A city with 11 villages and more than 45,000 people, Barnstable is the biggest Cape Cod community. Because of its beauty and charm, it is no surprise that tourists flock here during the summer months. So get on a bus rental in Barnstable, MA and come explore the city!
The seven villages of Barnstable are Barnstable, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville, and West Barnstable. Each one of these villages has a lot of attractions that you should see. So get a bus rental in Barnstable, Massachusetts and round these villages and see the sights in the most comfortable way possible!
The Cape Cod Carousel & Funhouse Arcade is great if you have little kids in your group. Or you can take the whole family to the Ryan Family Amusements where you could play duckpin or tenpin bowling, video arcade games and other activities.
Art. Cape Cod Art Association (Barnstable, MA 02630) is responsible for several arts-related events and it regularly holds exhibits in the art gallery. At the start of summer, they hold the Art in the Village Festival.
Tao Water Art Gallery (West Barnstable, MA 02668) represents more than 30 international artists and presents Chinese contemporary art in its galleries.
Poor Man's Art Gallery sells artworks, but it is a great way to see great works of art, paintings and blown glass up close. It also provides you with an alternative to the expensive art galleries in the area. Another small business you can go to is the Little Beach Gallery, where you could see the works of more than 50 local artists.
Then there is the Barnstable Pottery and Art Gallery, where you could find a lot of quirky and classic pieces.
Aside from these, you can also go to:
Architecture. Barnstable has a lot of well-preserved houses that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You could view these houses and admire their architecture. These include the Greek Revival Adams Crocker Fish House; the Josiah A. Ames House, with its Queen Anne Victornia wood frames; the Federal style Benjamin Baker Jr. House; Capt. Seth Baker Jr. House with its Federalist and Greek Revival style; the Nathaniel Baker House; the Capt. Rodney J. Baxter House that was designed by Orson S. Fowler; and the Italianate Capt. Sylvester Baxter House.
Other historic houses you can visit:
Others. Zion Union Heritage Museum is a premier museum in the area and it honors the contributions of African Americans to the rich history of the Cape. Here you wold see various artefacts that tells the story, culture, arts, heritage of African Americans in the area.
If you are looking for some great music, check out the performances of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center or catch the best local bands and nationally-recognized musicians and singers perform at the Cape Cod Melody Tent.
You could also check out Barnstable Performing Arts Center (Barnstable, MA 02661) a premiere concert hall in the city that can seat up to 1,400 people.
With seven towns offering the best food in the region, it is difficult to choose where to eat when you visit the city. So why not try a different restaurant for every meal while you are here. Better yet, check out the local favorites:
Shopping. Cape Cod Mall offers a great shopping experience for visitors and residents alike. And these local businesses also offer some great items for you to buy:
You should visit the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum commemorates and honors the coaches, players, and even the fans who have contributed to the sport and the museum. All ten Cape Cod baseball teams are represented here. Or you could go to the first maritime museum in the area, the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. The museum wants to preserve the maritime traditions and history through its exhibits, artifacts and events. Additionally, you should catch a Hyannis Harbor Hawks game too.
Also if you want to catch some great time on the greens, you have a lot to choose from:
The Kennedy Family spent several summers in Barnstable, and the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum (Hyannis, MA 02601) has some of the best memorabilia, artifacts and other memories from their vacations in town.
While the Centerville Historical Museum (Centerville, MA 02632) tells visitors about the history of Centerville and the rest of Cape Cod. It showcases an 1840 house as well as costumes, artifacts, quilts and other items from the past.
Further, the Heritage Museum & Gardens (Sandwich, MA 02563) has three galleries and sprawling gardens. Here, you would find folk art, vintage automobiles, a carousel and other exhibits. The gardens here feature a lot of plants, most significantly rhododendrons, daylily, herbs, holly and other trees, flowers and shrubs. You wold also see the old East Mill, a labyrinth, a maze garden and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Garden.
Then there is the Trayser Museum Group Coast Guard Heritage Museum where you could also visit the oldest wooden jail in the country as well as its Village Blacksmith shop.
Other historic places you could visit here include:
There are great beaches in the Town of Barnstable. Check out Craigville Beach in Centerville where you can enjoy people watching, as well as enjoy warm water and have lots of fun. You could also go to Sandy Neck Beach where you can experience marshes, forests and dunes, as well as a great beach leaving you with plenty of things to do.
You can also go to the Hyannis Beaches, such as Veterans Park Beach, Kalmus Beach, Orrin Keyes Beach.
Lastly, you should go to Hathaway's Pond where you could go swimming, kayaking, diving,hiking and communing with nature.
You could also visit the conservation lands in Sandwich, MA. Briar Patch is where you could see briars that protect and feed the animals. In autumn, the fall foliage here is a spectacle to behold. Other conservation lands include Murkwood, Talbot's Point, Maple Swamp, Boyden Farm and Ryder. Also, check out the Sandwich Fish Hatchery, where you can feed the fish and see them up close.
Bismore Park combines green spaces with art. Here, you would find artist shanties where local artists exhibit their works.
Barnstable has a lot of green spaces you could choose from. Go ahead and visit any of their parks and have a great time outdoors!
One of the unique things you can do in Barnstable is to tour the Cape Cod Potato Chip Company. It might be a short tour but well worth it! You should also go on a whale watching trip whle you are here.
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