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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. To visit Crane Beach on your trip to Ipswich, use our Ipswich online sightseeing planner.
Crane Beach reviews
We have been to Crane Beach many times over the course of the last ten years and we love the expansive sand, the ability to take long walks and the overall beautiful scenery. The parking lot is...
We have been to Crane Beach many times over the course of the last ten years and we love the expansive sand, the ability to take long walks and the overall beautiful scenery. The parking lot is... more »
As a once-and-future resident of the area, I am a fan of walking on the beach and had s spectacular visit to Cranes in the good ole days. Like other reviewers, I sadly find the cost of visiting...
As a once-and-future resident of the area, I am a fan of walking on the beach and had s spectacular visit to Cranes in the good ole days. Like other reviewers, I sadly find the cost of visiting... more »
We spent an afternoon on Crane’s Beach and it was lovely. Beautiful beach, nice cold water (we’re from South West Florida where the Gulf is 90’!!) and so refreshing. Plenty of parking and nice...
We spent an afternoon on Crane’s Beach and it was lovely. Beautiful beach, nice cold water (we’re from South West Florida where the Gulf is 90’!!) and so refreshing. Plenty of parking and nice... more »
Beautiful beach to hang out with friends and family. Yes it does have a nice bathroom/change to clean up afterwards
Certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in the state…would highly recommend checking out the gorgeous dune trails which provide breathtaking views of the Atlantic as well as Essex bay
First time the other day. Heat wave all week and the water was about 62 (tolerable but not for too long). $40 for parking is quite expensive. I think $20 would be fair and maybe $30 for non-MA residents. Beach was mainly clean. It was about 96 out and got a blister on my toe from the hot sand. Gentle waves, so great to relax in. Very clean bathrooms, and a shower/foot wash area. Has a food bar/truck but I brought my own food. Saw a fish in the water the length of my arm. Found a sea snail the size of my fist. Many seagulls (one pooped in front of me in the water). Horrible green headed horse flies. Had one in the morning when I got there (wouldn’t let me be), and came across a few more walking down the shoreline. If the parking wasn’t so expensive (and was a little closer to home), I’d come here again. Got there around 8 when the place just opened up (on a Friday), and no car line. I think the lot fills up by 11 or noon.
The beach is absolutely beautiful! I am from out of state and did not realize that it would be closed and you can't go to watch the sunrise, so that was a bummer. But we went back later in the day and paid $10 to visit. It was absolutely worth the $10. I absolutely love that they keep the dunes safe for wildlife. So many shells to collect as well.
Incredibly beautiful sand banks and dunes. Lovely för shorter walks along the beach to look at crustaceans or among the dunes. There's nothing not to love.
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