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Crane Beach

Beach and Surf Spot
Ipswich
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  • Karin D.
    "avoid those weeks in july with the greenheads."(4 Tips)
    Sue Z.
    "numerous scenic trails thru the dunes"(3 Tips)
    J H.
    "Best beach in Massachusetts."(2 Tips)
    Jon A.
    "Walk 5 minutes to left or right for more privacy/less kids"(2 Tips)
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  • Patrice M F.
    This must be #Boston well kept #secret white sand & blue 💦 and pearly white 🌌 taught I was in the island 🌴 of Jamaica, 😂
  • Kristen L.
    Kristen LeonardAugust 16, 2016
    Get there early or wait until spots open up in the late afternoon
  • Stella S.
    Stella SarJune 24, 2016
    The nicest beach in the Boston area! Worth the $25 entrance. The changing rooms are new and beautiful! Area to rinse your feet before heading to your car.
  • Gabriel C.
    Gabriel ChungJune 21, 2016
    Nice beach but crowded. Parking gets filled up quickly so you'll have to go to the train station to get a bus that will cost you $5 round trip that comes every 45 minutes. Last bus leaves at 5:30pm.
  • tuffy
    tuffyMarch 17, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Greatest beach.
  • Karin D.
    Karin DaileySeptember 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzAugust 23, 2015
    One of the most beautiful beaches of MA, parking is quite pricy, but worth it if you're there all day
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MJuly 31, 2015
    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.
  • Alena R.
    Alena RevaJune 16, 2015
    Ocean paddles for children
  • Chongwoo Y.
    Chongwoo YounAugust 25, 2014
    Parking fee of $25 from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • emily c.
    emily chenAugust 24, 2014
    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.
  • Florian B.
    Florian BAugust 24, 2014
    Wonderful beach preserved from any building and construction, with crystal clear water.
  • Vivian
    VivianAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    get there early on the weekends! parking fills up quickly.
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PalermoJuly 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    All proceeds go to the nature reserve! Become a member to get parking discounts
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJuly 1, 2014
    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
  • J H.
    J HickeyMay 7, 2014
    Best beach in Massachusetts.
  • sarah b.
    sarah bundyApril 18, 2014
    crane beach is beautiful!
  • Chanda E.
    Chanda EllisApril 16, 2014
    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?!
  • Dory 🤙 L.
    Dory 🤙 Little 🤘December 28, 2013
    Great place to bring your dog in the off season.
  • Sue Z.
    Sue ZeeOctober 6, 2013
    great at low tide, you can walk very far out. numerous scenic trails thru the dunes
  • Andrea G.
    Andrea Geoffrey-WhiteAugust 4, 2013
    Beautiful beach!!! I highly recommend going and getting there early. Water was clear and sandy.
  • Evan O.
    Evan OlsonAugust 2, 2013
    Admission gets you entry to both the beach and the mansion
  • Kapado F.
    Kapado FernandJuly 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    My Massachusetts paradise beach
  • Jen Z.
    Jen ZakJune 23, 2013
    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.
  • Douglass D.
    Douglass DavidoffJune 17, 2013
    Hamburger and snack shop accepts plastic, but only with $5 minimum
  • DV G.
    DV Green🌀November 23, 2012
    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.
  • Nancy F.
    Nancy ForrantSeptember 8, 2012
    good beach not a lot of shade tho
  • Nancy F.
    Nancy ForrantSeptember 8, 2012
    great beach
  • Jason V.
    Jason VandetteAugust 31, 2012
    Great place for boaters.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GlowackiJuly 28, 2012
    Damn you auto correct. Greenhead free.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GlowackiJuly 28, 2012
    Ah, greenheart free now
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SJuly 2, 2012
    I <3 crane! Parking is cheaper on weekdays...it's only $15! Watch out for greenheads in July!
  • Debbie C.
    Debbie CarrJuly 1, 2012
    GREENHEADS are beginning. Sit closer to the Ipswich resident side.
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 25, 2012
    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
  • Erin C.
    Erin Calvo-BacciJune 21, 2012
    Two weeks until green heads, enjoying my green head free time.
  • Kapado F.
    Kapado FernandJune 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Dave B.
    Dave BuehlerApril 16, 2012
    What a beautiful spot. Great memories from about 1970.
  • Alyssa T.
    Alyssa TMarch 22, 2012
    Great beach to go to on march 22! Lol
  • Pano A.
    Pano AnthosOctober 23, 2011
    Horses and dogs on the beach.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BarrettSeptember 6, 2011
    Great beach, shame about the nasty green-headed flies. Read more
  • Jim G.
    Jim GregoireSeptember 3, 2011
    Bring a wagon for ur stuff if u have kids - small hike to water
  • Jason H.
    Jason HemmingAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Take note of high tide and choose your spot accordingly
  • Jason H.
    Jason HemmingAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Take note of high tide and p
  • Julie P.
    Julie PowerAugust 3, 2011
    Seagulls are mean. They stole a boares head Italian sandwich out of my sisters hand and a whole bag of chips
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SleeperAugust 1, 2011
    Best beach in the North Shore! Parking is $25, so come with friends to split it with. Read more
  • Jon A.
    Jon AJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Me trustee, pay 1/2 for parking. Walk 5 minutes to left or right for more privacy/less kids
  • Sergey A.
    Sergey AJuly 18, 2011
    The beach is really nice! BUT $25 for parking :(
  • Karina A.
    Karina AguirreJuly 11, 2011
    Great beach place. It has full bathrooms, and a place to buy food including a hamburger bbq. Awesome Read more
  • winnie
    winnieAugust 21, 2010
    The burgers are good
  • Luis S.
    Luis SilvaJuly 19, 2010
    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
  • Steve P.
    Steve PescatoreJuly 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    People. There is no 's' in the name. It's Crane Beach. Not Cranes Beach.
  • Nick E.
    Nick ElwardJune 12, 2010
    Great sea scape, sand, access to water and family environment!
  • Jihun J.
    Jihun JungJuly 15, 2015
    Excellent but green head bugs
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