Crane Beach
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA
Hours:8 a.m. to sunset daily
Fee: Admission fees vary depending on vehicle and time of day; Trustees of Reservations members receive a discount
Contact:; 978-356-4354

Bathrooms: At the bathhouse
Water/Snacks: Water fountain near the bathhouse; snack bar open seasonally

White sand beaches, gorgeous views, and trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and crosscountry skiing make Crane Beach a family favorite.

A seaside scavenger hunt at Crane Beach is an exciting way to spend the afternoon.
Photo by: Kim Foley MacKinnon

Crane Beach is well known as one of the most gorgeous beaches on the East Coast. It lives up to its reputation, but it’s more than just a beach. The property is part of the Crane Estate, a complex of more than 2,000 acres comprising the beach, the dunes, Castle Hill, a wildlife refuge, and the 59-room Stuart-style mansion called the Great House on Castle Hill, all owned by The Trustees of Reservations.

More than 5 miles of trails lead through the protected coastal dunes, which are part of the Bay Circuit Trail. Kids, however, will most likely want to stay by the water. Pick up a scavenger hunt from the visitor center— the laminated sheets are attached to a bucket—and explore the water’s edge, looking for razor clam shells, sand dollars, crab shells, and other evidence of sea creatures. Trustees employees often have special family-friendly programs running in summer, so be sure to check their schedule.

Remember: Flotation devices are not allowed. You can bring a dog October 1 through March 30 if you have registered for the Trustees’ Green Dogs program, which is free for members.

Plan B:

Nearby Appleton Farms and Grass Rides (Trip 77) is a charming seventeenth-century farm still in operation, also run by the Trustees.

Where to Eat Nearby:

You can eat at the snack bar or head back to MA 133 for clam shacks and ice cream spots.



By: Guest
Posted: 04/16/2018 07:50

 I haven’t visited this beach before. Where is this beach situated? It will be good if the parents take their kids to these places so that they can really enjoy their holidays with their family. Try to share the location of this place. cheapest internet service providers in my area

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By: Guest
Posted: 04/16/2018 03:51

I think it’s a perfect destination for kids as it is clear from the given image. The atmosphere is also very good. Where is it actually located? If you don’t mind sharing some more details about the same. paris sightseeing tours

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By: Guest
Posted: 02/03/2018 01:46

Most of them like to go to beaches. It is fun to play in beach and enjoy these moments with your friends and family. There are many beautiful beaches around the world. Crane beach will be a perfect destination for all. Trinity Builders Reviews

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By: Guest
Posted: 02/02/2018 06:48

Very excited to know about this beach. I think this will be an apt place for all those who are looking a beautiful place to spend their leisure time. Please upload more photos of this beach. Hope you will update it along with the route map. best cable deals

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By: Guest
Posted: 01/12/2018 06:30

I have heard of this beach as it is quite popular among people because of the cool atmosphere and climate. It is one of the most wanted destinations in that area. I will go and spend some time there every month. hotel metropole catalina island

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By: Guest
Posted: 01/10/2018 06:36

I was looking for some good place to take my kids out. Thanks to you for sharing details of the Crane Beach. I hope this is near to where we stay and they will love spending their evening on a beautiful beach like this. Thanks.  

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