Alexander Night House
A re-creation of an early, English-style timber frame house from 1657 as described in Ipswich town records. An on-going, live exhibit; building with traditional tools, materials and construction methods of the First Period (1625–1725).
Open to the public 8:00 a.m. to sunset. There is a designated walking trail which allows for a beautiful walk through the farm everyday. The parking lot is located off Highland Street in Hamilton, 100 yards north of Cutler Road. Dogs are not allowed. (978) 356-4351
Castle Hill (The Great House)
Public events, tours and private functions
Argilla Road (978) 356-4351
Crane Beach / Crane Wildlife Refuge
Full Facility beach, tours of Hog Island
Argilla Road (978) 356-4351
Audio Walking Tour of Ipswich
The Ipswich Visitors Center is offering a self guided audio walking tour of Ipswich. The tour recounts many of the historic events that occurred in Ipswich, as well as a host of other information such as famous Ipswich artists, agriculture, wildlife, and activities available throughout the town.Enjoy fascinating stories about some of the 50+ First Period houses — more than any other town in America — and discover for yourself why Ipswich is named the “Birthplace of American Independence!”
Candlewood Golf Course
The Candlewood Golf Course is especially well-suited for young golfers, beginning golfers, and senior citizens. For senior citizens, there are weekly specials. The course has a minimum of hilly terrain that makes walking and driving easy and relaxing.
Foote Brothers Canoe & Kayak Rentals
Willowdale Dam, 230 Topsfield Rd., Ipswich, MA 01938 (978) 356-9771
Hours 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 7 Days. Open April thru October. Foote Brothers is a family owned and operated business. We have been renting canoes from our livery at Willowdale Dam since 1955. Equipped with top of the line Grumman canoes as well as Single and Tandem Prodigy Kayaks, we also provide shuttle service to several drop-off points upstream, and instruction for beginners. Three rate packages to choose from. For information and reservations please call (978) 356-9771.
213-acre treasure combining salt marsh, upland meadows, First period historic house, historic farm and scenic views. Excellent for birding, walking and nature study. Jeffrey’s Neck Road (978) 356-4351
Ipswich has many fine galleries, shops and museums. Featuring local and well known artists such as Arthur Wesley Dow. For more information on all the arts in Ipswich you can visit www.ipswicharts.com a website dedicated to the arts in Ipswich.
Ipswich Historical Society
South Main Street (978) 356-2811
Whipple House and Heard House Museums.
Open Thursday-Sunday, May-October. Call for times.
Olde Ipswich Tours
Guided Tours of Historic Ipswich
8 Herrick Drive, Ipswich, MA (978) 356-5163
Olde Ipswich Tours is a full service group tour operator, specializing in New England, North of Boston area and Ipswich. We offer guided tours of historic Ipswich, which has more 17th century homes than any other town in America, magnificent oceanfront estates, historic restaurants, and miles of protected nature trails. Tours can be given in French and Spanish. Walking, minivan or coach. We also offer gourmet tours to France, Italy, and Spain and Portugal.
An educational wolf habitat
114 Essex Road, Ipswich, MA (978) 356-0216
See and learn the truth about wolves; observe them in their natural habitat. Wolf Hollow is a nonprofit educational facility and was featured in the Boston Globe’s Adventures in Travel. Gift shop. Open to the public, weather permitting Saturday and Sunday. Structured presentations at 1:30 p.m.
Bialek Park, Linebrook Road
Family picnics, Ipswich Recreation Department (978) 356-6644
Bay Circuit Trail
Trail for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers from Duxbury to Plum Island-11 miles through Rowley. Ipswich & Topsfield. (Map and route available at Visitor Information Center)
Bradley Palmer State Park / Willowdale State Forest
Horseback riding, trails, biking, hiking and snow sports
Topsfield Road (978) 887-5931
143 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938 (978) 356-5366
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Audubon Society preserve.
87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA (978) 887-9264
Marini’s Farm Stand
Seasonal fruits & vegetables, strawberry picking
259 Linebrook Road (978) 356-0430
Willowdale State Forest
Fishing, trails, hiking
Linebrook Road (978) 887-5931