at Cape Cod businesses that help support our community year-round with online and in-person shopping and dining.

The Great Escape

A peek at what the Villages of Barnstable have to offer

Barnstable Village
The Village of Barnstable is the Town of Barnstable’s most historic village. Set along the Old Kings Highway, here one finds many period buildings, some dating back to the 17th century, and historic sites within the village core. Barnstable Village (which shares its name with the county and town) is also the site of the County Complex, town offices, courts and Registry of Deeds. Barnstable Harbor is a working harbor as well as a Mid-Cape embarkation point for popular seasonal whale watches. Its small business district near the harbor includes restaurants, galleries and studios, the renowned Barnstable Comedy Club, several museums, business services and coffee shops. A number of small, secret beaches with stunning Sandy Neck views can be found along 6A.

Centerville Village
Originally called Chequaquet, and named because of its central location, Centerville is primarily residential, but has a lovely bowered Main Street with elegant homes, quaint shops, museums, steepled churches and a popular one-of-a-kind ice creamery. It sits along Nantucket Sound on the south side of town. Several crescents of landmark white sandy beaches in its Craigville neighborhood, directly opposite lip-smacking clam shacks, are extremely popular. Several beaches are sandwiched between Nantucket Sound and the meandering Centerville River, a popular kayaking venue.

Cotuit Village
Cotuit is a semi-peninsular coastal buffer between Osterville and Mashpee whose Wampanoag name is derived from “place of the council.” This smallest village — including five square miles with 12 miles of coastline surrounded on three sides by water — was part of a 1648 land purchase negotiated by Plymouth Colony’s Myles Standish. Primarily residential, Cotuit lies on Nantucket Sound and Cotuit Bay, with several smaller beaches such as Ropes, Riley’s, Loop and Oregon beaches. Interestingly, this land purchase was consummated in exchange for “one great brass kettle seven spans in wideness round about, and one broad hoe,” a fun fact memorialized in the popular Kettle-Ho, a village restaurant and tavern.
Many are familiar with delicious Cotuit oysters, which are farmed here. The village contains stately homes, historic architecture, Cotuit Center for the Arts and Cahoon Museum of American Art. Cotuit’s northwestern edge is called Santuit, a small hamlet at the junction of Main Street and Routes 28 and 130.

Hyannis Village
Hyannis (and Wianno, a section of Osterville) derived its distinctive name from Iyannough, a kindly 17th century Wampanoag sachem, or chief, of the Mattakeese tribe. Its village green is marked by a bronze Iyannough statue. Hyannis is the Cape’s mercantile, transportation and business hub. Its historic mile-long Main Street is perfect for shopping, dining, strolling or people-watching. Buses, seasonal trains, island ferries and airplanes are near Main Street. The nostalgic working harbor is a five-minute walk as are museums and many services. Cape Cod Mall is within two miles of Main and many historic houses and buildings are found here. Several outstanding warm water beaches including Kalmus, a popular windand kite-surfing venue, are a short distance from the village center. Nearby, in the iconic hamlet of Hyannisport, President John F. Kennedy maintained a “summer White House” and the Kennedy family has been part of the Hyannis community for nearly a century!

Marstons Mills Village
This village, surrounded by Cotuit, Centerville, Barnstable and West Barnstable, is without direct ocean access except via Prince’s Cove, far inland. Settled in the mid-1600s, there was a fulling mill and weaving operation along today’s Marstons Mills River. Today, this largely residential community features many cranberry bogs, lakes and kettle ponds as part of its glacial outwash plain, such as Mystic Lake and Middle and Hamblins ponds, but no salt water beaches. This verdant village is home to Cape Cod’s only grass airport, the circa 1929 Cape Cod Airfield, where bi-plane rides are offered. The 18-hole Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course sits on the site of an old fairgrounds. The pleasing village center, clustered around Main Street, Lovell’s Lane and River Road, offers quaint shops, restaurants and service shops. Burgess Park and its herring run provide enjoyment for residents and visitors, as does the disc golf course located there. A lovely pond located at Falmouth Road and Route 149, replete with a longterm resident swan pair, is charming year round.

