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Right on the shoreline of Massachusetts, Hyannis is the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the area.

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About Hyannis, Massachusetts

Hyannis is the largest of seven villages in Barnstable, and is at the center of Cape Cod. This means it's a thriving hub of activity – there's almost always something going on!

From here you can take the ferry to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard and escape reality for a few days. But, before you do that, spend a day or two exploring this exciting village. There's a lot more to it than meets the eye.

For example, Hyannis has been home to the Kennedy family – yes, those Kennedys – for years. Throughout the village, there are statues and memorabilia celebrating their lives. See how many you can spot.

It's a natural harbor that has become a recreational boating port over the years. So, if you're a fan of sailing this is definitely the place for you.

Hyannis is also home to Kalmus Beach – a beautiful stretch of white sand that you should really check out during your stay.

What to do

Though the village is small, there's plenty to do.

Hire a boat and spend a few hours out on the water. Try to catch the sunset and enjoy looking out over the horizon.

If the water isn’t for you, take a stroll around Hyannis harbor. Look at the luxury boats and think about where to eat dinner – the seafood restaurants are always a good bet!

If you're a fan of shopping, you'll be spoiled rotten! On Main Street, the downtown area has a real throw-back charm. Cape Cod Mall – another great spot for bargain-hunters – is in the Route 132 Commercial District.

Both have a mix of independent and chain stores, so you'll be able to find everything you need, plus some special souvenirs.

During your stay, you should try to catch a Hyannis Harbor Hawks game (baseball), or a Cape Cod Sea Dogs football match – the atmosphere is electric!

Try to get a look at the world-famous Kennedy Compound, former home of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr and his family (including JFK). You can't go in, but go past and get a glimpse.

Find out more about the family by visiting the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. It's filled with photographs, films and artifacts relating to the entire family.

Do you like a beer? Grab a Cape Cod Beer brewery tour and sample a few of their drinks. The IPA is the local favorite!

Top Hyannis travel tips

You can walk around Hyannis without any trouble – there's no need for a car.

Remember to tip your servers in restaurants. They'll expect somewhere between 10-15%, as gratuity is not included.

For a quaint, quiet getaway, you can't go far wrong with Hyannis. Enjoy the peacefulness of the ocean and take this chance to find out a little more about the Kennedys.

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