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Famous for clams, antiques, Crane Beach, artists and John Updike, Ipswich is a classic New England coastal town reachable from Boston by car or train.

 

The swift, tidal Ipswich River runs through the heart of Ipswich MA (map), an old New England colonial town founded in 1634 and located 31 miles (50 km) northeast of Boston.

Come by car or train to swim, eat clams, lobsters and other good things, browse its shops, admire the historic houses, its village green, its hilltop white Congregational church, tour the Ipswich Historical Society's old Whipple House and Ipswich Museum, then the vast Crane Estate, with its huge manor-like Great House on Castle Hill. More...

At the foot of Castle Hill, Crane Beach is a four-mile-long barrier beach that fills with sun-and-sea seekers in summer. More...

On the way to Crane Beach, sto at Russell Orchards for fresh fruit (pick-your-own in autumn), or to taste their fruit wines and other good farm products. (Here's more on New England wines.)

Other nature reserves in Ipswich include the beaches of the Sandy Point State Reservation in the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at the southern tip of Plum Island; Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary; and Willowdale State Forest, with 40 miles of hiking trails as well as fishing and boating opportunities.

Ipswich is 26 miles northeast of Boston along US Route 1A (map).

The fastest drive is via I-93 North to I-95/MA 128 North, east to MA 1A north. Or take MA 133 north from Gloucester and Essex.

You can easily get to Ipswich from Boston's North Station via the MBTA Commuter Rail's Newburyport/Rockport line, a trip of just under one hour.


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Whipple House, Ipswich MA

Whipple House (1677), Ipswich MA.