Best of Boston

2022 Best Family-Friendly Activity, North

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

A visit to this sprawling 1928 manor and grounds is like a trip to your eccentric auntie’s house — without any strings attached. Enjoy unusual kid-friendly entertainment (Siamese cat hunt, anyone?); tours led by household staff in 1920s period dress; outdoor summer concerts; or a frolic on Crane Beach. Ownership by the Trustees of Reservations ensures robust programming, with special “CraneExplorer” activities for the under-12 set — typically mini hikes with more guided stops along the way (see: the popular twilight full-moon stroll).

290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-4351,