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Venue:Crane Beach
Dates:Saturday, August 6, 2011 - Saturday, August 6, 2011
Hours:7:00am - 3:00pm
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Seasonal Fun
crane beach sandblast discontinued photoThe Crane Beach Sandblast, The Trustees of Reservations annual sand sculpture competition will be held on Saturday, August 6th (rain date August 7), 7 am to 3 pm, at Crane Beach on Argilla Road in Ipswich.

This year’s theme is A Day at the Beach. Competition categories include: Kid, Teen, Family, Adult, Corporate/Organization, and Master Builder. Prizes will be awarded to the best creations.

To add to the festivities, there will be fun, family activities on the beach front from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. including surf casting, surf digging, beach games, a nautical craft, and a scavenger hunt. Additionally, there will be live music and t-shirt sales.

To register for the competition in advance, call 978.356.4351 x4015. The registration fee is $7 per team plus regular beach admission. Sorry, no advance sales for spectators/beachgoers—plan to come early in the day and pay regular beach admission. Please note that the Sandblast times have moved up 1 hour from past years due to the tide schedule. For more information, visit or call 978.356.4351 x4015.

About Crane Beach:
Along with Castle Hill and the Crane Wildlife Refuge, Crane Beach was once part of the vast early 20th-century summer estate of Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane, Jr. The white sands of Crane Beach stretch for miles along both sides of Castle Neck, forming one of the most picturesque swimming beaches in all of New England. Crane Beach also provides important habitat for myriad wildlife and is an important natural barrier that protects the Essex River Estuary and its inland communities.

More than 1,200 acres of beachfront, dunes, and maritime forest are managed for both recreation and conservation. Elevated boardwalks, vegetation management programs, and fencing protect the dunes.

Crane Beach Hours
Open year-round, daily, 8am to sunset. Allow a minimum of 2 hours, 6.5 hours if also visiting Castle Hill (including Great House or landscape tour) and the Crane Wildlife Refuge.

COST↑ top

$25/car beach parking; $7/group + beach parking to enter competition



290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA, 01938 map
Phone: 978-356-4354

From Rt. 128 (Exit 20A) follow Rt. 1A north for 8 mi. to Ipswich. Turn right onto Rt. 133 east and follow for 1.5 mi. Turn left onto Northgate Rd. and follow for 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Argilla Rd. and follow for 2 miles to entrance to Crane Beach.

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  • Arrive early. Parking is limited.

4-starMore Casual Than Other Competitions But Fun
This isn't as fancy or formal as the Revere Beach competition but I liked it better. The sculptures looked like they were made by real people. We arrived after the competition was over and loved what we saw. Plus Crane Beach is so beautiful. Such a gorgeous setting. One consideration is the cost: $25 for non-members/car. If you come at 3:00 p.m. it's $12.50. Or you could join the Trustees of Reservations ($65/year) and pay only $8 per visit. ($4 after 3:00 p.m.)
3-starCrane Beach Sandblast
The sandcastle competition wasn't as spectacular as I'd hoped - only a few 'professional' sandcastle builders were there, the rest were relative amateurs -- which was fine, but I had hoped to see some real Michaelangelos! But the day was beautiful, the beach is spectacular, and it was a wonderful day. NOT an event for latecomers who don't like crowds though .....we arrived about 11:30 and had to park in a remote lot with shuttle service and the crowds were huge!!!


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