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HyannisUnited States of America

Explore beaches, shop for Cape Cod souvenirs or sail the waters around this coastal village, which was the preferred vacation spot of former president John. F. Kennedy. 

Spend a leisurely morning enjoying a coffee on Hyannis’s Main Street before heading to one of the city’s many beaches for an afternoon stroll. Rent a boat and explore the coastal scenery or explore Cape Cod by rail on the Cape Cod Central Railway. You won’t miss the fact that John. F. Kennedy used to spend vacations here, with a museum and memorial sites that pay respects to the former president.

Hyannis residents are proud of the town’s association with John F. Kennedy. Find out more in the J.F.K Hyannis Museum that explores his family’s time in the town and remembers his life. Pay your own respects by taking a walk to the memorial in his honor near the water on Ocean Street. Stop to enjoy great views across the harbor.

The large natural harbor means that almost all who visit here will take to the water in one way or another. Use the ferry service to explore the nearby Nantucket Island or Martha’s Vineyard. Rent a kayak or a boat and cruise around the calm waters.

Main Street Waterfront District and the parallel South Street are where you’ll find the majority of the town’s businesses. Browse the galleries, drink in the cafés and pick up souvenirs in the gift shops. Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss Toad Hall Classic Sports Car museum, which features old Porches, Ferraris, Jaguars and more.

Visit in summer and spend a day on one of the nearby beaches. Kalmus, Loop Beach and Veteran’s Park Beach are all local favorites. In the chilly winters the pretty waterfront spots are popular for long walks, making Hyannis a great vacation destination year-round.

Hyannis is the largest of the seven villages that make up Barnstable town in Massachusetts and it is also the busiest. It is the transport hub for the region, so if you are visiting anywhere on Cape Cod you will almost certainly pass through. The town is 71 miles (114 kilometers) south of Boston and 254 miles (409 kilometers) northeast of New York City.

Top Hotels in Hyannis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cape Codder Resort and Spa
Cape Codder Resort and Spa
3 out of 5
1225 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis, MA
The price is $158 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

This family-friendly Hyannis resort is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Cape Codder Water Park and Hyannis Golf Course. Hyannis Harbor is 2.7 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (972 reviews)

"Good place for family Water park could have a little bit cleaner."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Cape Codder Resort and Spa
Hyannis Harbor Hotel
Hyannis Harbor Hotel
3.5 out of 5
213 Ocean St, Hyannis, MA
The price is $119 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

This family-friendly Hyannis hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum and Kalmus Beach. Cape Cod Melody Tent ...

4.1/5Very Good! (599 reviews)

"Best hotel around. Very happy with this decision"…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Hyannis Harbor Hotel
Best Western Cape Cod Hotel
Best Western Cape Cod Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1470 Iyannough Rd. Rt 132, Hyannis, MA
The price is $96 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hyannis Golf Course and Cape Codder Water Park. Cape Cod Carousel and Wild Animal ...

3.6/5Good! (659 reviews)

"Prime location, cleanliness, amenities and free parking"…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Best Western Cape Cod Hotel

Vacation Rentals in Hyannis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cape Winds Resort, a VRI resort
Cape Winds Resort, a VRI resort
3.5 out of 5
657 W Main Street, Hyannis, MA
The price is $98 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 13

Located in the heart of Hyannis, this condo resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cape Cod Melody Tent, Craigville Beach, and St. Francis Xavier Church. John F. Kennedy ...

4.3/5Excellent! (204 reviews)

"Room was super cute and the staff were very friendly and helpful, we will definitely book again next year"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Cape Winds Resort, a VRI resort
1.5 Bath 3 Bedrooms Cape COD Home - Walk TO Harbor & Restaurants
1.5 Bath 3 Bedrooms Cape COD Home - Walk TO Harbor & Restaurants
Hyannis, MA

Situated by the ocean, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cape Cod Baseball Hall of Fame and Hyannis Harbor. Cape Codder Water Park is 2.1 ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Cozy home close to everything!

"Our family enjoyed staying at the home. It was close to shopping, the beach, and great restaurants. We would definitely recommend to a friend!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

1.5 Bath 3 Bedrooms Cape COD Home - Walk TO Harbor & Restaurants
Cape Cod Bungalow Walking Distance to Main St., Also Close to Hospital and Beach
Cape Cod Bungalow Walking Distance to Main St., Also Close to Hospital and Beach
Hyannis, MA

Situated in Hyannis, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum and Hyannis Harbor. Cape Codder Water Park is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (36 reviews)
Labor Day on the Cape

"My family & I had a very positive experience. Sleeping arrangements were perfect for what we needed. Loved the support mattress in both rooms. Could use some updating in the bathroom & kitchen, but all in all an adorable comfortable bungalow."…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Cape Cod Bungalow Walking Distance to Main St., Also Close to Hospital and Beach

Popular places to visit in Hyannis

Hyannis Harbor
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Hyannis Harbor

4.5/5(591 reviews)

See the Cape Cod peninsula from a different perspective by riding a boat out of this picturesque harbor or wandering along its docks and jetties.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
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John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

4.5/5(137 reviews)

Learn about the 35th president of the United States at this revealing museum, which is just a short distance from the Kennedy Compound.

John F. Kennedy Memorial
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John F. Kennedy Memorial

4.5/5(24 reviews)

Take a moment to reflect on John F. Kennedy’s defining role in American politics, as well as his untimely death, at this poignant memorial.

Top things to do in Hyannis

Cape Cod Explorer Kayak Tour
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Cape Cod Explorer Kayak Tour

$70
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Cape Cod
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Cape Cod

$250
Per adult
3-Hour Martha's Vineyard Island Tour from Oak Bluffs
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3-Hour Martha's Vineyard Island Tour from Oak Bluffs

$40
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Hyannis

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 45.26901669758813%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 43.7847866419295%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.461966604823747%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.9276437847866419%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5565862708719852%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

Nice city in the cape cod during the summer for family.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 23, 2020

We were in Hyannis during winter. Had lovely drive to beaches, but didn’t get out of car. Very cold. Good restaurant suggestions from hotel staff.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 30, 2019

I love the beaches and main st has lots of great shops!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 21, 2019

Nice shopping. Anything you want is near by. Quaint local restaurants and brew pubs.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

We love coming to Hyannis, but we won't stay at this hotel again, which is too back because the location was perfect... Maybe once this hotel is 'done' it will be much better.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

Location near to hospital.

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