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Crane Beach

Beach and Surf Spot
310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, MA 01938, United States
9.1/10

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    Roger S.
    "... beach, although the greenheads can be bothersome in July/August"(5 Tips)
    Sue Z.
    "numerous scenic trails thru the dunes"(3 Tips)
    Karin D.
    "my favorite beach in massachusetts."(2 Tips)
    Erin C.
    "Two weeks until green heads, enjoying my green head free time."(3 Tips)
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  • tuffy
    Greatest beach.
    tuffy · March 17
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  • Karin D.
    my favorite beach in massachusetts. avoid those weeks in july with the greenheads. walk far from the stairs (left or right) to have space all to yourself.
    Karin Dailey · September 12, 2015
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  • Sofia U.
    One of the most beautiful beaches of MA, parking is quite pricy, but worth it if you're there all day
    Sofia Uz · August 23, 2015
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  • Rebecca M.
    One of the best beaches around--just try not to visit during greenhead fly season--they bite and are very annoying. They warn you before you pay for parking.
    Rebecca M · July 31, 2015
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  • Alena R.
    Ocean paddles for children
    Alena Reva · June 16, 2015
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  • Chongwoo Y.
    Parking fee of $25 from Memorial Day to Labor Day
    Chongwoo Youn · August 25, 2014
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  • emily c.
    Visit the Crane Estate/Castle Hill and pay the $10/car to visit the estate AND get access to the beach (vs. a $25 parking pass) via hiking through a foot path. a scenic route and takes about 30 min.
    emily chen · August 24, 2014
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  • Florian B.
    Wonderful beach preserved from any building and construction, with crystal clear water.
    Florian B · August 24, 2014
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  • Vivian
    get there early on the weekends! parking fills up quickly.
    Vivian · August 10, 2014
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  • Roger S.
    Love the beach, although the greenheads can be bothersome in July/August
    Roger Shepard · July 15, 2014
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  • Michelle P.
    All proceeds go to the nature reserve! Become a member to get parking discounts
    Michelle Palermo · July 4, 2014
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  • BU Today
    This picturesque, 4-mile beach sports white sand, tidal pools, sand bars plus over 5 miles of trails winding through coastal dunes. There is a $2 fee to use the beach. Read more
    BU Today · July 1, 2014
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  • J H.
    Best beach in Massachusetts.
    J Hickey · May 7, 2014
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  • sarah b.
    crane beach is beautiful!
    sarah bundy · April 18, 2014
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  • Chanda E.
    My FAVORITE beach! As opposed to Hampton you won't have drunk teens running around or step on disgusting garbage. Plus all proceeds go to the nature reserve! How cute is that?!
    Chanda Ellis · April 16, 2014
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  • Dory L.
    Great place to bring your dog in the off season.
    Dory Little · December 28, 2013
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  • Sue Z.
    great at low tide, you can walk very far out. numerous scenic trails thru the dunes
    Sue Zee · October 6, 2013
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  • Andrea G.
    Beautiful beach!!! I highly recommend going and getting there early. Water was clear and sandy.
    Andrea Geoffrey-White · August 4, 2013
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  • Evan O.
    Admission gets you entry to both the beach and the mansion
    Evan Olson · August 2, 2013
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  • Kapado F.
    My Massachusetts paradise beach
    Kapado Fernand · July 5, 2013
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  • Jen Z.
    Beautiful long beach with great amenities. Parking is $25 on weekends and there's no waves. Expect the beach to be crowded near the staircase entrance. Down to the right is more space.
    Jen Zak · June 23, 2013
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  • Douglass D.
    Hamburger and snack shop accepts plastic, but only with $5 minimum
    Douglass Davidoff · June 17, 2013
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  • DV G.
    Crane Beach is a 1,234-acre (4.99 km2) conservation and recreation property. It consists of a four mile (6 km) long sandy beachfront, dunes, and a maritime pitch pine forest.
    DV Green🌀 · November 23, 2012
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  • Nancy F.
    good beach not a lot of shade tho
    Nancy Forrant · September 8, 2012
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  • Nancy F.
    great beach
    Nancy Forrant · September 8, 2012
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  • Jason V.
    Great place for boaters.
    Jason Vandette · August 31, 2012
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  • Chris G.
    Damn you auto correct. Greenhead free.
    Chris Glowacki · July 28, 2012
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  • Chris G.
    Ah, greenheart free now
    Chris Glowacki · July 28, 2012
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  • Jennifer S.
    I <3 crane! Parking is cheaper on weekdays...it's only $15! Watch out for greenheads in July!
    Jennifer S · July 2, 2012
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  • Debbie C.
    GREENHEADS are beginning. Sit closer to the Ipswich resident side.
    Debbie Carr · July 1, 2012
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  • BU Today
    The white sands stretching for miles along both sides of Castle Neck form one of the most picturesque beaches in New England. Bicycle parking is $2 year-round; check website for other parking fees. Read more
    BU Today · June 25, 2012
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  • Erin C.
    Two weeks until green heads, enjoying my green head free time.
    Erin Calvo-Bacci · June 21, 2012
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  • Kapado F.
    Great place ,I am becoming a member for free parking . The green headed flies are thy only enemy here .Killed 6 today beat my score bro!
    Kapado Fernand · June 20, 2012
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  • Dave B.
    What a beautiful spot. Great memories from about 1970.
    Dave Buehler · April 16, 2012
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  • Alyssa T.
    Great beach to go to on march 22! Lol
    Alyssa T · March 22, 2012
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  • Pano A.
    Horses and dogs on the beach.
    Pano Anthos · October 23, 2011
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  • Steve B.
    Great beach, shame about the nasty green-headed flies. Read more
    Steve Barrett · September 6, 2011
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  • Jim G.
    Bring a wagon for ur stuff if u have kids - small hike to water
    Jim Gregoire · September 3, 2011
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  • Jason H.
    Take note of high tide and choose your spot accordingly
    Jason Hemming · August 13, 2011
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  • Jason H.
    Take note of high tide and p
    Jason Hemming · August 13, 2011
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  • Julie P.
    Seagulls are mean. They stole a boares head Italian sandwich out of my sisters hand and a whole bag of chips
    Julie Power · August 3, 2011
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  • Lauren S.
    Best beach in the North Shore! Parking is $25, so come with friends to split it with. Read more
    Lauren Sleeper · August 1, 2011
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  • Jon A.
    Me trustee, pay 1/2 for parking. Walk 5 minutes to left or right for more privacy/less kids
    Jon A · July 19, 2011
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  • Sergey A.
    The beach is really nice! BUT $25 for parking :(
    Sergey A · July 18, 2011
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  • Karina A.
    Great beach place. It has full bathrooms, and a place to buy food including a hamburger bbq. Awesome Read more
    Karina Aguirre · July 11, 2011
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  • winnie
    The burgers are good
    winnie · August 21, 2010
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  • Luis S.
    1/2 price after 3pm for thouse lazy Bostonians that wake up at noon like me. Stay until the sunsets. Look for the High tide sign at the entrance knowing high tide will help you know where to put down
    Luis Silva · July 19, 2010
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  • Steve P.
    People. There is no 's' in the name. It's Crane Beach. Not Cranes Beach.
    Steve Pescatore · July 3, 2010
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  • Nick E.
    Great sea scape, sand, access to water and family environment!
    Nick Elward · June 12, 2010
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  • Jihun J.
    Excellent but green head bugs
    Jihun Jung · July 15, 2015
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