Hyannis Things to Do

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    Special Events

    by Basaic Written Oct 11, 2014

    Since Hyannis is a big tourist destination there are always special events going on. One of the ones going on when I visited was a Sandcastle Sculpture Contest. Check out the calendar of events and see what "can't miss" thing there is for you.

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    Veterans Memorial

    by Basaic Written Oct 11, 2014

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    There is a pretty nice veterans memorial in the park by Main Street. There is also a Veterans Park (which I did not get to) located near the harbor. I feel it is important to remember the sacrifices made by our military and their contributions to our freedom and way of life.

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    Park Between Main Street and the Harbor

    by Basaic Updated Oct 11, 2014

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    There is a nice park that stretches between Main Street and the harbor area. It goes by the city hall and has lots of green space for the kids to run and the adults to stretch their legs. The Main Street entrance to the park has a very nice statue of Iyannough a leader of the Mattachiest Group of the Wampanoag Indians (photo 2). This is also the location of the Mid-Cape Farmer's Market held every Wednesday morning from early June to late October, and many other special events.

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    Wander Main Street and the Harbor

    by Basaic Written Oct 9, 2014

    Many of the most interesting things about Hyannis are situated either along Main Street or around the harbor. You will find interesting architecture, museums, restaurants with good food, trendy bars, and a number of fine shops and boutiques to satisfy the shopaholic in you along Main Street and around the harbor.

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    Cape Cod Maritime Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 9, 2014

    The Cape Cod Maritime Museum offers a variety of exhibits about the history of fishing, boating and other water-related activities here in Hyannis and throughout New England. It also offers a variety of hands-on experiences for kids of all ages. Learn about boat building and the history of "rum running" in the area. You can also take a ride on a sailboat or learn how to sail and boating safety here. Conveniently located on the harbor just a block off Main Street. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 4 PM on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students and free for kids 7 and under.

    Cape Cod Maritime Museum Rudder From the Prudence
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    JFK Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 9, 2014

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    Hyannis, Hyannis Port, and Martha's Vineyard was closely associated with President John F. Kennedy, his wife and the whole Kennedy Family. This association began in the 1920s. Since then the town and this area have been associated with a number of president's and other celebrities and dignitaries. The JFK Museum tells the story of the beginnings of Hyannis, its long association with the Kennedys (and their stories) and Hyannis in the present day. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 4 PM on Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors (62 and up), $5 for kids 8 to 17 and kids under 7 free.

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    Hyannis

    by Basaic Written Oct 9, 2014

    Hyannis is a town of about 13,500 (down 14% since 2000) located just south of US Highway 6 in Barnstable County in Southeast Massachusetts. Hyannis is probably the most important town on Cape Cod and is often referred to as the "capitol of Cape Cod". Certainly this is a popular tourist destination and I liked the town a lot. Hyannis is one of the main ways to get to the islands off the coast (like Martha's Vineyard) and was a popular destination for former president John F. Kennedy and the entire Kennedy Family.

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  • See a Cape Harmony Show

    by meg_anch Written Mar 23, 2013

    These ladies are great! They are a group of 10 young women that sing a cappella all over the cape. They put on a great performance and make a boring weekday evening a night to remember. I saw these ladies last summer and I still wish I could have seen more shows! They are simply fantastic! Their show schedule is on their website Capeharmony.com. I highly suggest you take a look and make a show! Their upbeat music and talent is most defiantly something to check out!

    CAPE HARMONY!

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    Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tour

    by tayloretc Updated Sep 19, 2010

    Cape Cod Potato Chips is one of the few small potato chip manufacturers left in New England - and they are so much better than the big company's chips. If you're on the Cape, and think it's interesting to see where your food comes from, the factory is a fun visit. (Regardless of whether you visit, if you see these on the shelves give them a try - if you like less grease and bold flavor, these are perfect.)

    Tour Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Self-guided tours are free.
    Closed Weekends and Holidays.

