Like many towns all around the Cape Cod area, Hyannis is blessed with some truly breathtaking beaches. The Barnstable area has eleven beaches overall, but nearly half of those beaches are private and mostly reserved for residents. Fortunately, there's still a lot of choice regarding public beaches in Hyannis. These beaches have a lot of good amenities and offer plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy. Read through the descriptions and guide below to learn all about Hyannis' best beaches. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Sandy Neck Beach
5.Orrin Keyes Beach
6.New England Beaches
5 Best Hyannis Beaches
- Craigville Beach, Photo: ead72/stock.adobe.com
- Sandy Neck Beach, Photo: pmstephens/stock.adobe.com
- Veterans Beach, Photo: Delphotostock/stock.adobe.com
- Kalmus Beach, Photo: Diana/stock.adobe.com
- Orrin Keyes Beach, Photo: Taiga/stock.adobe.com
- New England Beaches, Photo: Chinnapong/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of photophil321 - Fotolia.com
More Ideas in MA: Heritage Museums and Gardens
The Heritage Museum and Garden campus is home to a variety of both fun and educational activities meant to allow visitors the ability to have an adventure while also learning something (although it does not often feel like that!). Visiting the grounds is the perfect additional to any vacation to the state of Massachusetts.
The land that now makes up the grounds of the museum and garden can be traced back to the mid-1600s, through the original residents of the land (The Wing’s), the Dexter’s, and eventually the Lilly’s, who founded the museum. Annually, nearly 130,000 visitors come from all over the country and the world to visit the grounds, to ride the historic carousel, and to see some interesting and original artifacts that feature American artists.
Heritage Collection - Boasting a collection of more than 12,000 different items, including paintings, rare artifacts, and military miniatures, all made and manufactured by American artists. The collection and the museum itself was created in honor of the founder’s father, JK Lilly Jr, who was himself a collector of many rare coin, stamps, books, and other memorabilia (mostly American made firearms and miniatures with a military focus), although the elder Lilly was much more private with his collection (which was kept behind his house). After taking over, the hope was that making the museum more accessible to the general public would help educate visitors who would hopefully be traveling there from further out than just the small local area it was currently available to.
He went on to continue to collect thousands more items, all from American crafters and artists. The collection is broken up into four themes:
Carousel - Possibly the number one attraction at the museum is the Looff Carousel, made in 1908. This hand carved beauty, which visitors can still ride on, has been located at the museum for over a hundred years and still maintains its star appeal. Guests can enjoy as many rides as they would like with the cost of museum admission.
Adventure Park - For more adventurous guests who enjoy ziplining and climbing, there is the adventure park. Enjoy an adventure with the whole family in the aerial forest, although this attraction is recommended only for guests age 7 and older due to safety restrictions. Try one of the five different trails, each varying in difficulty, climb across the tree bridges and try out the zipline! Monitored by trained staff and featuring a safety lecture and appropriate safety equipment prior to the adventure, the park is great for bonding, testing endurance and developing new skills… as well as having fun!
Make sure to plan ahead by wearing appropriate clothing, purchasing tickets ahead of time via the website, and bring a camera! There are other gardens in the area to explore as well, either before or after the adventure. Make sure to plan for plenty of time and check out the labyrinth, the maze garden, and the mill!
The museum and gardens work closely with classrooms to offer field trips that follow state guidelines while also being fun! The website has a full list of the offerings and reservations are strongly recommended as most classes and courses fill up very quickly due to their popularity. One adult chaperone (admitted to the grounds free of charge) is required for every 10 students, and additional adults are welcomed at a discounted admission price (although they are not allowed to participate). There is a picnic area located outdoors that is available, although it is not able to be reserved in advance.
The tour options are divided into two types - self guided and guided. There is a slightly increased cost for the guided tours, which are led by museum educators, and these tours last around 3 hours (as compared to the 2 hours that should be allowed for self-guided tours). There are also options at the adventure area provided the students are old enough to participate. See the website for additional information.
Shopping and Dining
For guests looking to grab a souvenir from their visit, there is the Shop (at Heritage). The Shop sells a variety of items that are locally made, including home decor, jewelry, food items, and more. If visitors get hungry, there is the Magnolia cafe, which features options like clam chowder, lobster salad rolls, quiche, salads, sandwiches, drinks, and a handful of dessert options sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.
Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA, 02563, Phone: 508-888-3300
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More Ideas in MA: Pilgrim Hall Museum
The Pilgrim Story is considered by many to be the United States of America’s founding story. The dramatic story of perseverance and courage, the dangerous voyage, the landing in 1620, the first fearful winter, the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock, has all inspired many Americans throughout the history of the nation. The story of the pilgrims has been represented in many major historical paintings, such as the heroic Landing of the Pilgrims by Henry Sargent and the First Thanksgiving by Jennie Brownscombe. The actual story that serves as an inspiration for these painting is a far more heroic tale. Located in the heart of historic Plymouth in the state of Massachusetts, the Pilgrim Hall Museum shares this amazing story with visitors of all ages, locals and tourists alike.
The Pilgrim Hall Museum is the older public museum operating continuously in the United States. The museum is home to an unparalleled collection of objects once owned by the Pilgrims. These artifact tell the tale of determined and brave men and women who built homes and lives for themselves and their families in a new, unknown world. Among these various Pilgrim possessions are the Bible owned by William Bradford, William Brewster’s great chair, the sword used by Myles Standish, and the cradle of Peregrine White, the first Pilgrim child born in New England. The museums also features the a portrait of Edward Winslow, the only portrait of a Pilgrim that was painted from life, and an embroidery made by the daughter of Myles Standish, the earliest sample created in America.
At the Pilgrim Hall Museum, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the Wampanoag, or “People of the Dawn.” This Native American tribe are the people who had inhabited the area for around ten thousand years before the settlers from Europe arrived and are still reside in the area today. The interesting tale of the interrelationship between the European settlers and the Wampanoag continues up through the horrible conflict, known as King Philip’s War, that took place in the 1670’s. Visitors are invited to come to the museum to learn and explore the history behind this story.
Displaying a collection of various Pilgrim and Native American artifact, the Pilgrim Hall Museum is a gallery-type museum that shares the story of the traditions and founding of America. The museum features two different types of exhibits: changing exhibitions and permanent exhibits. The permanent displays at the museum combine historical information and artifact from the museum’s collections to highlight the Native American and Pilgrim story to the year 1692, the year in which the Plymouth Colony came to its end. These permanent exhibits offer visitors a great way to learn more about the history of the Pilgrims.
Visitors can view a variety of possessions of the Pilgrims at the Pilgrim Hall Museum that came to America aboard the Mayflower. Guest can watch a short film as an introduction to the museum, as well as view temporary, changing exhibitions on different topics. These changing exhibits are often created around a particular collection segment or a specific Pilgrim-based theme.
75 Court Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts, Phone: 508-746-1620
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More Ideas in MA: Hanover Theatre
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to expanding the appreciation of performing arts. From modern dance to theatrical plays, the Hanover Theatre offers a wide assortment of shows and events that appeal to people of all walks of life and all ages. There are also a wide variety of workshops and classes offered through the conservatory that enrich the lives of all those who are interested in discovering more about the arts.
Hanover Theatre always offers a host of upcoming shows and events for the public to enjoy. From ballets to film festivals to comedy shows, guests are sure to find something that entertains them. Visit the website for an updated listing of all the current and upcoming events taking place at the Hanover Theatre. Guests can also purchase tickets for a wide variety of events as well view a seating chart for an event prior to purchasing a ticket.
The Hanover Theatre offers several membership options, which allow patrons to show their continued support for the performing arts. Memberships make it possible for the Hanover Theatre to not only support and offer a variety of performing arts venues and outlets, but also continue its dedication of presenting quality art programs to the public.
They are quite a few benefits associated with becoming a member of the Hanover Theatre. Some of the membership perks include:
· Discounts on tickets
· Free parking
· Advance notice of new shows
· Complimentary ticket exchange
· Member cards
There are various levels of membership support. Visit their website to view the membership options and select the membership tier that is most applicable.
The Conservatory at Hanover Theatre offers people of all ages an opportunity to explore their creative sides through a wide variety of classes and workshops. Some of the classes and workshops offered via the conservatory include:
· Technical theatre and design
· Youth ballet
· Master classes
The Hanover Theatre offers an open house to those interested in learning more about the upcoming semester of classes and workshops. For more information about conservatory classes and upcoming open houses, contact Kelly at (508) 471-1765.
Support Hanover Theatre
Hanover Theatre is owned and operated by the not-for-profit Worcester Center for Performing Arts. As a nonprofit organization, support from the local community and patrons is very important to enable it to continue offering an assortment of classes, workshops, performances, and other performing arts venues that the public so thoroughly enjoys.
The Hanover Theatre urges patrons to show support in whichever ways are most convenient and viable for them. Some ways to show support include:
· Obtaining a membership
· Utilizing advertising opportunities
· Individual giving (Amazon Smile, planned giving, matching gifts, etc.)
· Corporate sponsorships
Individuals who are interested in supporting the Hanover Theatre can learn more about ways to give by contacting Director of Development Nel Lazour via email or by phone at (508) 471-1770.
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01608, Phone: 877-571-7469
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