Crane Beach is both a place for recreation and conservation. It is a huge, miles-long beach accessed by wooden walkways that extend over the dunes, which are home to the nearly endangered piping plover bird. There are 5 miles of hiking trails (download a trail map). The property is managed by a conservation organization called The Trustees of Reservations, and if you become a member ($47 individual, $67 family) you can purchase a Crane Beach annual pass for $75. Members also enjoy discounted or free admission elsewhere in their network of properties and for events.
Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day
Parking Fee: Summer season $25 per vehicle on weekdays, $30 on weekends and holidays. Full fee chart is here.
Bathrooms: Yes! Open 9am-6pm
Other facilities: Outside showers, Crane Beach Store, water fountains, information kiosk, bike rack, picnic tables
Off-season: There is a porta potty.
What’s nearby: Crane Estate, Crane Wildlife Refuge, Downtown Ipswich, Wolf Hollow.
What else: It is NEVER free to visit this beach, unless you arrive on foot in the winter. Bring cash!