Barnstable - Hyannis
- Beaches - Points
of Interest - Schools - Chamber
of Commerce - Barnstable Lodging
Incorporated in 1639, Barnstable is the largest town on Cape Cod. It
consists of seven distinct villages: Barnstable, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis,
Marstons Mills, West Barnstable, and Osterville. Hyannis is the commercial
center of both Barnstable and the entire Cape.
Its major shopping areas include Route 132 and Main Street.
Some of the Capes finest restaurants are also found here.
To visitors, Hyannis is best known as the summer home of the Kennedys.
The Kennedy Compound, just two miles from Main Street in scenic Hyannis
Port, is still a major tourist attraction despite being closed to the
public. The John F. Kennedy Memorial fountain is located on Ocean
Street. Other famous sites include the John F. Kennedy Museum on Main
Street and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on South Street, where a
plaque marks the former president's pew.
Located on Hyannis Harbor near Main Street are the Ocean & Sea
Street docks. Ferries embark daily from here on revolving schedules to
Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Within walking distance are several
ocean side parks and beaches. These include Kalmus Park, Veteran's Park,
JFK Memorial Park and Aselton Park.
For another ocean adventure, take one of
the daily whalewatching excursions departing from the Marina in
Barnstable Harbor. Baleen, Humpback, Finback, Minke and Right whales all
feed in the shallow waters of Cape Cod Bay.
Along Route 6A in Barnstable Village one
can find many unique shops and eateries, adding to the ambiance of the
town's gracious historical district. Spanning from Phinney's Lane to the
edge of Cummaquid, the district is lined with quaint bed &
breakfasts, inns, antique shops and restaurants.
- Covell Beach
- Craigville Beach
- Kalmus Park Beach
- Millway Beach
- Orrin Keyes Beach
- Sandy Neck Beach
- Veterans Park Beach
Points of Interest
- Barnstable Comedy Club - Kurt Vonnegut is just one of this
club's famous alumni. Founded in 1922, the group produces three major
productions a year and holds many workshops, improvisations and other
programs. Located on Main Street (Route 6A).
- Colonial Courthouse - This grand white structure was used as
the local English Court before the Revolutionary War. Built in 1772, it
is now a storehouse for bicentennial memorabilia. Visitors accepted by
appointment. Located on Route 6A.
- Lothrop Hill Cemetery - Dedicated to Barnstables founder,
John Lothrop, this cemetery has been used since the 1700s. Among the
famous graves here is that of the Commander of Old Ironsides from
1844-1846, Captain John "Mad Jack" Percival. The graveyard
offers a true look into the town's past. Located on Route 6A.
- St. Mary's Church Gardens - A rainbow of flowers blossoms
across this grassy knoll dotted with a stream and small wooden bridge.
In the spring daffodils, chrysanthemums, lilies, and tulips bloom
throughout the grounds. A welcome escape from summer traffic and crowds.
Located on Route 6A.
- Sachem Iyanough's Grave - A friend to the Pilgrims, Chief
Sachem of the Cummaquid Indians helped with hunting and supplies.
His grave was discovered here in 1860.
- Tayser Memorial Museum - This red brick building houses
Barnstable's largest collection of historical relics and
from ship parts to period town photos. Built in 1856 as a private
residence, the home was converted into a post office and eventually
donated to the town in 1960.
- West Parish Meetinghouse - A half-ton bell sways inside the
steeple of the oldest Congregational Church in America. This church has
stood as an example of elegant Puritan architecture since 1634. The
bell, constructed by Paul Revere in 1806, weighs 922 lbs. A five-foot
golden rooster weathervane has tracked wind direction since 1723.
Located on Route 149 in West Barnstable.
- Craigville Beach - Craigville is one of the most popular
beaches on Cape Cod, and attracts both families and singles. It has soft
sand and terrific waters for beach sports and swimming. Beach shops and
eateries line the sidewalk across the street. The perfect spot for a
beach day. Located on Craigville Beach Rd. off Route 28.
- Sunset Hill - The setting summer sun spills bright pastel
colors across the horizon from this scenic vista, offering a great view
of the Kennedy Compound. Located at the end of Irving Avenue in Hyannis
- John F. Kennedy Memorial - A heavily visited monument paying
tribute to the 34th President of the United States. Kennedy, a longtime
resident of Hyannis Port, is fondly remembered by many local friends and
acquaintances. This fountain pours into a pool honoring his memory, and
thousands pay their respects to the fallen humanitarian every year.
Located by Lewis Bay off Ocean Street.
- Hyannis Harbor - This harbor holds numerous vessels of all
types along its weathered docks. The Hy-Line ferry terminal also resides
here. Across the street are some of the best taverns, restaurants and
hotels in Hyannis. Located on Ocean Street.
- Main Street - "Dancing in the streets of Hyannis,"
the rock band Boston sang about one of the most socially active areas on
the Cape. This street is lined with shops, restaurants and nightclubs.
Something is always happening on Main Street.
- Crosby Yacht Yard - A well-known shipyard for more than 175
years, this site was made famous by the "Crosby Cat," a type
of slick wooden yacht invented by Horace Crosby in 1840. Modern pleasure
vessels are still built here during the winter. It also offers ship
moorings in the summertime. Located in Osterville at 72 Crosby Circle.
- Osterville Historical Society Museum - Housing a large
collection of antique colonial furniture, this 11-room museum is a major
town attraction. Originally built as a home in 1795 by Captain Jonathan
Parker, visitors are welcome here by appointment. Located on West Bay
- Barnstable High School
744 West Main Street, Hyannis
- Barnstable Middle
895 Falmouth Road, Hyannis
- Barnstable Middle School at Marstons
730 Osterville-West Barnstable Road, Marstons Mills
- Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School
2463 Main Street, W. Barnstable
- Bright Promise Preschool
57 Pond, Osterville
- Cape Cod Academy
50 Osterville-W. Barnstable Road, Osterville
- Cape Cod Community
Route 132, W. Barnstable
- Cape Cod Synagogue
145 Winter Street, Hyannis
- Centerville Elementary
658 Bay Lane, Centerville
- Cotuit Elementary
140 Old Oyster Road
- Cotuit Nursery
School Street, Cotuit
- Fair Acres Country Day
35 Fair Acres Drive, Marstons Mills
- Faith Christian
154 Bearse's Way, Hyannis
- Fisher College
142 Corporation Road, Hyannis
- Grade Five School
120 High School Road, Hyannis
- Growing Investments Nursery School
55 Attucks Lane, Hyannis
- Hyannis East Elementary School
Bearse's Way, Hyannis
- Hyannis West Elementary School
549 West Main Street, Hyannis
- Kiddie Kollege Nursery School
154 Bearse's Way, Hyannis
- Marstons Mills Elementary School
2095 Main Street, Marstons Mills
- Marstons Mills East Elementary School
760 Osterville-West Barnstable Rd., Marstons Mills
- Osterville Bay Elementary
99 West Bay Road, Osterville
- Osterville Elementary
350 Bumps River Road, Osterville
- Saint Peter's Nursery School
Wianno Avenue, Osterville
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