Destination guide

Beaches, wolves and clams, an Ipswich vacation has Mass appeal

Famous for Crane Beach, Little Neck clams and Wolf Hollow, Ipswich is a real gem on the Massachusetts coast. Named after an English town, Ipswich has stacks of colonial charm. Get your Massachusetts adventure off on the right foot and book a well-placed Ipswich vacation rental. Beach lovers can hang out on the sweeping Crane Beach, while culture vultures explore the 17th-century Whipple House, or browse the contemporary art at the Ipswich Museum. While foodies can indulge in a bucket of the seaside town's famous Little Neck clams. There's something for everyone in Ipswich.

Things to do

Howl you doing? Meet Ipswich's legendary wolf pack

Wolf Hollow is a sanctuary for the American gray wolf, and visitors can witness a pack of wolves in a confined natural setting. From your Ipswich vacation rental, it's easy to explore the town's main attractions. The Ipswich Museum is spread over 2 properties. Whipple House was built in 1677 and is one of the finest examples of first period American architecture. It's filled with 17th and 18th-century furnishings and art, and has a pretty garden to explore. While the 1800 Heard House hosts the museum's main art collections, among other historic Ipswich artifacts.


Cranes, clams and culture, Ipswich is stacked with New England charm

Situated north of Cape Ann, Crane Beach is a Massachusetts favorite. Boasting 4 miles of beautiful blonde sands and rippling dunes, it's banked by a maritime pine forest. It gets pretty busy during the warm summer months, so get there early to beat the crowds. There's a charming beachfront cafe open in the summer, while restrooms and changing facilities are open all year round. Aside from the beach, Ipswich is crammed with history and has plenty of charming museums and galleries to explore. Don't miss a box of fried clams on the waterfront as the sun sets.


Ip-switch up the heat in the Massachusetts summertime

The Massachusetts coast is a pleasure to visit at anytime of the year. Ipswich benefits from New England's balmy summers, colorful fall and brisk winters, with an attractive covering of snow. The summer is the busiest time on the coast. As the temperatures rise to 80 degrees and above, the crowds descend and Ipswich vacation rentals can get booked up quickly. Fall is another busy time, as New England's famous fall foliage draws the crowds. Spring is a delightful time to visit, with bright sunny days, plus the odd rain shower, so pack an umbrella.

Natural features

What will be, will be in Ipswich's Willowdale Forest

A 45-minute drive northeast of Boston, Ipswich is a quaint coastal town overlooking Ipswich Bay. While the walking trails and sand dunes of Crane Beach are a delight for walkers, for hardier hikes head to Willowdale State Forest, a 5-mile drive west. Spreading across the town boundaries of Hamilton, Topsfield and Boxford, it has over 40 miles of trails, including the Bay Circuit Trail, which is used for cross-country skiing in winter. It's also a magnet for birdwatchers, who come to spot the great horned owl, red-bellied woodpecker, and the great blue heron.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Ipswich

Fly into Beverly, MA (BVY-Beverly Municipal), the closest airport, located 7.2 mi (11.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Lawrence, MA (LWM-Lawrence Municipal), which is 13.9 mi (22.3 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Ipswich Station.

Where to stay around Ipswich?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 751 vacation rentals near Ipswich. From 354 Houses to 120 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ipswich for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ipswich?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ipswich:

  • Hampton Beach: 202 vacation rentals
  • North End: 380 vacation rentals
  • Rye Beach: 274 vacation rentals
  • Seabrook Beach: 87 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 607 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ipswich?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ipswich. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Crane Beach: 885 vacation rentals
  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate: 889 vacation rentals
  • Ipswich Museum: 902 vacation rentals
  • Wolf Hollow: 883 vacation rentals
  • Hamlin Reservation: 899 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ipswich listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Ipswich?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 354 Houses in Ipswich. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ipswich include:

  • Cottages: 120 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 120 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 214 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ipswich?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 25 vacation rentals with pool available in Ipswich. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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