Editors’ Choice 

Crane Beach, Ipswich 

Standout Qualities: Crane Beach not only boasts 4 miles of shoreline and 1,234 acres of sand, trails, and conservation area, but its facilities are also incredibly welcoming and are continually being upgraded. Last year its bathhouses got a $1.7 million eco-friendly renovation. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, parking is $20 per vehicle on weekdays and $30 on weekends and holidays. Prices are lower for members of The Trustees of Reservations.

Insider Tip: Pay careful attention to the stairs, shingles, and posts around the beach and picnic area and you may see some painted poetry. Several years ago, volunteers decked the area with the words from the poem “Align” by local poet Colleen Michaels, a call to think about climate change. Many of the words have faded, but some are still visible to those in the know. 

What’s New: The beach now has a Mobi-Chair—a floating beach wheelchair that provides an easy transition from the boardwalk to the beach to the water for visitors needing special assistance.

Argilla Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-4354,


Readers’ Choice 

Crane Beach, Ipswich