Crane Beach on the Crane Estate

photo of Crane Beach Boardwalk
399 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
978-356-4354

Enjoy the Northeast’s most spectacular beach and follow trails and boardwalks through a landscape of sand dunes and salt marsh. At Crane Beach, you’ll enjoy one of the finest beaches and outdoor recreation destinations on the East Coast. With its clean, inviting water, miles of shoreline, and mesmerizing views, Crane Beach has been a favorite with the ocean-loving public for generations. There’s more to see here than sun and sand. Crane Beach is managed for both recreation and conservation – people and ecology – through careful planning. Crane Beach is fully staffed and offers the following visitor services and amenities: parking attendants, EMT's, interpretive rangers, lifeguards, ecologists, bathhouse and maintenance technicians, and membership and visitor services representatives. Crane Beach Store offers refreshments and merchandise including produce from nearby Appleton Farm. More than 5 miles of trails traverse dunes and track the beachfront on both the Ipswich Bay and Essex River Estuary sides of the Castle Neck peninsula for moderate hiking. These trails are part of the Bay Circuit Trail. And, Castle Neck is the site of the North Shore’s largest pitch pine forest.

Hours: 

Year-round, daily, 8am to sunset. Allow a minimum of 2 hours, 6 hours if also visiting Castle Hill (including Great House or landscape tour) and the Crane Wildlife Refuge.

Admission: 

Visit http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/northeast-ma/crane-beach-admission-prices.html

Driving Directions: 

From Rt. 128 North Exit 20A, take Rt. 1A north for 8 mi. to Ipswich. Turn right onto Rt. 133 East and follow for 1.5 mi. Turn left onto Northgate Rd. and follow for 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Argilla Rd. and follow for 2.5 mi. to entrance and parking (1,300 cars) at end of road.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

Crane Beach is also among the world’s most important nesting sites for piping plovers, a threatened bird that was nearly hunted to extinction in the 19th century for its eggs and feathers. Crane Beach has been nationally recognized for its successful shorebird protection program. To protect these threatened shorebirds, we ask that you avoid the fenced nesting areas and the wrack, the line of washed-up organic debris where the birds feed and hide. To help keep the beach operation running smoothly and beach-goers happy all summer long, here are a few friendly reminders from The Trustees: Please leave dogs and floatation devices at home.  The beach trash policy is carry-in, carry out but recycling receptacles are provided. The Trustees recommend arriving early on weekends and holidays, carpooling and/or using public transportation.  

Flags: 

  • Family Friendly
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restroom
  • Self guided

Categories: 

  • Birding
  • Weddings
  • Swimming & Boating
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Historic Resources
  • Natural Resources
  • Beaches
  • Early Settlement Trail
  • Great Marsh
  • Parks
  • Scenic Vistas

Property Owner/Organization: 

The Trustees of Reservations
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead