Hyannis, Massachusetts, is one Cape Cod’s prime tourist hubs, and is sometimes known as the “Capital of the Cape.” It’s one of the jumping off points for Martha’s Vineyard via the Steamship Authority, and the huge harbor makes Hyannis the largest recreational boating spot in Cape Cod. You can swim, snorkel, and even surf off the hundred-odd miles ... Read more
of beaches. Fishing is a popular pastime, and history buffs can get their fix at the John F. Kennedy Museum, a multimedia exhibit designed to offer a window into the private life of the former president.

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  • John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
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There's a reason Cape Cod is so popular in the summer. This little corner of Massachusetts is a perfect summer idyll, with fresh seafood, homemade ice cream, and beaches galore. Just be prepared to book ahead ... Read more
and pay a premium. Visiting in April, May, October or November, when temperatures still reach 65F (18C) means a significant discount, with weather still nice enough for outdoor attractions, not to mention a touch of the famous New England foliage in the fall. Winter is best avoided unless cold, snowy beaches hold pride of place on your bucket list.

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

One of the bigger towns on the Cape, with a lot to do here. Don't miss walking through the cute town center!

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Melbourne, Florida

Hyannis Port is a microscopic village within Cape Cod made famous by the Kennedy Compound (this was President Kennedy's summer White House). Although small, there are some interesting tourist spots worth visiting.

San Antonio, Texas

Hyannais is a commercialized port town... I repeat small "town" yet charming. It happens to be one of the few "towns" which have a mall or even a movie theatre or a Chase bank.

Hyannis is a place you can visit in a few hours or a pit stop. It is well known for the Main road which contains cute mom and pops shops like jewelry stores, antique shopping, cooking stores and restaurants. Not to mention the public library or JFK museum.

For the antique lover, you can find great finds here. Not to far away is the port. With the right weather, it can be a lovely visit.

I would recommend staying here just a few hours if you like antique shopping or would like to grab a bite to eat.

As you are leaving Hyannis I think it would be appropriate to listen to Vampire Weekend - "Walcott" with the line "Hyannisport is a ghetto, out of Cape Cod tonight." And no no Hyannis isn't ghetto.

Worcester, Massachusetts
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Awsome for tourists in the cape in Hyannis, especially at the resturaunt Brazilian Grill. In Hyannis there are cool boat rides lots of houses for rent and storeslike CVS.

Sunnyside, New York State

Loved this cape cod city! Lots of great seafood and stiff martinis!

West Freehold, New Jersey
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