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Relaxing on Crowninshield Island

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Sunglasses   Binoculars
Windbreaker   Rubber boots


From Boston, take Route 1 north
After a concrete bridge, take exit for Route 16 north
At the large rotary, bear right for Route 1A north and continue north following signs for Lynn
Take route 129 North and follow signs for Marblehead
Continue on route 129 becoming Atlantic
Avenue until you reach Marblehead
Just after the street turns left, take right on Washington Street and start looking for a
parking spot
  Good to know in advance
Opened year-round, sunrise to sunset

Accessible by foot only at low tide. Check tide in the Boston Globe newspaper
(weather section) and look for the
Marblehead tide forecast

Also accessible by boat/sea kayak
Do not try to park near the island – parking is restricted on all nearby streets
Ranger on duty on the island weekends and holidays during the summer
Dogs on leash
Carry out your trash

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Difficulty: 2/5
  Time from Boston: 2.5 hours
  Duration: Half day

Adult $5, child (12 and under) $3

  Main activity:

Relaxing/ Families

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Your feeling of detachment from the busy mainland will be enhanced when you cross Dolliber Cove to reach Crowninshield Island by foot. Accessible only at low tide unless you have a boat or kayak, this small island tucked near Marblehead is a great place to relax. Kids will also love the place and the adventure of crossing the cove. The island features a small sandy beach as well as a rocky promontory, an open field and a small wood – enough to satisfy anybody.

To reach this small jewel, we recommend you park downtown in Marblehead and walk to Dolliber Cove. Avoiding the traffic on Marblehead’s narrow streets will be immensely satisfying.

From Marblehead center, walk down to the harbor and Front Street, which runs parallel to the shore. Follow Front Street north along the water, then turn left on Oaks Lane (Fort Seawall, a historic fort guarding the entrance of Marblehead Harbor is accessible by continuing ahead). Turn right on Orne Street becoming Beacon Street, and watch for a narrow street on the right named Harding Lane. This is where you reach the shore and cross to the island facing you. The passage is about 200 yards long.

Allow about 30 minutes to reach Harding Lane from the center of Marblehead.

Crowninshield Island is a great place to picnic. Visitors tend to crowd the beach in summer months, but you can generally find a quiet spot elsewhere on the island. In other seasons you are likely to have the place for yourself.

Even if you miscalculate the tide and cannot access the island, the walk from Marblehead is worth the trip. You can still walk up to Fort Seawall to find a bench and look at Marblehead Harbor and the boat traffic, or go to the small Dolliber Beach and just sit on the sand

Crowninshield Island is managed by the Trustees of Reservations

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