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A Perfect Day in Ipswich

Nest | Syndi Zaiger Group

The Nest | Syndi Zaiger Group is a real estate team with Compass, serving the North Shore of Massachusetts with offices in Manchester-by-the-Sea and B...

The Nest | Syndi Zaiger Group is a real estate team with Compass, serving the North Shore of Massachusetts with offices in Manchester-by-the-Sea and B...

Jun 30 6 minutes read

A Perfect Day in Ipswich 

Thinking about a day trip to Ipswich, Massachusetts? A perfect day in Ipswich looks something like this:

Start your Day with Zumi's

Grab a coffee at Zumi’s and enjoy a pastry while chatting with a few locals who are sure to be sitting nearby. Zumi's prides itself on serving fair trade certified organic coffee, and it participates in the community by hosting events and showcasing local artists.


Zumi's Espresso

40 Market St, Ipswich

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Zumi's

More great cafes to check out:

Sandpiper Bakery
Sandpiper

29 N. Main St, Ipswich

Known for its delicious pastries and sandwiches, Sandpiper has quickly become a favorite in Ipswich.

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Little Wolf Coffee
Little Wolf

129 High St, Ipswich

If you're looking for exceptional coffee, look no further than Little Wolf. This specialty coffee roaster made Food & Wine Magazine's top roaster list for Massachusetts. 

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Heart and Soul Cafe
Heart & Soul Cafe

0 Central St, Ipswich

A staple in Ipswich, Heart & Soul is a great option, especially if you're looking for a full, sit-down breakfast option.

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After leaving Zumi’s, turn right and stroll down Market Street while visiting shops owned by locals who are happy to share stories and legends about the town. If you keep going you will end up at Meetinghouse Green, the site of the first meeting house built in 1634. Heading back towards town, when you get to Union Street turn right and walk past the former EBSCO Publishing Company’s building where you will be amazed by a 1,700-square-foot mural painted by Alan Pearsall depicting 350 years of Ipswich history. Next, you will come to a pedestrian bridge and if you look left, you will notice the historic Choate Bridge, built-in 1764, and one of the oldest stone bridges in the U.S.

The Crane Estate

The Town of Ipswich is synonymous with the Crane family and visiting Castile Hill on the Crane Estate is a must-see. Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane and his wife, Florence Higinbotham Crane, purchased the property in 1910. The first house built atop Castle Hill was designed in the Italian Renaissance Revival style. However, after several years, Mrs. Crane decided she didn’t like the home’s architecture and she and Mr. Crane had the mansion completely razed and rebuilt as the 59-room Stuart-style mansion you see today. With great foresight, the Cranes bequeathed ownership of the home and grounds to the Trustees of Reservations.


Crane Estate 

290 Argilla Road, Ipswich

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Crane Beach 

After a historic trip of that caliber, it’s time to unwind and head to Crane’s Beach, a national model for balancing the conservation of diverse habitats and wildlife including being a nesting site for the threatened piping plovers.  Whether you are there for a walk, to play in the sand, soak up the sun or take a dip in the ocean, Crane’s Beach is by far one of the most beautiful beaches in New England.


Crane Beach

310 Argilla Road, Ipswich

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For information and tickets for Castle Hill and Crane’s Beach, it’s best to check in ahead of time online at the Trustees of Reservations.

Plan Your Visit        Passes

Russell Orchards

On your way to Crane’s Beach do stop by Russell Orchards, where the Russell family grows and sells nearly everything from its popular apple cider donuts to fruits, vegetables, and homemade pastry. The kids will love running after the barnyard animals and petting any that are within reach. 


Russell Orchards

143 Argilla Road, Ipswich

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Appleton Farms

219 County Rd., Ipswich

Take a step back in time and visit Appleton Farms, one of the oldest operating farms in Massachusetts. Visit the “Old House” and stroll one of the many hiking and walking trails.

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Wolf Hollow

114 Essex Rd, Ipswich

Howl with the Wolves at Wolf Hollow, a sanctuary for the endangered gray timber wolf and an educational center where wolves can be observed in a confined but natural setting.

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Hart House

51 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich

Continue your historic journey and visit the 1640 Hart House. Originally a one-room home it stands as a prime example of early American architecture and serves a Hearty New American fare.

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The Clam Box

Try lunch or dinner at The Clam Box. Established in 1935 it is the classic counter serve spot with an outdoor dining area and is legendary for its fried clams and seafood.


The Clam Box

246 High St, Ipswich


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Check out a local brewery or pub:

Ipswich Ale Brewery
Ipswich Ale Brewery

2 Soffron Ln, Ipswich

Offering a great patio, bar, and restaurant space with both delicious beer and food, Ipswich Ale Brewery is a great place for beer lovers, friends, family. 

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True North Ale Company
True North Ale Company

116 County Rd, Ipswich

With over 20 taps of delicious craft brews, True North is a great spot to stop for a cold beer. Bring in your own food or explore new treats from their rotating schedule of food trucks.

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Choate Bridge Pub
Choate Bridge Pub

3 South Main St, Ipswich

A classic staple of Ipswich, Choate Bridge Pub is a must when visiting Ipswich. Stop in for a beer or cocktail or just enjoy a nice meal in the heart of Ipswich.

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White Farms Ice Cream 

After a day filled with sunshine, ocean, good food, and historic sites do stop by White Farms Homemade ice cream. A great ending to a fun-filled day.


White Farms Ice Cream

326 High St, Ipswich


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