Return to Crane Beach and head to the
(Argilla Road, Ipswich, 978-356-4351).
The beach pass you bought earlier allows you to
stroll the picturesque grounds. Then purchase
another ticket to tour the Great House
, a Stuartstyle
mansion, taking in the grand architecture and
deluge of period antiques. Hours vary and kids have
to be 8 or older for the tour.
Thus inspired, hunt for antiques at nearby
dealers: Andrew Spindler
(163 Main St., Essex,
978-768-6045) and Americana
(48 Main St., Essex,
978-768-6006) have great finds for art, furniture, and
accessory hunters. Bribe the kids to wait through it
all with a trip to Silly Goose
(pictured) (166 Main St., Essex,
) for retro toys
or something from the epic selection of games.