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Things to do in Barnstable

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Other Great Outdoors
“The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is a historical museum located at 397 Main Street Hyannis, Massachusetts. The museum includes a thematic panorama of photographs, archival films, artifacts, text panels, and oral histories of John F. Kennedy and his family.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“arcade, bowling, virtual experience, movie theaters, food court and shopping.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“A must-do for a lot of folks. Just be aware the cruise leaves from Barnstable, not Hyannis! Dock is on the north side of the peninsula, so leave enough travel time. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“In 1950, the Cape Cod Music Circus (now the Cape Cod Melody Tent) became the third musical tent to open in the US. For over 60 years, the Cape Cod Melody Tent has been presenting world-class entertainment in scenic Hyannis. One of only two continuously-operated tent theatres in the round in the United States, the Melody Tent is owned and operated by the South Shore Playhouse Associates, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting the arts, cultural and educational organizations throughout the communities of the South Shore and Cape Cod.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Beach
“Sandy Neck is a must see - beautiful scenery and the perfect north side beach. Walk the trails through the endless dunes on a 6 mile trail. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Food
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“The best ice cream on the Cape! Be prepared: the line will be long in the summer, but it is totally worth the wait! ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Martinis, tapas, pizza & sushi, plus live music & DJs nightly, in a slick, modern lounge setting.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Just down the street, Craigville is a lovely spot if you want a long walk on the beach or just a day at the ocean.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“In Hyannis you can catch a ferry to either Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket. Be sure to book ahead in the summer the boats do fill up quickly. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Expect a wait here but the food is worth it. A good place for flatbread and wine. Also, try the lentil meatballs! However, if you're in a big group, I'd skip it.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bakery
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“High end restaurant, appropriate for adults. Fantastic food, small bar. They have a bakery attached to the left of the entrance, great Sunday morning place for take out croissants. Crowded! ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Theatre
“The mid-capes premier theater for musicals, plays and live musical events, plus an art gallery, plus art classes! Check their website, artsonthecape.org, for the latest schedule. Follow them on FB or Instagram. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“It is the hoppin hangout in town! Wonderful coffee, breakfast sandwiches and baked goods. We love walking the dog there on Sunday mornings. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 2
“Cape Cod has beautiful beaches, lots of small quaint towns, shopping, dining, antiquing, and great New England towns ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Lots of local attractions, cape cod mall and many restaurants, as well as a local airport”
  • 19 locals recommend
Meal Delivery
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“The Brazilian Grill - Hyannis offers an authentic Brazilian dining experience serving you an all you can eat barbecue. They offers a wide variety of different cuts of beef, pork, lamb and chicken that are slowly cooked. They also have a full service bar with a variety of wines, beers and Brazilian drinks such as the famous Caipirinha. ”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Tapas Restaurant
“Martinis, tapas, pizza & sushi, plus live music & DJs nightly, in a slick, modern lounge setting.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Expect a wait here but the food is worth it. A good place for flatbread and wine. Also, try the lentil meatballs! However, if you're in a big group, I'd skip it.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bakery
“High end restaurant, appropriate for adults. Fantastic food, small bar. They have a bakery attached to the left of the entrance, great Sunday morning place for take out croissants. Crowded! ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Meal Delivery
“The Brazilian Grill - Hyannis offers an authentic Brazilian dining experience serving you an all you can eat barbecue. They offers a wide variety of different cuts of beef, pork, lamb and chicken that are slowly cooked. They also have a full service bar with a variety of wines, beers and Brazilian drinks such as the famous Caipirinha. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Close to the water, the restaurant is a fun spot to grab a bite, and then walk along the artisan booths on the marina in the summer.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“One of my favorite restaurant/bars! Right in Hyannis harbor, guests can drive their boats right up to the restaurant. There are 2 sides - a bar side with table service and a family-friendly side with counter service. I recommend the Cape Slider combo, clam strip roll, or lobster roll. And of course a mudslide!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a little bit of NYC Soho is our little sophisticated village where you can get a great cocktail and delicious small plates at the very friendly and conversant bar or a beautiful special occasion dinner.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wimpy's started selling hamburgers 6 decades ago and now is the best all around restaurant and meeting place in the village, It has a to go menu from its adjacent Seafood Market of prepared dinners to eat at home ,as well as fresh fish and shellfish and great clam chowder. But its restaurant open for lunch and dinner is a wonderful tavern and colonial style restaurant with a green house side that offers obviously great seafood.”
  • 15 locals recommend

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