Osterville Village
As you might have surmised, this quiet village was once a center for oystering. Its original Native American name was Cotacheset. It remains a relatively obscure village that has a stupendously charming Main Street enclave of white clapboard buildings housing an upscale collection of shops, boutiques, galleries, eateries and banks. Cape Cod Academy, a private school, calls the village home. Along the village’s shady byways are some of Cape Cod’s most impressive and lavish homes. Many of these, and yet larger estates, remain unseen within a gated community at Oyster Harbors as well as Seapuit, Wianno and other parts of the village exclusively the domains of wealthy seasonal residents. Osterville has two private country clubs, the Wianno Club and Oyster Harbors, both featuring 18-hole golf courses, tennis facilities and beaches. Crosby Boat Yard, port to renowned Crosby catboats and Wianno seniors, is located here. The latter was a favorite of President John F. Kennedy. Dowses Beach is the only semi-public, resident-only beach. This lovely beach fronts Nantucket Sound and rears up to tranquil East Bay, a favorite of families with children.

West Barnstable Village
This historic seaside village of slightly more than 3,000 residents in the town’s northwest corner, sitting along Cape Cod Bay and astride Route 6A — Old Kings Highway — is quintessential Cape Cod. Originally settled as a farming community, today it is mainly residential with pockets of shops, a few bed and breakfasts, glorious period architecture, cranberry bogs and the renowned and popular six-mile Sandy Neck barrier beach. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an influx of Finnish immigrants settled here; the village’s east side is sometimes called “Finn Town.” The magnificent signature 1717 West Parish meetinghouse at the village crossroads reaches for the heavens it invokes. A nostalgic train station marks a stop on the Cape Cod Railroad, replete with stationary train cars, plus village and feed stores, an art gallery and furniture crafters. The village comprises: Great Marsh, Sandy Neck and several smaller beaches; 1,100-acre West Barnstable; Bridge Creek; Otis Atwood and Jenkins Wildlife Sanctuary Conservation Areas; Cape Cod Community College; Cape Cod Conservatory of Music, Art, Drama and Dance; plus pockets of residential and mercantile properties.

Since 1874 senators, dignitaries and presidents including President Ulysses S. Grant, President Grover Cleveland and, of course, President John F. Kennedy have visited or called Hyannis home.

Best beaches to see and be seen

The Town of Barnstable has more than 100 miles of splendid beaches, including Craigville Beach, the largest in the Mid-Cape area, and

Sandy Neck Beach with its nationally renowned hiking trails! Our world-famous beaches are perfect for long walks, finding seashells, swimming, snorkeling and surfing. Many beaches are equipped with rest rooms and snack bars/mobile canteens. So pack your sunscreen, towel, lounge chair, books, and toys for the kids, and get ready for a fun-filled, relaxing day at the beach!

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Beach stickers can be obtained at the Community Youth Center,
141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis
Monday-Saturday, 9am-4-pm,
Sunday 9am-noon. (508) 790-6345


Time on the water is always time well spent. With the sun on your face, the wind in your hair and the sights, sounds and
smells of the ocean, even an hour at sea is our remedy to the rigors of everyday life.


4404 Falmouth Road (Rt. 28), Cotuit
508-428-0669 ·

With plays, musicals, entertainment, exhibits and classes in every imaginable art form, it’s no wonder that locals and visitors love to “Do it at Cotuit!” This season on the MainStage alone you will find: The Who’s Tommy, Silver Threads – A Musical Tribute to Linda Ronstadt, Victor/Victoria, The Piano Men 2- A Musical Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, Jekyll & Hyde, and The Sound of Music. Perhaps you’d like to learn something new? Maybe try these classes: how to paint, throw pottery, make jewelry, how to play the ukulele, write poetry, learn ballet or take amazing photographs? Not to mention the exhibits, improv and live entertainment all year long.

397 Main Street, Hyannis
508-790-3077 ·

JFK’s legacy comes alive in the place the Kennedy family still calls home in the summer! This year’s exhibits include: RFK-Ripple of Hope and Presidential Summers: The Kennedys on Cape Cod, not to mention JFK’s rocking chair on loan from the Waldorf Astoria New York where it has resided since the 35th president gave it to them in 1962. Coffee@ the Kennedy Museum offers weekly gatherings with noted authors, historians and experts on community issues.

181 Cotuit Road (Rt. 149), Marstons Mills
508-420-7118 ·

Voted Cape Cod’s #1 Gift Shop by the readers of both Cape Cod Life Magazine and the Cape Cod Times, this hidden gem is both a gift shop and a dress boutique. Here you’ll find a gift for every occasion and some of the most beautiful, stylish, comfortable, and affordable dresses! And be sure to join owners and sisters, Corrie and Samantha, Wednesday nights on their Facebook Lives at 8:30 pm ET, where they bring the Plum Porch to you!

3206 Main Street (Rt. 6A), Barnstable Village
508-744-6983 ·

Like a warm hug! Nirvana is consistently voted Best Coffee on Cape Cod by the readers of Cape Cod Life Magazine! Grab one of their Certified Fair Trade and organic bean coffees and a snack, and take a seat in their cozy living room-style setting. This is a great place to do a little creative work, enjoy a good book, meet up with a friend for an overdue chat, or just enjoy the picturesque village of Barnstable.

43 Wianno Avenue, Osterville
508-428-5757 ·

One of the foremost libraries on Cape Cod, the OVL goes way beyond the traditional library services of exhibits, speakers and classes for all ages. You will also find the Library of Things, Makerspace, an Entrepreneur Center, and so much more. Human Library coming the Summer of 2022! An event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people.


The best way to explore the Cape’s varied terrain is on foot, and walking trails are abundant on the Mid-Cape.
Walk along beaches and salt marshes and through pine-scented woodlands. Don’t forget binoculars as the area is great for birdwatching!

On Sports And Recreation

2022 Schedule

Where the Stars of Tomorrow Shine Tonight

About the Cape Cod Baseball League


There is no better way to understand a community than through
the people, places and things that provide inspiration.

180 Ocean St., Bismore Park and 51 Ocean St., Hyannis Harbor Overlook

Browse among the colorful shanties and meet Cape Cod artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios” in the heart of Hyannis’ working waterfront; follow the Walkway-to-the-Sea from Main Street to Hyannis Harbor. Artists change weekly. Both shanty locations are beautiful and breezy spots to visit at all hours to take in the sights and sounds of a working waterfront. Open daily May- October.


The society moved the Old Jail to the grounds of the Custom House and now oversees those sites as well as the Blacksmith Shop (available for tours by calling 508-280-3864). The Barnstable Historical Society, across the street from the Sturgis Library on Route 6A, houses a virtual treasure chest of history providing research assistance to schools, authors and the public.

676 Route 28, Cotuit · 508- 428-7581

Artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon lived and worked in this Colonial Georgian home built between 1775 and 1782, which houses their American primitivestyle work as well as work of other artists and a stunning collection of sailors’ Valentines.

3480 Route 6A, Barnstable

This contemporary building along historic Route 6A in Barnstable houses the Cape Cod Art Association, a non-profit group that has continuously operated since 1948. Member artists’ work is on display, and the center also offers art programs, instruction, exhibits and events year-round.

135 South St., Hyannis

Local maritime history, boat building, yachting and nautical art are featured in this museum near Hyannis Harbor. Book a sail on Sarah, a replica of an 1886 Crosby catboat. The museum has the largest publicly displayed scrimshaw collection on Cape Cod and brings in speakers from all over on various maritime topics of interest.

21-41 West Main St., Hyannis · 508-775-5630

One of only two continuously operated tent theaters in the round in the United States (the other is Cohasset’s South Shore Music Circus), the Melody Tent books a variety of performers from multiple musical genres each summer.


The professional orchestra of Cape Cod tackles the works of the classical masters as well as the popular tunes of the modern era.

869 Route 6A, Brewster · 508-896-3867

“Cape Cod’s Nature Place” is a unique destination for families to explore nature and regional wildlife. Tour collections-based exhibits, including whales and birds, aquaria with live marine creatures, a butterfly house and honey bee hive. Nature programs for adults and children. The grounds have three trails and a wildflower garden.

404 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, 508-428-0669

This dynamic arts and cultural hub features live theater on two stages, concerts, exhibits, workshops, classes and special events.

387 Main Street, Hyannis, MA · 508-862-4990

The Hy Arts Campus is a collection of town-owned properties featuring the Guyer Barn, a studio and community art space for exhibitions, classes, workshops, meetings and performances; 50 Pearl Gallery, an ever-changing art space and in the detached garage on the property is Fussy Goose Studio, a small batch candle and design studio. Studio 46 is a renovated and restored 1920 Colonial Revival style bungalow, purposely converted for an artist to rent a professional working studio and gallery space in downtown Hyannis. Corner of South and Pearl streets.

397 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02664 · 508-790-3077

Visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum to learn about the legacy of President Kennedy and his deep connection to Cape Cod where he enjoyed special days with family and friends. The Cape was the one place he could relax and feel at home, even while bearing the weight of the world. Learn why Hyannis Port was considered the “heart and home” of the Kennedys. Step into the unforgettable Summer White House days of the 1960s when a beloved president and his family brought joy and hope to a nation.

434 Main St., Hyannis, MA · 508-827-6300

The Massachusetts Air & Space Museum is a boutique museum in Hyannis that showcases exhibits on the history of aviation and space exploration, focusing on ties to Massachusetts people and industry. There are several hands-on interactive exhibits to engage visitors to
simulate flight.

250 Main St., Yarmouth Port

Tour this 18th century Colonial filled with antique furniture reflecting a number of early American styles and accented by colorful hooked rugs, ceramics and pewter.

288 Scudder Ave., Hyannis · 508-778-4934

From the famous “Wind in the Willows,” Toad was fascinated by the then-new motorcar, and all of the cars in his collection were red. In this museum at the Simmons Homestead Inn in Hyannis Port, which started out as a few sports cars housed in a shed, the collection now includes more than 50 cars, including Lotuses, MGs, Triumphs, Jaguars, Ferraris and Austin Healeys. And yes, all the cars are red.

276 North St., Hyannis

The Zion Union Heritage Museum celebrates the history of people of color on Cape Cod, including African-Americans, Cape Verdeans
and the Wampanoag people, as well as groups that arrived here more recently from Brazil and the Caribbean.

Let The Music Play

In the fall of 2021, the Cape Symphony returned to the stage at the
Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis, after the pandemic kept the musicians
from sharing joy with audiences for 18 months. Michael Albaugh, Executive Director, says,
“With every performance, we celebrate the joy of coming together, live and in person,
with the audience, our outstanding conductor, and our talented musicians.”

In 2022, the Cape Symphony celebrates its 60th anniversary! Since the orchestra’s founding in 1962 as a community group, much has changed, especially in terms of the quality and creativity that are hallmarks of today’s Cape Symphony. Today, 75 professional musicians make up the orchestra, led by Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak.

At campuses in Barnstable and Falmouth, a talented faculty, including many musicians of the orchestra, offers classes and lessons in music and dance, as well as the Cape Symphony Youth Orchestra program. Community outreach engages Cape Symphony musicians, faculty and staff with schools across the Cape and Islands, as well as with other community organizations, to bring the joy of music and dance to people of all ages.

Executive Director Michael Albaugh says, “It’s an honor to be part of an organization celebrating its 60th anniversary. Our impact on the Cape and Islands has grown immensely, and our mission to inspire joy, whether it’s in the concert hall or through our educational programs, drives us now more than ever.”

The Cape Symphony season wraps up in May. The orchestra will perform outdoors during the summer, and then kick off the 2022/23 season in September. From the Beatles to Beethoven, from the Roaring Twenties to Mozart, Passport trips through the music of Ireland and Australia, to our annual December celebration “Holiday on the

Cape,” Cape Symphony performances are always full of fun and surprises. “The joy of experiencing music with our fellow human beings is transcendent,” says Pak. “We always put together such meaningful, powerful events that we can’t wait to share with the Cape Cod community.”

Pak adds, “Everyone is welcome at Cape Symphony shows. You don’t need to know anything about music or have any particular background. Our goal is for each and every person who lives or visits here to give us a try – we promise a great time and we guarantee you’ll want to come back!”

Albaugh says, “What does it mean to inspire joy? We believe in having fun, sharing beauty, and making people feel wonderful. We guide audiences on amazing musical journeys, and we offer students of all ages the opportunity to discover – or rediscover – their passion for the arts.”

You’re invited to experience the Cape Symphony for yourself!

