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Crane Beach FAQs

As of May 1, visitors will be required to purchase a Timed Entry Pass in advance for weekend visits, and as of May 29 for daily visits. Possession of an advance-purchased Timed Entry Pass does guarantee entry to the beach on that day. Click here to reserve a Timed Entry Pass 

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PERMIT HOLDER QUESTIONS

Is there any special access for me as a Crane Beach Permit Holder? Yes. In addition to greater capacity overall, we are pleased to offer our Baker’s Pasture lot to Permit Holders exclusively from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  We are also offering Morning (8am –  10am) and Evening (4pm – sunset) slots to Permit Holders only throughout the season.

MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS


How long will it take for me to get my Parking Permit?
If you purchased your Membership and Permit online, you may use the confirmation email you received as proof of purchase until your Membership card(s) arrive by mail, usually in 3-5 weeks.

I don’t have my permanent Member # yet, how do I reserve a Timed Entry Pass? Between the time of your Membership purchase and the time you receive your Membership cards, you can use the temporary number provided to you when you purchased the Membership.  Please note that when you arrive at Crane Beach, you will need to have your Crane Beach Parking Permit affixed to your vehicle or you may show your email confirmation for the recent purchase of your Crane Beach Parking Permit. If you do not have your Permit or confirmation email, you may be denied access.

TICKETING QUESTIONS

Do I need to reserve a Timed Entry Pass to visit Crane Beach?As of May 1, visitors will be required to purchase a Timed Entry Pass in advance for weekend visits, and as of May 29 for daily visits. Possession of an advance-purchased Timed Entry Pass does guarantee entry to the beach on that day. Click here to reserve a Timed Entry Pass 

Can I bike or walk to the beach? Member pedestrians and cyclists who show a valid Membership card may enter for free. Nonmember pedestrians and cyclists must pay the $5 entry fee via credit card only either online or at the Crane Beach gate. Note: Biking, including fat tire bikes, is not allowed on the beach. 

Will I be able to get a refund on a Timed Entry Pass if I can’t make it? Unless The Trustees closes the beach for any reason (extreme weather, emergency), Timed Entry Passes are nonrefundable, and Crane Beach is open rain or shine.   

Does my Timed Entry Pass for Crane Beach allow me to also visit Castle Hill and vice versa? No, each site has its own Timed Entry Pass, and they are not reciprocal at this time.

I just reserved a Timed Entry Pass, but the confirmation wasn’t emailed to me. Please check your spam/junk folder in your email, as tickets can land there sometimes.If you still don’t see it, please email cranetickets@thetrustees.org with your first name, last name and reservation date to confirm. 

I am a Permit holder and made a reservation but can no longer come. How do I cancel?Passes are nonrefundable. Please only book a pass if you are sure you plan to come. Wwill be tracking no-show rates and addressing this with visitors and Members accordingly. 

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT MY VISIT

What happens when I arrive at the Crane Beach gate? Everyone will be asked to stop and check in with a gate attendant to show the printed or digital version of the Timed Entry Pass booking confirmationIpswich resident vehicles will be checked for a valid sticker before those vehicles can proceed to the Town parking lot.  

Can I leave and re-enter on the same pass? During times when Timed Entry Passes are required, we do not allow re-entry on a Timed Entry Pass. At other times, re-entry is possible with a credit card receipt or Crane Beach permit. 

Do I and/or my family need to wear face coverings even if we can stay six feet away from others? Yes, we ask that you wear a mask at all times. We’re trying to make our properties as safe as possible for our visitors and staff. While you may be able to social distance – and we’re doing everything possible to create that environment for you – we cannot guarantee that someone won’t get closer to you than 6 feet. Since we now know that even asymptomatic people can transmit COVID-19, we are doing our best to be thoughtful about reducing the spread of this virus. We aren’t in a position to enforce this, but would ask that you respect and abide by these rules for these reasons.

Are there any other social distancing requirements at Crane Beach I should be aware of? We are subject to all of the Governor’s orders regarding social distancing and crowd size.

At this time, there are no picnic tables or chairs set up in the vicinity of the bathhouse. A limited number of changing rooms will be open, but showers and water fountains will not be available.

Can we sit on the beach as normal? Per governor’s orders, you must set up any blankets/chairs at least 12’ from any other party. Although masks will be required while walking around the property, you are not required to wear them while swimming or “toweling” (settled on your chair/blanket on the beach front).  

How will the rules be enforced? I see people not social distancing and not wearing masks.We’re trying to make our properties as safe as possible for our visitors and staff. While you may be able to social distance – and we’re doing everything possible to create that environment for you – we cannot guarantee that someone won’t get closer than 6 feet. We are not in the position nor do we have the resources to enforce the rules every time in every place and ask that all visitors respect and abide by social distancing and wearing masks when not able to social distance, as indicated in the Governor’s guidelines. Visitors concerned about behaviors on the beachfront may report to a ranger or gate attendant.  

Can I bring my dog to Crane Beach? Dogs are allowed at Crane Beach between October 1 and March 31. See the Regulations & Advisories section of the Crane Beach website for more information.  

How are Crane Beach admission fees used?Admission fees help to pay the annual costs to maintain the beach and facilities, protect public safety, carry out dune and wildlife protection programs, and maintain historic buildings and structures. When you go to Crane Beach, you are directly helping The Trustees of Reservations protect and care for this important landscape and landmark. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

For Crane Beach and Castle Hill timed entry pass and ticketing questions email: CraneTickets@thetrustees.org  

For general timed entry pass and ticketing questions email: tickets@thetrustees.org  

For Membership questions, email: membership@thetrustees.org 

 

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