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Crane Beach, Ipswich

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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 .
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  • Great sandy beach with space for everyone. Swimmers, dog walkers, kite flyers, sun lovers. Good parking at a cost.  more »
  • Great spot for beach day with family, friends or by yourself. There are on-site bathrooms, gift shop and a snack bar.  more »
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  • Very crowded on the weekends, you can see an oil slick in the water from people's sunscreen , the urin in the water seems to take the edge off of the shock of the cold water. I guess it was Really nice 100 years ago.
  • This is a beach that you can visit in any season. In the off-season, the hours are limited. Put on your warmest outdoor gear and take a long walk along the beach. There are miles of trails through the dunes that begin at the southern end of the parking lot. The trails are well-marked and now and again there are maps you can reference. Download a map on the Trustees site before you head out. Though the trails are not hilly it is challenging to walk on sand for so many miles. At the end of the Black trail you reach Essex Bay. It is beautiful. Warmer months bring plenty of people and ticks.

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