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    Visit the Ice Cream Hot Spots of Cape Cod

    by zoegoddess Updated Sep 13, 2006

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    Create your own Ice Cream Tour!

    Four Seas Ice Cream Home-made ice cream made on site with great flavors varying from cantaloupe to (my personal fave) peanut butter chip chocolate. They also serve great sandwiches to boot. It is definitely worth the wait when there's a line! Four Seas opens the Saturday before Memorial Weekend and closes the Sunday before Labor Day: 9am - 10:30pm, 7 days a week. Also open in Spring on weekdays from 10am-10pm.
    Address: 360 S Main Street, Centerville, MA.
    Tel: 508.775.1394

    Chad's Ice Cream A kid's delight! They have soft-serve that'll tantalize your taste buds. My little sister's ultimate fave is Bubble Gum. Something for everyone, for sure. :-)
    Address: 4075 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, MA 02635
    Tel: 508.428.1048

    Gone Chocolate The name really does say it all--this place has fabulous fudge and candy, cakes and ice cream. If you have a birthday coming up, they can even custom make a ice cream or yogurt cake for your special day. Their home-made ice cream is drool-worthy, and of course, try the chocolate.
    Address: 858 Main Street, Osterville, MA 02655
    Tel: 508.420.0202

    Katie's Homemade Ice Cream Formally known as Maggie's Ice Cream, this place has seriously the best of the best ice cream of Cape Cod. I mean, they even have signed pictures of celebrities who also enjoyed their home-made treats, so you know it has to be good. They have a very wide selection of flavors, but definitely consider Cape Cod Mud...sounds dirty, but tastes like a dream.
    Address: 570 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
    Tel: 508.771.6889

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    Visit local galleries

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jul 14, 2006

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    The Guyer Barn Gallery and arts center is a Mid-Cape Cultural Council funded project which helps to showcase local artists' work. The gallery itself is an old barn built in the 1860's and is a typical example of early wood frame construction. The barn has had a number of owners and uses over the years, including a bicycle shop. A studio/workshop was added to the barn to be used as classroom space. A variety of exhibits are scheduled throughout the season...and its charm is truly that of old Cape Cod. Stop in for a visit. There is a small parking lot which accommodates your visit.

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    Cruise the harbor....several options

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jul 14, 2006

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    Follow the trail to the waterfront where you will find a variety of tour boats. Some are small, some big. Some go to the islands...some cruise the bays. Some are slick, and some look a bit like a pirate owns it. You choose.

    tour boat, ducks and a man & his cell three size tour boats all at once
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    Follow the brick trail...to the waterfront

    by Pawtuxet Written Jul 14, 2006

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    There is a path which is well marked, leading you from the Main Street in Hyannis to the waterfront and town docks just about a block away. The trail is done very nicely with a 'wave' effect modelled into the brick walkway. It's a notable design element as well as a convenient way to move people from the business district to the waterfront. Watch for signs. You can't get lost. We're talking about a small town here.

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    In the mood for a pirate adventure?

    by Pawtuxet Written Jul 14, 2006

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    I'm not sure if this reminded me more of a pirate ship or the African Queen...but it's a unique and colorful boat to ride...and the crowd evidentally agrees with that assessment. You can find all of these boating opportunities at the town docks only about a block from Main Street. Plenty of options to choose from for an entertaining day on the water.
    This one is named the "Sea Witch".

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    Check out the artists at the waterfront

    by Pawtuxet Written Jul 13, 2006

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    The town of Hyannis has provided these little sheds for artists to rent for the season. Tourists can review their work in a group. Local talent displayed and for sale....before you board your cruise boat. It's an interesting concept for the artists as well as the life at the waterfront.
    Notice the blue hydraengers planted along the walkway. The Cape is known for this sort of floral trademark. We see great stands of blue balls at the entrances to the finer estates along the waterfront roads.

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