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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
One of the great things to do in the Cape Cod area is just hire a bike and cycle around the various little port towns. Its great fun and the scenary is amazing.
If you prefer you can catch a ferry from Hyannis port to Marthas Vineyard and other islands off the coastline. These make an excellent day out and you never know who you'll see with all the stars buying property in the area.
Alternatively you could catch a bus to Boston and enjoy this amazing city, with great parks and restaurants, Havard Uni and lots more to take in and do.
I had planned this trip down to the minute we left. We took a Hyline Ferry to Nantucket for the day. I would receomend taking a ferry to Nantucket or Martha's Vinyard for a day. There are to ferry companies that serve Hyannis, Hyline and the Steamship Authority.
The Cape Cod Railway is an interesting way to see from Yarmouth, North Hyannis, West Barnstable, Sandwich, Sagamore Bridge to Bourne. It is a two hour ride into the past and present through scenic Cape Cod and some backwoods areas. We passed the cranberry bogs, salt marshes, sand dunes, followed the canal for a short distance and had a narrated tour the entire way there and back. My only suggestion is that they cut back the trees and bushes in certain areas for a better view. There is also a dinner train which sounded good.
This was a house we saw in our travels. One never know what will 'pop out' at you. I bet the view would be great. Below this house is a beach, which needed exploring. Take time to explore and not just go to the well known attractions.
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.
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!
Find one of these helpful young men to direct you into a parking lot and simply walk across the street to board your boat to the islands.
The Kandy Korner caught my eye as we passed by. I am
always ready for a sweet treat!! But they also offer souvenirs, T-shirts; gifts of all kinds.
The Hibel Museum has Art Exhibitions, Educational Programs, and Charity works. The main office is in Florida, but here you can see and buy what catches your eye.