Visit the Cape Symphony website at for information on upcoming concerts and education programs. For tickets, call 508-362-1111 or email With questions about classes and lessons, call the Barnstable Campus at 508-362-2772 or the Falmouth Campus at 508-540-0611 or email

The Arts In Barnstable



Listen Local Live Lunch
Harbor Overlook · Noon–2:00 PM
visit for details

Cape Cod Ukulele Club
Village Green · 5:30–6:30 PM / Jun 20–Aug 22


Village Green · 5:30–6:30 PM / Jun–Sept 20

Summer Sounds Free Concerts
Aselton Park · 6:00–7:30 PM / Jul 5–Aug 16
visit for details

Movies On The Green
Village Green · 8:00 PM (Dusk) / Jul 5–Jul 26


Barnstable Town Band
Village Green · 6:30–7:30 PM / Jun 29–Aug 24


Tai Chi
Village Green ·10:00–11:00 AM / Jul 7–Sep 8
Open Studios · 5:00–8:00 PM / Jul 1–Aug 19
Hyannis Hyarts Campus

Listen Local Live Music
Harbor Overlook & Bismore Park · 6–7:30 PM
visit for details

African Drumming Class
Village Green · 6:30–8:00 PM / Jul 7–Aug 11

Jazzy Music Stroll
Main Street · 7:00–9:00 PM / Jul & Aug


Singer-Songwriter Series
Main Street · 5:30–7:00 PM/ Jul & Aug

Summer Sounds Free Concerts
Asleton Park · 6:00–7:30 PM / Jul 8–Aug 19


8/9 Mother’s Day / Shop Local Day – Main Street
15 Hyannis Open Streets – Main Street

19 Father’s Day Car Show – Village Green

4 Celebration & Family Fun
Main Street, Village Green, & Harbor Overlook. We’ve got a musical strolling paradise planned for the Fourth of July on Hyannis Main Street! There will be live bands and DJ’s filling the street with a variety of music for everyone. Blues, jazz, country, dance music and everything in-between! There will be lots of family fun on the Village Green, a boat parade, and an awesome concert on the harbor.  Plan to do some dancing on the streets of Hyannis on the 4th!


31 Love Local Fest – Aselton Park
8–17 Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival – Main Street

3 Fireworks – Hyannis Lewis Bay

18 Hyannis Open Streets – Main Street
25 Love Local Fest – Aselton Park

15 Shop Local Day – Main Street
15/16 Hyannis Film Festival – Main Street
16 Hyannis Open Streets – Main Street
31 Safe Trick Or Treat – Main Street

3 Holiday Stroll – Main Street
Artist Village – Gingerbread Lane
Santa’s Boat Parade – Bismore Park
Love Local Fest – Aselton Park

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Bread & Roses Bookshop & Café – 302 Main Street, Hyannis
Chez Antoine Café – 357 Main Street, Hyannis
The Little Sandwich Shop – 428 Main Street, Hyannis
Original Gourmet Brunch – 517 Main Street
The Egg & I – 521 Main Street
Columbo’s Café & Pastries – 544 Main Street
The Daily Paper on Main Street – 546 Main Street
Perry Lima Café – 573 Main Street
The Local Juice – 539 South Street
The Daily Paper on West Main Street – 644 West Main Street
Dunkin’ – 751 West Main Street
Island Café and Grill – 251 Iyannough Road (Rt. 28)
Honey Dew Donuts – 313 Iyannough Road (Rt. 28)
Pain D’Avignon Café & Boulangerie – 15 Hinckley Roads
Panera Bread – 790 Iyannough Road (Rt. 132)
The Great Awakening Coffee House – 20 Independence Dr, Unit B
Spoon & Seed – 12 Thornton Drive
Dunkin’ – 1220 Iyannough Road (Rt. 132)
Mary Lou’s – 1481 Iyannough Road (Rt. 132)


Nirvana Coffee Company – 3206 Main Street (Rt 6A)
Barnstable Market – 3220 Main Street (Rt 6A)
The Buttercup Café – 3224 Main Street (Rt 6A)

The Old Village Store – 2455 Meetinghouse Way

Cotuit Fresh Market – 737 Main Street

Fig Tree Cafe – 149 Cotuit Road (Rt. 149)
Morning Glory Café – 211 Cotuit Road (Rt. 149)
Dunkin’ – 3821 Falmouth Road, Suite As

Amie Bakery – 1254 Main Street
The Pineapple Caper Café – 29 Wianno Avenue
Fancy’s Market – 699 Wianno Avenue

Four Seas Ice Cream (seasonal) – 360 South Main Street
Lambert’s Rainbow Fruit – 1000 West Main Street
Dunkin’ – 1648 Falmouth Road (Rt. 28)

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