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: 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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By: Guest
Posted: 01/05/2018 03:30

I have never been to Crane beach and am happy to know that the beach lives up to its reputation. Is there a fee to enter the beach and the property? I am so eager to know more details on the beach and the property.

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By: Guest
Posted: 12/04/2017 06:43

Crane beach is one of the most wonderful beaches where you can spend your holiday with the kids here. There are many activities performed on the beach and most of them would like the place very much. So if you are interested to go there, then come and join.wholesale android tablets

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By: Guest
Posted: 09/18/2017 07:44

Since Crane Beach is one of the gorgeous beaches on the East Coast, this one is the absolute place for have fun with children. It is sure that they can enjoy very much once came here. Please update more details and pictures of this Crane Beach.

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By: Guest
Posted: 08/28/2017 07:43

This is the best place for the kids to enjoy and to spend their time. At crane beach, we have the seaside scavenger hunt and is an exciting way to spend the afternoon. So if you are interested in this activity then come and join the hunt.

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