Outer Harbour, Hyannis, Massachusetts

Hyannis holidays - Quaint, friendly and cultural

The largest of seven villages within Barnstaple, Hyannis is the transportation centre of Cape Cod and is often referred to as the ‘Capital of the Cape’. Due to its large natural harbour, Hyannis is popular for recreational boating and deep sea fishing trips and is also home to the ferry service to the island of Nantucket.

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A cool town with a focus on culture and family-style dining

Things to do in Hyannis

The focal point of the town is Main Street, famous for its huge variety of top quality restaurants and vibrant shopping centre, which is the home of many family-run businesses. The small town, yet urban atmosphere, offers plenty of beauty salons, clothes shops, jewellery stores and fitness centres to keep most visitors happy.

Hyannis has a F.O.O.D District, which stands for Fabulous Owner Operated Dining, offering tourists and locals a choice of over 40 family-owned and operated restaurants.

Hyannis and Barnstaple have over 100 miles of unspoilt beaches including Craigville beach, which is the largest on the Cape. It is a fabulous place for the family to relax and enjoy some snorkelling or surfing, or if you prefer, just walking and soaking up the breeze!

If you enjoy sport you will fall in love with Hyannis as it has three excellent quality golf courses, and miles of local trails for hiking and biking.

Hyannis also boasts some excellent museums and art galleries including the John F. Kennedy museum on Main Street, offering a multimedia experience on the ‘Cape years’ of President Kennedy.

Holiday highlights

  • Ferry trips to Nantucket Island
  • Hyannis and Barnstable offer excellent shopping facilities
  • All year round natural beauty with miles of beaches
  • Easily accessible hiking and biking routes
  • Excellent restaurants suitable for families
  • Museums and art galleries including the John F. Kennedy museum
  • Professional quality golf courses

When to go to Hyannis

The most popular time to visit Hyannis is during summer, between the end of May and the start of September, also recognised as the period between Memorial Day and Labour Day. However, there are year-round events and the town is always welcoming and open to visitors, so even during the colder months, a trip to Hyannis and Barnstaple will be an enjoyable one.

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