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Crane Beach

Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Best beach in New England!

We love going to Crane Beach. As a resident of Ipswich we have our own parking lot with easy... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jennifer R
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the place to do the ocean in the summer

I have been going to Crane Beach for years. Although the water is cold for me-60's in the summer... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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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.
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Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
+1 978-356-4354
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love going to Crane Beach. As a resident of Ipswich we have our own parking lot with easy accessibility to the beach. Starting in october going through March??? part of the beach is now open to dogs and horses. Dogs to the left horses...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have been going to Crane Beach for years. Although the water is cold for me-60's in the summer. The beach and life guards make it pleasant for all ages. Lots of places to water and lots of beautiful views

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank PKWMassachusetts
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Perhaps a biased local, but this beach is amazing, with stretching white sands, a relatively short hike over the dunes, and epic sunsets. Locals are spoiled with a unique parking lot so we don't complain. Updated restrooms and snack bar are the icing on the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bradgouzie
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Another hidden treasure on the North Shore. The beach is gorgeous beyond words and such a special place to visit. It will rejuvenate your soul. Take of your shoes off and let your feet absorb the sand and ocean healing properties that only nature can...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Toplss
Reviewed 24 October 2018

If you Love a beach that is not a commercial hot spot full of vendors and shops this is it. Just great views, surf and sand the way it should be unspoiled. I would say this is the nicest beach in Massachusetts. Plus Ipswich with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Thomas F
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Whatever time of year or day - we love visiting, hiking in the dunes and on the beach or just enjoying a beach day. The facilities are great and the scenery par none. The best!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bsa819
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Beach is nice but there are no waves and although there are facilities they're a really far walk from the beach itself and there are no garbage cans or blue bins on the beach. I also got ripped off $2 by them forcing me to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TOR_seetheworld
Reviewed 7 September 2018

This is a beautiful beach with a nice changing house/bathroom facility and a food/gift area. Several boardwalks to go over the dune and one flat path with mats to make it easier for beach carts and emergency vehicles. A beach cart is a good idea...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank kathyandalan
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Beautiful, clean, amazing beach. On a busy Sunday afternoon, there is still plenty of space to find a quiet spot. You can walk on the beach for miles. The facilities are nice. The only problem is the price. 30$ for a single visit is expensive....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Mianne76
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Have a parking sticker for year round-pays for itself quickly. Beautiful beach. Water is clear and by August it is “warm enough”. Great facilities and snack bar. One of our favorites!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank maelkimo
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sandra k
10 August 2018|
Response from 282kristinel | Reviewed this property |
We were there today. The greenhead monsters were not. However, there were other lovely biting things trolling for bites. Bug spray, non deet, worked well. But it was a frenzy as we attempted our stay. The bumblebees were... More
Kelly G
4 August 2018|
Response from lbloom616 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, especially around the edges and in the trees. When the wind's up, not much of a problem.
27 July 2018|
Response from Neal S | Reviewed this property |
No. Signs at the beach entry specifically prohibit alcoholic beverages.