Attractions to explore along each Route - Schedules

Crane Beach Route
To Crane Beach stopping at Ipswich Visitor Center, Russell Orchards and Wolf Hollow.
With over 5 miles of sandy beach, Crane Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches in all of New England. Facilities and services at the beach include lifeguards and rangers, bathhouses (with restrooms and changing areas), the Crane Beach Store with food and merchandise, and transportation for mobility-impaired visitors. There is a $2 walk-on fee at the beach.

5 miles of sandy beach

Home to artists, writers, performers and musicians, Ipswich is renowned for its natural and cultural heritage. A year-round destination, Ipswich offers an array of antiques, specialty shops, and restaurants, all within the scenic atmosphere of historic homes and old mill buildings nestled along the Ipswich River. For a small town, Ipswich has a rich history and a wealth of visual, performing, cultural and literary art resources and events.

Great Ipswich Fried Clams

Russell Orchards features fruit picking, a petting zoo, a winery, and a farm store on-site. The farm includes 120 acres of fields, gardens, orchards, and barns. They hold several events throughout the season so be sure to visit their website for more information.

Russell Orchards: local fruit, wine, baked goods, & more

Wolf Hollow offers a unique opportunity to view grey wolves in a natural setting. Hour-long structured presentations, including a chance to howl with wolves, are given on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 1:30 PM. Visit for more information

Wolf Hollow: Learn why this Grey Wolf is brown

Essex Route
To Essex stopping at Main Street Antiques, the Shipbuilding Museum, and Woodman's Restaurant.
NOTE: Route 2 (to Essex) is part of Route 1 (to Crane Beach), allowing quests to travel directly between Crane Beach and Essex.
Essex has over 35 quality antiques stores and restoration centers, most within walking distance of each other. Browse shops, discover treasures, and arrange for delivery of your items.

Antiques to discover

Essex Shipbuilding Museum tells the extraordinary story of how the small town of Essex built more two-masted fishing schooners than anywhere else in the world.

Shipbuilding Museum: How did Essex build so many?

Essex is world-famous for its sweet and tender fried littleneck clams, lobsters, and other seafood delights at Woodman's, the Village or Fortune Palace to name a few of the many fine restaurants in Essex.

Woodman's Restaurant

Relax aboard the 70-person Essex River Queen II. An informative narrated tour of the Essex River and environs lets you view the scenic salt marshes and learn about local history, wildlife, and lore.

Explore local waters on narrated tours with Essex River Cruises

EXPLORE the pristine beauty of the tidal estuaries or the Essex River in a sea kayak. Essex River Basin Adventures offers guided sea kayak tours along the tidal estuaries of the Essex River.

ERBA guided tours daily


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