One of Hyannis’s Best Kept Secrets: September
Considered by New Englanders to be the "Capital of Cape Cod ", Hyannis is known internationally as the "All-American City". Together the seven villages of Barnstable —Hyannis, Centerville, Osterville, Cotuit, Marstons Mills, Barnstable Village and West Barnstable--nurture the unbridled beauty of Cape Cod's historic district, while promoting the family friendly fun of "Main Street USA". Hyannis is the gateway to the area and, if arriving by plane, train, bus or boat, it is likely your first stop in town. The town maintains an old-fashioned vibe that is a pleasant reminder of slower times. It is beloved by travelers for its laid-back atmosphere and friendly vibe.
Hyannis, along with its surrounding Mid-Cape area, is where you'll find the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, delectable fish shacks and award-winning restaurants, world-class beaches, the island ferries, countless outdoor activities and Cape Cod's most unique shopping.
Perhaps best known for its association with the Kennedy clan, the Hyannis area was also a vacation site for President Ulysses S. Grant in 1874 and later for President Grover Cleveland.
September is an ideal time to visit Hyannis , after the Summer tourists have thinned out and sizzling days have given way to a more temperate existence. With warm days and crisp nights, the weather is still pleasant enough to enjoy the outdoors.
Find many of Hyannis' most interesting stops along Main Street, including a number of shops and boutiques. Shops purvey everything from antiques to pure kitsch. You'll also discover architecture, museums, trendy bars, and restaurants with good food. Dine on simple, fresh seafood, creative contemporary cuisine, or most anything in between.
Rent or bring your bike and cycle the town–it's great fun and the scenery is amazing.
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.
If your interests lie with maritime history, you'll love the Cape Cod Maritime Museum , set in the very heart of the village of Hyannis. 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.
Not a lot of people know that the museum has the largest publicly displayed scrimshaw collection on Cape Cod with maritime projects for children and adults. Also offered are private chartered sails on their catboat, Sarah, a replica of an 1886 Crosby catboat.
The Cape Cod Maritime Museum boasts a vast gallery of history on such a vibrant element of Cape Cod's structure. As you tour the museum, one finds themselves becoming absorbed in the mariner culture and what it's like to live this lifestyle.
The town is best known as the presidential getaway for the Kennedy clan who spent any available downtime at the family compound in Hyannis Port. The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connection to Cape Cod while providing a window on the days JFK spent on Cape Cod; being with family and sailing on the ocean to which he was so constantly drawn.
Located at 397 Main Street in Hyannis, the museum is a unique opportunity to learn more about the private and public life of President Kennedy through multi-media exhibits.
Thinking of exploring the famous Kennedy Compound? Well, the property is still used by the Kennedy family and, therefore, is not open to the public. If you drive by, you cannot see the compound from the road, but you can catch a glimpse as you walk along the beach. But the best way to see their stately homes is from sea aboard the Prudence, an old-time Maine Coastal Steamer circa 1911. Hy-Line Cruises organizes a 1-hour sightseeing cruise past the Kennedy compound.
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