Barnstable is in Massachusetts on Cape Cod. The Town of Barnstable includes seven villages. Each village has unique and significant cultural and historical qualities.
Barnstable was the first place to be settled on Cape Cod; in 1639. Several Crocker family houses and farms from that period still exist today.
Centerville, located on the south side, is mostly residential and has beautiful beaches.
Osterville is located on the south side, is residential, with a charming town center and a coast that includes inlets and harbors for boating and fishing.
Hyannis is the town's commercial district including town offices and several shopping malls. Hyannis has a fine harbor and is also a fishing village. The harbor provides ferry access to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Islands. The regional airport and bus terminal are also here.
Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises, +1 508-362-6088 or +1 888-942-5392, .
Barnstable Bat Company, 40 Pleasant Pines Av., Centerville, Phone: +1 888-549-8046, . Thomas and Christine Bednark have owned and operated this baseball bat shop since 1992. You can visit their tiny showroom in Centerville, where you can purchase bats they have made on premises.
Tour The Cape Cod Potato Chip Company, 100 Breed's Hill Rd, Hyannis, +1 508-775-3358. Year round M-F 9AM-5PM; Jul-Aug Sa,Su 10AM-4PM.
Sturgis Library, Rt. 6A, Barnstable Village, +1 508-362-6636. Oldest library in the country (1644). Genealogical and maritime history collections, charts and maps.
Trayser Museum, 3352 Rte 6A, Barnstable Village, +1 508-362-2092.
West Barnstable Train Station, 2469 Meetinghouse Way (Route 149), West Barnstable (On Route 149 at the railroad crossing near Route 6A.), ☎ +1 508-362-9287, . Railroad museum for Cape Cod railroad history, open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May to October.
All Cape Boat Rentals and Jet Ski (All Cape Boat Rentals), 145 School Street, Hyannis (South Street past the Steamship Authority, right on School Street to the docks at the bottom of the hill.), ☎ 508-827-2001, . Open 7 days 8am -5pm. All Cape Boat Rentals is located on picturesque Hyannis Harbor. They offer hourly, daily, weekly, and seasonal rentals of their 16-25 foot Boston Whaler boats and Yamaha jet skis. $99+. (41.65122,-70.27603)
Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St., Hyannis, +1 508-775-5630 (Box Office, daily 12PM-5PM, . Intimate theatre in the round with a schedule of world class acts.
Barnstable Comedy Club, Village Hall - Route 6A, Barnstable, +1 508-362-6333 (General Information), +1 508-375-6333 (Box Office).
Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, +1 508-362-2131 (General Information), +1 508-375-4044 (Box Office).
Cape Cod Soaring, 114 Lovells Ln., Marstons Mills, +1 508-420-4201, . Year-round daily 9AM-10PM. Take a trip in a glider (sailplane): 20-40 minutes $90-$160.
Great Marsh Kayak Tours, +1 508-775-6447, . Three to four hour tours for beginner, fly fishermen, naturalists, sunsets.
West Barnstable Train Station, +1 508-362-9287 [www.capecodnrhs.org]. Open 9am - 2pm end of May through October. Historical train museum; scenic train ride tickets on sale up until train departure 11:55am.
Historic Beech Tree, behind 599 / 605 Main Street, Hyannis (Almost to the end of the one-way Main Street on the left hand side just beyond the Mass Bay store). The Historic English Weeping Beech tree is a must-see for the historically interested or for those that just want to see a HUGE Weeping Beech. This tree has been featured in Cape Cod Life magazine (July, 2010) and it's history is amazing! As legend and lore based on historic events have it, the tree was gifted to the town of Barnstable in 1776 by the British Governor of the area "to be planted in the center of commerce" (Hyannis) as a reward for loyalty to the Crown. It seems that the seeds of the Revolution were sown by a Barnstable patriot named James Otis - whose statue is on the grounds of the Barnstable Court House. Within a year, he was attacked by British Revenue Officers and sustained a major head wound. Whether this fear tactic worked or not is unknown, but Barnstable, in 1776, was the only town on Cape Cod that did not vote for independence from the Crown. When coming to see the Weeping Beech, visitors can relax with a cocktail in the Beech Tree Garden Court under the tree's sweeping canopy. With shops and restaurants close at hand, this is a "one-stop" destination.
Treasures & Temptations, 605 Main St. Hyannis (Cape Cod), Massachusetts (Almost to the end of the one-way Main Street on the left hand side just beyond the Mass Bay store), ☎ 508-648-7902. hours vary by season, call for info. A unique "everything" store that has been hailed as "Just like eBay except you can touch things" which is a quote from a customer. From Victoria's Secret lingerie to antique furniture, vintage smoking pipes to fur coats and an Irish shop that has gifts for most European nationalities, this store has something for most everyone. If nothing else, people generally have a chuckle or an OMG!at some of the off-the-wall items such as the Lady GaGaish boots or the 1896 Regina music box that plays a metal disk - the forerunner to the Victrola. Liz, the owner is personable as well as honorable and loves to make people happy. This is the one store that should be a "destination" when in Hyannis on Cape Cod Massachusetts.
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