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Barnstable • Centerville • Cotuit • Hyannis • Hyannisport •
Marstons Mills • Osterville • West Barnstable

Things to do

The Cape Cod Maritime Museum (, 508-775-1723) on beautiful, busy Hyannis Harbor celebrates the rich maritime tradition of the area with artifacts, educational programs, and exhibits on boatbuilding, shipwrecks and more. Enjoy a sail on Sarah, the museum-built replica of an 1886 Crosby Catboat, or enroll in a sailing mini-camp.

For more on the history of the area, visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum (, 508-790-3077), which commemorates the days of the Kennedy summer White House in Hyannisport. Here you’ll find numerous photo exhibits depicting Kennedy’s presidency, family, and days of leisure along the shore of the place he so loved.

Enjoy something completely different across the street at Red Fish Blue Fish (, 508-775-8700). You’ll get a taste of contemporary and whimsical art, including vivid sea glass jewelry and festive light fixtures.

Beach it

M. McLaughlin With its long stretch of sand, large parking lot, outdoor showers, and snack bar, Craigville Beach in Centerville is a popular sunbathing destination for beach lovers. Located on Nantucket Sound, the beach is great for people who enjoy long walks—strolling along the shore here is a treat because there are few rocks, little seaweed, and soft sand.

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Donna Scaglione is a freelance writer living in Falmouth.

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Main Street Hyannis, looking east, toward the depot