Spring is here, and as the weather warms up from winter’s chill, there’s no better place to visit than Ipswich, Massachusetts. There are so many great things to do outdoors so you can appreciate the natural world around you as it comes back to life. Check out these great outdoorsy things to do in Ipswich.
Are you an active person? Crane Outdoors offers a year-round lineup of exciting outdoor adventures. The Trustees invite you to get out and explore their beautiful properties, which includes 2,100 acres of beach, dunes, woodlands, marshlands, and miles of trails. Check the calendar to see what guided excursions throughout the Crane Estate are available at a particular time.
Running with Wolves
Would you like to see a wolf in real life? At Wolf Hollow you can do just that! Visitors to this wolf sanctuary will get to see gray wolves interacting with their pack mates at close range. Reserve a ticket for a 45-minute public walking tour and be led to the various enclosures where your guide will educate you about the resident wolves. It’s an amazing experience that will leave you feeling a greater appreciation for these endangered predators.
Relaxing Nature Walks
During the early months of spring, a lot of outdoor areas are cheap or free to visit before the tourist season begins. This is the best time to go if you’re someone who enjoys solitude and the serenity of nature.
Ipswich River is both the town’s namesake and one of its most stunning natural features. Explore 12 miles of interconnecting trails that wander through forests, meadows, and wetlands. Follow the paths to a vernal pool, an observation tower, along boardwalks, up a drumlin, and on top of an esker. You can visit the unique rockery, which was constructed in 1905. Remember to be respectful of the plants and wildlife as you explore, and wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots.
If you like relaxing, peaceful walks along the beach, come to Crane Beach during the off-season. From November 1 to March 31, non-members can purchase a day pass to visit the beach for $5 on bike or on foot, while it’s $10 for a car. If you have your dog with you, they’re also permitted on the beach during the off-season for an additional $5 per dog.
Paine House & Greenwood Farm
If you want to enjoy both the outdoors and some local heritage, pay a visit to Paine House and Greenwood Farm. The reservation takes its name from Thomas S. Greenwood, who built the property’s 19th-century white farmhouse. When you arrive, you’ll be stunned by the beautiful pastoral views as you wander the 2.5 miles of trails throughout the reservation.
Adding to the view and history of the property is the Paine House. A yellow clapboard, saltbox-shaped building, it’s a remarkable example of First Period (1620-1725) architecture. For six generations the Paine family made their home here, including the foreman of the infamous Salem Witch Trial jury Robert Paine.
Ipswich is a can’t-miss for any nature lover and outdoor adventurer. Plan your visit for this spring and experience all the natural wonders this town has to offer.