Barnstable Travel Guide

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Barnstable Things to Do

  • Skydiving with Skydive Cape Cod

    “You won’t believe how much fun it is!!!” shouts the brochure, and you won’t. This is hands down the most intense, unforgettable, and fun half-hour you’ll have on Cape Cod. It’s not just the rush of 60 seconds of freefall – which, wow – once the parachute opens, the views are breathtaking.This is coming from someone terrified of heights and not...

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  • Haunted & History Walking Tour

    This 2 ½ + walking tour visits some of the most haunted places down the Old King’s Highway in Barnstable village, one of the oldest and most haunted towns on the Cape. It’s offered by CAIPRS (Cape and Islands Paranormal Research Society), a not-for-profit organization that investigates paranormal activity. The actual distance is only about 1.2...

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  • Scenic Train Ride

    The railroad used to run all down the Cape to Wellfleet, but most of the old rails have been changed to bike trails – what’s left carries the cars of the Cape Cod Central Railroad. You can ride the full distance – Hyannis => Buzzards Bay – if you take one of the longer trips including a meal (fine dinner, family dinner, brunch, or luncheon).Or...

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  • Coast Guard Heritage Museum

    This museum is dedicated to the history of the several entities which eventually changed and combined to become the US Coast Guard. The history of Cape Cod is so entwined with the sea and with shipwrecks, it’s fitting that the origins of the Coast Guard are here. Photos, models, original equipment, and clippings illustrate a piece of American...

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  • Check out colonial incarceration

    The original parts of the Old Jail date to the 1690s or earlier, with later parts built in the 1800s. The building has moved a few times, and was severely damaged in the 1970s (by arson), but there’s more than enough left to envision just how miserable a 17th century incarceration was in the new world.It’s small, dark, and cramped. The cell in the...

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  • Camping on Sandy Neck

    There are four backcountry campsites on Sandy Neck, available first come first served. It’s actually slightly better than backcountry camping. There’s a Port o’ Potty, and they deliver 5 gallons of water for cleaning (not sure whether it’s potable), and wood for a campfire if you buy it from them. The sites aren’t on the beach, which, in theory, is...

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Barnstable Hotels

  • Ashley Manor

    3660 Olde King's Highway, P. O. Box 856, Barnstable, Massachusetts, 02630, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Lamb and Lion Inn

    2504 Main Street, Route 6A, Barnstable, Massachusetts, 02630, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Beechwood Inn

    2839 Main St. (Rte. 6A), Barnstable, Massachusetts, 02630, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Barnstable Restaurants

  • Good New England Food

    This is a large and comfortable place, with outdoor seating, and a large bar area – both busy when I’ve gone for lunch or an early dinner. The food is good basic meat, fish, and pasta, and there’s a really good value prix fixe menu (3 large courses for $20). Service is friendly and quick. Everything I've had has been very good, from clam chowder to...

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  • Good Basic Seafood

    This place is big – it’s a lunch stop for bus tours – but doesn’t feel institutional. It serves good basic fare, mostly seafood. I had grilled swordfish with a subtle, fresh salsa; the vegetables weren’t overcooked; and the rice had a nice light flavor. The table beside us had huge plates of steamed clams and lobster roll mix with a fresh roll for...

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  • Excellent Local

    The Dolphin is in an old building, sagging and dark-ish in atmospheric ways. It’s a local place, but upscale – an after-work hangout for the lawyers and others from the courthouse across the street. There are enough seats for a larger crowd than was there on the off-season Tuesday I went. The crowd that was there was older, and most seemed to be...

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