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Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate

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Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
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Mosquito Haven

Even with a $30 entrance fee, we were so looking forward to hiking here. The trails sounded... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
Deegail60
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Buffalo, New York
Not particularly easy to get to, but that makes it worth the trip!

We put our kayak's in at the end of Island road (checked with a neighbor and it is okay to park... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2017
dave d
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Bradford, Massachusetts
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
31 May 2017
“Not particularly easy to get to, but that makes it worth the trip!”
14 Aug 2017
“Mosquito Haven”
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Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Even with a $30 entrance fee, we were so looking forward to hiking here. The trails sounded beautiful. Unfortunately the battle of the bugs was in full force the minute we exited our vehicle. Sadly we lost that battle and gave up the hike after...More

Thank Deegail60
Reviewed 31 May 2017

We put our kayak's in at the end of Island road (checked with a neighbor and it is okay to park there despite the signs). 1.5 miles of kayaking got us to the boat dock. We then did an easy 3 mile hike to the...More

Thank dave d
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
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
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...More

1  Thank R_Choiniere
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 -...More

1  Thank Jim_Claire
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
Reviewed 13 August 2014

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...More

Thank jeremy t
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
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
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