Directions to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Contact Information

87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA 01983
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Hours of Operation

Open Tuesday–Sunday, dawn to dusk

Parking Lot:
Reservations required 9:00 am-4:30 pm


Online maps and GPS units may not give accurate directions. Please use our directions below.

Driving Directions

→ Please note that traffic delays are expected during the Topsfield Fair (October 1–11)online maps and GPS units will not give you proper directions during this time. 

Use the alternate directions on this page instead. 

From the South:

Take Rt-128 North to Rt-95 North towards Maine and New Hampshire. Take Exit 72 for Endicott Street and take a right off the exit (Masconomet High School will be on the right). Follow Endicott Street, which turns into Washington Street, to the stop sign and then turn right onto Washington Street. Travel on Washington Street until it splits by the church, then take a right. At the stop sign go straight onto Rte-97 towards Beverly. At the set of lights go straight towards Beverly Rte-97. After about 1/2 mile take a left on Perkin’s Row. The sanctuary is on the right down Perkin’s Row.

From the North:

Take Rt-95 South to Exit 54 for Rt-133 East towards Ipswich. Follow Rt-133 two miles to the traffic light with Rt-1 and turn right onto Rt-1 South. Follow Rt-1 south 3.5 miles to the traffic light at Ipswich Road. Turn left onto Ipswich Road, then take your first right onto Brookside Road. At the end of Brookside Road, turn right onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row (bear left at each major intersection) for one mile. The sanctuary will be on your left.

From the East (Ipswich Center):

From Rt-133, turn onto Market Street and continue over the railroad tracks. Market Street turns into Topsfield Road. Go approximately 5 miles, passing the Turner Hill Conference Center on your right and Asbury Street on your left. Take your next left onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row for two miles (bearing left at several intersections) and the sanctuary will be on your left.

From the West (Beverly):

From Rt-128, take Exit 20 for Rt-1A North towards Wenham. Take your first left, at the blinking traffic light, onto Conant Street. At the next traffic light, turn right onto Rt-97 North. Follow Rt-97 for ~3 miles, passing the Beverly Airport on your left and Cumberland Farms on your left. Continue on Rt-97 and bear right at the intersection with Rt-35. Proceed 1 mile and watch for the Ipswich River bridge and Juniper Lane on your right. Take your next right onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row for one mile. The sanctuary will be on your right.

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