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Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate

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Address: Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
10:00 - 14:00
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Tue - Thu 10:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 14:00

This mix of salt marsh and coastal islands is perfect for kayakers and...

This mix of salt marsh and coastal islands is perfect for kayakers and other boaters, who can also follow trails that explore Choate Island and Long Island.

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Fun in the sun

Nice place to walk and enjoy a day in the sun, Bring a picnic, sunscreen, and enjoy nature at it's best

Reviewed 12 June 2016
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Nice place to walk and enjoy a day in the sun, Bring a picnic, sunscreen, and enjoy nature at it's best

Thank Bkid43
Center Harbor, New Hampshire
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2015

only thing going against this great spot is port potties which were marginal at best. fantastic beach and trails through the dunes..magnificent..we walked the grounds also of steep hill and the estate and were blown away. what a great spot

Thank Marksilverfox
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65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

This is the perfect place to spend a day with kids. There are so many different species of wildlife to explore as well as so many beach treasures to collect. Much sweeter on a misty day when the crowds are gone. Bring a picnic and good seats and you are set for peace and quiet.

Thank R_Choiniere
Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2014

I can't say enough wonderful things about this 4 mile guided tour of the 3 interconnected islands off the coast of Crane Beach in Ipswich! You need to sign up in advance for it and there is a limited number of people per tour - ours had 26 people on this beautiful Sunday afternoon tour from 2-5 pm. It is... More 

1 Thank Jim_Claire
Haverhill, Massachusetts
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768 reviews
251 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2014

amazing place. Lots of wild life and a nice spot to walk. You can spend hours walking and seeing the wild life.

Thank Dibird50
New York City, New York
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916 reviews
258 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

The Crane Mansion is on a acreage that extends to it's own beach. A long walk from the house, but some people do it. Parking is five dollars an inexpensive fee to see the beautiful grounds of this Chateau like home and also be able to go to the beach.

Thank jeremy t
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Miles of pristine beach, sandbox quality sand and natural beauty abound. Parking fees are modest for a recreational destination of this caliber. Beware of greenhead season in July, otherwise the memories will be less than pleasant.

Thank jaf122
North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Expansive well-preserved beach. A worthwhile project to support and a great place to spend a day. It fills up as the day goes on, we recommend walking a little further if you came for relative solitude.

Thank cinnabar01
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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205 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2012

parking for $5 to visit the grande estate and beach. The grounds and home of the Crane Estate takes you back in time. A French Chateau of grande status. A wonderful family day to enjoy.

Thank Bruce B
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72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2012

When you get tired of the beach take a hike around the Crane estate. Entrances are from the Crane Beach parking lot, and the bird watching is great. Look out for the nudies in the dunes!

1 Thank bschless

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