit organization? They should be ashamed. I think this is the highest beach parking cost in Cape Ann

1  Thank fmptak
Reviewed August 17, 2015

Crane Beach is a beautiful and popular beach. On a nice weekend, expect it to be very crowded but if you are willing to walk 10 minutes the crowds thin out quite a lot. [This may also put you out of range of the lifeguards]...More

1  Thank chammerkin
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October 29, 2017|
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Response from LoriCt | Reviewed this property |
off season
Michele N
September 12, 2017|
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Response from catz86 | Reviewed this property |
A profoundly glorious site horses & dogs jubilant in the ocean. Off season however with climate change there are more & more unseasonably warm temperatures making "beach day" weather at much more affordable prices. However... More
August 15, 2017|
Response from betsyk757 |
The beach closes at sunset, so you won't be able to star gaze except outside the gate.