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“Hard to believe you're only 25 miles from Boston”
Review of Crane Beach

Crane Beach
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Ipswich
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Enjoy the Northeast's most spectacular beach and follow trails and boardwalks through a landscape of sand dunes and salt marsh.
Boston
Level 6 Contributor
218 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Hard to believe you're only 25 miles from Boston”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

We had been to the beach many times in the summer, but we decided to check it out after last weekend's blizzard. Blue sky, pounding surf and a long walk towards the Essex end of the beach. It looked like the dunes had been sheared off by the storm and it was a little tough getting down off the boardwalk, but the beach was even more breath-taking in the winter. Just a complete escape for a couple of hours. But, yes, they still charge you to enter the parking lot, even in February. It was worth it.

Visited February 2013
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boston
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“lovely beach”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

so perfectly New England - I love to walk this beach - not over crowded and is a lovely bird preservation land

Visited September 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Best public beach in MA”
Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

You can bring your dog October - April, the beach is huge so you can walk a bit and get some peace and quiet away from the sand throwing kids when it's busy :) The trustees of reservations offers a membership and parking pass so if you plan on going several times over the year it definitely pays for itself. Beautiful scenery and a gradual sandy beach. They have the best bath house and reasonably priced snack bar of any beach I've been to. A++ in my opinion

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“One of the great public beaches in Mass.”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

It is one of the best beaches north of Boston. It is not as far as the beaches of Cape Cod but it is in their league. Lots of good things nearby to see and good restaurants.

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Bedford, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
228 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

I thought this was a beautiful beach, with ample parking. There were many families, and it was crowded, but I got there early, and was only staying a short time. The beach is very clean, and the water very cold! It was fun people watching, and a wonderful few hours. A must on your beach list! Make a stop at the Clam Shack in Ipswich and you have a perfect little day!

Visited June 2012
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