Greater Hyannis is a paradise for people of every age but, for families with children, our Town really pulls out all the stops! We have seven villages filled with such a tremendous variety of safe and enjoyable fun, most families will not know where to start! Some villages are more residential, with not so many sights or restaurants, but each is truly distinctively different and memorable in its own way.
It’s best to start with Hyannis, after all, it’s “the hub” of the Cape. From this timeless village, many families have a great time circulating along both sides of our mile-long Main Street! But then, there’s the carousel, ice cream and candy shops, pizza parlors, Friday lobster roll lunches, family amusement center, Main Street and beach trolleys, amphibious vehicle excursions, Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame, the ever-popular JFK state that fronts the JFK Hyannis Museum, the Village Green, Cape Cod Central Railroad tours, free live performances, Walkway to the Sea to Hyannis Harbor where families can observe artists at work in the Art Shanties, watch the comings and goings of many seagoing vessels, including the tremendous signature Steamship Authority ferries to Nantucket not to mention Kalmus, Veterans and Sea Street Beaches plus free tours of popular Cape Cod Potato Chip factory … and these just scratch the surface.
In the Town of Barnstable’s other six villages, there are seemingly endless sights, attractions, museums, whale watches, kayak and eco tours, meandering Old Kings Highway with its eclectic four centuries of architecture, secret and secluded beaches, coffee shops, taverns, restaurants, clam shacks, rivers for fishing, conservation and hiking trails, the famous Trail of Tears mountain biking trail, ancient cemeteries, nighttime ghost hunting tours and overnights, Bay beaches and six-mile Sandy Neck barrier beach plus lots and lots of places to stop for souvenirs, art studios and potters, Great Marsh and West Barnstable train station. In fact, a family could visit the Town of Barnstable for a full week and would not be able to visit every attraction or participate in every activity.
Small wonder that the Town has been called an “All-American Town” — it is the perfect place to spend quality family time together in a beautiful and nurturing environment.