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Crane Beach

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Address: Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
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+1 978-356-4354
08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00

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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What a beach

Beautiful beach any season. Very busy during summer, but fun. Fall and spring walks are the best. A real New England gem.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful beach any season. Very busy during summer, but fun. Fall and spring walks are the best. A real New England gem.

Thank BHthegood
Manchester, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This used to be our favorite stop in the area - but the last two trips have been a bit of a disappointment due to a few things. First, the dogs...we like dogs as much as anyone but not dogs we do not know left to jump on you - there is a sign at the entrance to the beach... More 

Thank chimneysweep1912
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

What a wonderful resource for folks. To my surprise, this beach has people visiting year round. It was a cold January day and we encountered many people walking their dogs and riding their horses. The beach is sprawling and somewhat protected but clean. There are (in season) areas where you can get a snack and keep cool from the summer... More 

1 Thank SandCadi
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

I've grown up in Ipswich and spent many summers at Crane Beach. It's a gorgeous drive out, and miles of beach span along the shore. The dunes are nicely protected so occasionally you're lucky enough to see some of the wildlife (mainly piping plovers) in there. The bathhouses and snack bar make it easy for families to enjoy a full... More 

Thank egp522
Bedford, United Kingdom
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176 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We were out viewing the fall last month and came across this fantastic spot. One of the most beautiful beaches we've ever been fortunate enough to find. You'll not find many this good no matter where in the world you may roam. More than worth the admission fee.

Thank hjworton
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75 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

However hard it is to get there you will not be disappointed. This place has a feeling of calmness and spirituality that just allows you to push back against the frenetic world that the USA is. The views and the blend of gentle colours is so memorable. GO !

Thank 722philipb
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Crane's is the best. As a local I have grown up here. With new bathrooms and changing areas this place is tops. Do not come in July unless you have Skin-so-Soft...Greenheads

1 Thank Greg C
Argyle, Texas
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524 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 321 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful, pristine, and on an early weekday afternoon, we almost had the beach to ourselves. We were driving through Ipswich looking at fall foliage and stopped on a whim after looking at TA activities in the area. It was awe inspiring.

1 Thank ILoveTexas
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

People visit Cranes Beach all summer, but fall is just as wonderful. Parking is cheaper and sometimes totally free. Horses are allowed on the beach and watching them romp in the water is a fabulous site!!

Thank SallyShu
Stamford CT
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290 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Enjoyed a great hike through the sand dunes, then walked back along the beach. Beautiful place, plus new and immaculate bathrooms and changing areas.

Thank SandyRiver

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