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Enjoy the best of New England’s seaside charms in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Comprised of seven charming villages, it’s the largest town on Cape Cod. Barnstable is a great home base for experiencing Cape Cod and the islands beyond.
Founded in 1639, Barnstable is the second-oldest town in Barnstable County. As you walk through its small villages, filled with family-run shops and historic seaside cottages, it feels like you have stepped back in time.
Start your visit in Barnstable’s commercial district, Hyannis. Browse through antique shops and galleries along Main Street or go shopping at the sprawling Cape Cod Mall.
If you walk to the end of Main Street, you can’t miss the historic Weeping Beech. Legend has it that this massive tree was gifted to Barnstable in 1776 by the British government to encourage the town’s loyalty to the Crown. It still presides over the town today.
John F. Kennedy and his family famously summered on Cape Cod. Learn about the life and legacy of America’s 35th President at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum.
Take the ferry from Lewis Harbor. This is the gateway to explore Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Filled with quaint shingled houses and narrow brick lanes, these islands make for a picture-perfect getaway.
West Barnstable and Barnstable Village make up the north part of town. Watch the boats come in and out of Barnstable Village’s harbor or relax at one of its many small beaches. If you want to travel by train, West Barnstable is home to Cape Cod’s only operating train station.
Head south towards Centerville, Marston Mills and Osterville. These villages are mainly residential but feature quiet beaches and charming downtown areas. Enjoy beautiful views across the Nantucket Beach from Dowses Beach in Osterville.
Relax in the sleepy village of Cotuit, located on a peninsula on Barnstable’s southern tip. Sample the famous flavor of Cotuit Oyster Company. Their oysters' distinctive briny taste has delighted diners for over a century.
Barnstable is easy to reach by car, train, bus, boat or plane. It is an extremely popular tourist destination during summer months, so expect traffic and crowds.
Situated in the historical district, this romantic bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coast Guard Heritage Museum, Barnstable Harbor, and Sturgis Library. Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.
Situated in Barnstable, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of St Mary's Episcopal Church and Sturgis Library. Coast Guard Heritage Museum and Barnstable Old Gaol are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated near the beach, this spa bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Mary's Episcopal Church and Sturgis Library. Coast Guard Heritage Museum and Barnstable Old Gaol are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Barnstable, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Barnstable Old Gaol and Coast Guard Heritage Museum. Barnstable Harbor and Sturgis Library are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Bayside Resort Hotel is in West Yarmouth, less than 10 minutes’ drive from the airport in Hyannis, and within easy reach of Cape Cod. Guests have a great choice of beaches, and there are 20 golf courses within a 20-minute drive. Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are both a ferry ride away.
Situated near the airport, this spa resort is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Hyannis Golf Course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Coast Guard Heritage Museum and Barnstable Old Gaol. Barnstable Performing Arts Center and Cape Cod Carousel are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Falmouth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Island Queen Ferry, Falmouth Heights Beach, and Falmouth Museums on the Green. Menauhant Beach and College Light Opera Company are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located on Hyannis Harbor, this hotel overlooks the Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard ferries; the JFK Memorial is 1 block away.