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This four-mile-long barrier beach in Ipswich is a bit out of the way, but plenty big for all the summer crowds.



Crane Beach, the long fine white sand beach on Argilla Road facing Ipswich Bay in Ipswich MA, is part of a 1400-acre (567-hectare) reservation created by Richard T Crane, Jr, a Chicagoan who made a fortune in plumbing fixtures.

The Crane family gave the Crane Estate, along with their palatial Great House mansion, to The Trustees of Reservations in 1974.

The beach (tel 978-356-4351), often (and erroneously) called Crane Beach, is now open to the public from 8 am to sunset for a fee.

Services include lifeguards, bike racks, toilets, snacks and fast food, beach shop, and a first-aid station.

To get to Crane Beach, follow I-93 or I-95 to MA Route 128 North toward Gloucester, then MA Route 133 north through Essex.

Just after entering Ipswich (there's a sign), look for the road on the right marked for the Crane Estate and Crane Beach. Follow this road, then turn right onto Argilla Road (there are signs) and follow the road, and the signs, to the Crane Estate and Crane Beach.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Crane Beach, Ipswich MA

Crane Beach in Ipswich MA
goes on for 4 miles (6.5 km).

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