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Crane Beach, Ipswich

(4.6/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
Enjoy 6 km (4 mi) of sandy beach, with dunes, clear water, and a maritime pitch pine forest at Crane Beach. Play in the water, sunbathe, or walk the 9 km (5.5 mi) of trails and boardwalks through sand dunes, forest, and salt marsh. A bar, restrooms, showers, and changing facilities are open during peak seasons, and restrooms are available year-round. Crane Beach is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Ipswich Edition.
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TripAdvisor
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 t...  more »
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  • Crane's Beach is beautiful. Definitely deserves to be in the top 10 US beaches. I grew up going to the Cape beaches and now that I live in Ipswich I'm proud to call Crane's my new favorite beach.
  • Nice beach but oh so crowded. On a nice day the parking at the beach gets filled up quick in the morning so you'll have to go to the train station to hop a ride on a bus that will cost you $5 round trip but comes every 45 minutes. Last bus leaves at 5:30pm. Good luck!
  • Beautiful beach. Generally crowded on weekends, but great on weekdays. Foot showers are not very useful, as you have to walk through sand to get to the parking lot from them. Large parking area, snackbar, changing rooms with curtains. Water is cold, like the rest of the north shore.
  • The best beach for family with kids. Nice clean bathrooms and outside shower.. The iced coffee is good. And they have hot dogs and hamburgers.
  • $30 for parking! I know they are trying to raise money,but ... It's best to bring your own food, the line is long, and service takes awhile. Beach gets crowded near the bathrooms/ food. Beach is always clean! Bathrooms/ changing house is clean and renovated. Great customer service!