Hyannis Travel Guide

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Hyannis Things to Do

  • Special Events

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Wander Main Street and the Harbor

    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

    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...

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  • JFK Museum

    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...

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  • Hyannis

    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...

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  • Nice place to view the bay and beaches

    We made sure we visited the JFK Memorial near the bay in Hyannis. There is also a memorial to the Korean Veterans here. Nice park with roses blooming and a lovely ocean view.

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  • See a Cape Harmony Show

    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...

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  • Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tour

    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 -...

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  • Visit the Ice Cream Hot Spots of Cape...

    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...

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  • Visit local galleries

    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...

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Hyannis Restaurants

  • Great Seafood

    With its location, you might guess that Hyannis has an abundance of great seafood restaurants and you would be correct. Many of them are located around the harbor but there are also a few along Main Street. My favorite was probably Vista de Mare which was also recommended to me by a very cute local. The place has a comfortable interior, a varied...

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  • Another Great Place

    $14 in July 2014. This is a nice restaurant with pretty nice decor. The service was good too, my waitress was from Macedonia and had a neat accent. This is a great place to eat but not quite as good as Alberto’s (in my opinion). Hours are 11 AM to 11 PM Monday through Thursday, 11 AM to 12 AM Friday and Saturday, and 11 AM to 10 PM on Sunday. Nice...

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  • Great Italian Food

    $22 in July 2014. This is a nice restaurant with pretty decor. The menu features a variety of Italian dishes along with seafood and chicken. Good wine list too. The service was good too, my waitress was efficient, very cute and was from the Ukraine. Hours are 11:30 AM to "closing" daily. Nice place too eat; but a little expensive. My Veal...

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  • We are Gelato Lovers

    It was easy to find Caffe Gelato Bertini in Hyannis because we saw two young girls walking on the sidewalk eating something out of small bowls near the the place. We had a hard time deciding what to get because of all the beautifully presented choices, and then we wound up getting the same thing! Paid $8.00 for two small cups. Very tasty. Owners...

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  • Great selection of beers, and all...

    A friend and I decided to sample BBC after some local friends claimed that it was one of their favorite haunts. We arrived on a Saturday evening, but early enough so that there wasn't an endless wait. The staff was attentive and friendly, explaining the various unfamiliar items on the menu and encouraging us to try them -- and the advice was...

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  • Don't expect an authentic experience

    I love Mexican food and was truly looking forward to a great experience. Unfortuantely I did not GET that great experience.The food was of poor quality and seemed microwaved. Pricing was TOO high based on quality.Restaurant could use a good scrubbing and a handyman. not good.

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Hyannis Nightlife

  • Evening streets

    Along the Main Street of Hyannis you will find whales to amuse you. They come in a variety of decorations, as I mentioned before. Here we see one that is a version of GI Joe, I guess. The kids who were hanging around it were trying to convince us that they were the ones who made it. They were the artists who worked on it, and weren't they great? We...

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  • British pub

    Looks like this is the spot that is hopping in the main business district of Hyannis. I've been told that the tourists find it every night.

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Hyannis Transportation

  • Steamship Authority Ferry to Nantucket

    We took a day trip to Nantucket using the Steamship Authority Ferry. It was a two hour and 15 minutes ride for $35 round trip. Everything about this ride was very nice. First of all it wasn't crowded the week after Labor Day. We had great weather so the ride was very pleasant. The inside facilities are nice also. We didn't need reservations for the...

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  • The Flying Cloud is the high...

    The Flying Cloud is the high speed ferry to the islands, making the trip in less than 1 hour. The 138-foot vessel with a capacity for 280 passengers makes six trips daily from Hyannis to Nantucket. At a cruising speed of 36 knots, the vessel makes the trip in less than an hour while the standard ferry takes 21/4 hours.Hyannis (508)...

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  • The best way to get to the...

    The best way to get to the cape is either car or plane. There are several airports in the cape, and we saw a US Air Mesa jet landing at Barnstable Airport.The ferry leaves for Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, both available in less than 2 hours. You will have to check the schedule for the times. Hy-Line CruisesOcean Street DockHyannis, MA...

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Hyannis Shopping

  • Cute Shopping Center

    Yeah, yeah, these are all over the place and not that special and truthfully, I didn't even go into The Christmas Tree Shop here. This tip is about the shopping complex it's in and how cute it is. And, I did go into the Yankee Candle store and Trader Joe's here.

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  • Taffy: The Perfect Cape Cod Souvenir

    Christmas Tree Shop These shops are everywhere and carry a variety of products--anything from decorative lamps to shampoo, greeting cards to flatware. The quality may not be the absolute best, but the prices aren't steep, so it's a "you-get-what-you-pay-for" kind of place. But if you forgot your beach towel at home and need a new one before you...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Hyannis Local Customs

  • by witchdocktor Written Jun 29, 2004

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    Please, please, do not call yourself a Cape Codder or a local if you only spend a short period of time here during the Summer. Until you have spent several (at least) Winters on the Cape you are still nothing but a glorified tourist to us even if you own a house here. Our property taxes are sky-high because of the houses that dot the beaches that remain empty during the colder months of the year. The lack of affordable housing, cuts in local education funds and sheer winter boredom do not warm up true Cape Codders to those that pretend to be one of us. Trust me, we know if you're for real. Ever hear of "6Degrees of Kevin Bacon"? You can play that game here with any Cape Codder to any Cape Codder... minus three degrees. We know. We are very proud of who we are and the trials and tribulations we have to go through. A Summer home does not equate to being one of us. Sorry.

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Hyannis Warnings and Dangers

  • Cape Cod driving

    I know I may not be a Cape Cod local, but having spent 2.5 months out of every year there ever since I was an infant has made me more than just a "glorified tourist." So please, this is just a little driving tip/observation. Be very wary that with all the locals and tourists driving in the summer that there may be a little less following of street...

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  • One-Way Streets

    Here is a mistake I see once or twice daily on Main Street, Hyannis... people driving the wrong way. Yes folks, it is in fact a one-way street. Please look for tell-tale signs such as (gasp) street signs, lights facing oncoming traffic and such. Running parallel to Main Street is South Street, also one-way but in the opposite direction. North...

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Hyannis Favorites

  • The working men of the sea

    The working fishing boats share the dock space with the tourist boats in Hyannis. It makes it interesting to see the contrasts and have conversations with the men who operate both types of sea faring vessels.

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  • Meet the artists

    The artists are available to chat at the artists' shacks along the dock area of the waterfront. They will read or talk on cell phones until you come by to entertain them as much as they will entertain you !

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  • Cruise the bay area

    So many options on the waterfront around Hyannis. You could also rent one of these large boats if you have a fundraiser to plan or an enormous family reunion to entertain. Lots of good ideas on this waterfront.

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