Welcome to Ipswich, Massachusetts
Just 30 miles northeast of Boston, Ipswich is the perfect destination for history buffs and nature devotees alike.
- Explore the grounds of Castle Hill and Crane Beach. A trip to Ipswich is hardly complete without a visit to Castle Hill and adjacent Crane Beach. Castle Hill is a 59-room Stuart-style mansion that overlooks the pristine sands of Crane Beach. Wander the grounds, which include four miles of walking trails. The area is home to a diversity of wildlife, including deer, fox, turkey, and songbirds. You may even spot a great horned owl or a red-tailed hawk. After exploring, head down to Crane Beach for a stroll along the surf. The white sands stretching for miles along both sides of Castle Neck form one of the most picturesque beaches in New England.
- Appleton Farms. One of the oldest continuously operating farms in the country offering more than six miles of footpaths, bridle paths, and farm roads. Visitors will see rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, ancient stone walls, tree-lined carriage paths, and historic farm buildings
- Willowdale State Forest. Outdoor enthusiasts come for the surrounding parks and wildlife sanctuaries, including a paved trail through the woods frequented by families with strollers and kids learning how to ride their bicycles.
- Howl with the wolves at Wolf Hollow. Hunters drove the last free-roaming wolves from New England's forests nearly 100 years ago, and today, the American gray wolf remains at the top of the endangered species list. At Wolf Hollow, a sanctuary and nonprofit educational center, visitors can observe a pack of gray timber wolves in a confined—but natural—setting.