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Things to Do in Hyannis, Massachusetts

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Hyannis Things to Do

Hyannis is a prominent town on Cape Cod, often referred to as the “Capitol of Cape Cod.” With its history, beautiful sights, and fun things to do, it’s not surprising that Hyannis is a top draw on the Cape.

Hyannis’ Main Street

Find many of Hyannis’ most interesting stops along Main Street, including a number of shops and boutiques. You’ll also discover architecture, museums, trendy bars, and restaurants with good food. Rent or bring your bike and cycle the town–it’s great fun and the scenery is amazing.

Explore the Waterfront

There is a well-marked path that leads you from Main Street to the waterfront. The trail is done very nicely with a “wave” effect modeled into the brick walkway. Watch for the signs and you can’t get lost. Once down on the waterfront, you’ll find plenty of things to do, including:

  • Cruising the harbor
  • Renting a fishing boat
  • Going on an excursion to one of the local islands
  • Visiting the many artists stores on the waterfront

For the Foodie in You

Eating in Hyannis is both fun and delicious. Check out one of the fabulous ice cream shops–most offer both traditional and unique flavors, and some even make their ice cream onsite. There are shops that sell fudge and other candies too.

Cape Cod Potato Chips is one of the few small potato chip manufacturers left in New England. There’s a factory tour that’s a visitor favorite.

Learn Some History

Stop by the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum to learn more about the story of the beginnings of Hyannis, its long association with the Kennedy family (and their stories), and Hyannis in the present day. If your interests lie with maritime history, you’ll love the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. Learn about the history of fishing, boating, and boat building and other water-related activities in Hyannis and throughout New England. Find out about past “rum running” in the area. It’s also great for the kids, since there are lots of hands-on activities. Enjoy art exhibitions and educational programs at the Hibel Museum of Art.

If you’re just looking to relax after a day of exploration, take a breather in one of the several parks located throughout Hyannis. Also keep an ear out for the Cape Harmony Show in the evenings. It’s a group of ten women that sing acapella all over the Cape; the schedule is available online.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Hyannis.

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