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Visit Hyannis MA For Summer Vacation  
by Jeff Smith

Hyannis has become known as the Cape Cod town where the Kennedy family has its summer home, but there is much more to this old New England coastal town than its famous part-time residents. One of Barnstable's seven villages, Hyannis offers great, sandy beaches; golf courses; many restaurants; historic homes; a long history; and plenty of family-oriented recreation to fill your summer vacation.

Hyannis Beaches

While you are never very far from a nice beach when you stay on Cape Cod, lodging in Hyannis will put you close to some of the most popular. On Nantucket Sound, Craigville Beach is the largest and most popular beach in Hyannis. You can windsurf at Kalmus Beach; and Veterans Beach, Orrin Keyes and Sea Street Beach are open to locals and visitors. Some Hyannis homes available for rent even have their own private beaches.

Shopping in Hyannis

Historic waterfront Main Street is the center of shopping in Hyannis, although there is also the Cape Cod Mall. Hyannis sports all manner of shops, from antiques to art galleries and clothing to boating equipment. Other shopping destinations include Cape Town Plaza, Southwind Plaza, and Festival at Hyannis.

Hyannis Dining

The main culinary attraction, of course, is fresh seafood. In Hyannis you will find an excellent bowl of steamy clam chowder, fresh lobster, excellent scallops and certainly a special catch of the day. With an active harbor, there is plenty of fresh seafood coming into the restaurants and seafood shops each day. But if seafood's not your thing, Hyannis has plenty more to choose from, including your standard fast food chains, and cuisines representing tastes from Asia to the Mediterranean.

As far as restaurants with ambiance, you will find waterfront restaurants with views of yachts and the sunset, as well as historic sea captains' homes that have been converted to serve your palate. Hyannis is very busy during the summer, so it is a good idea to call ahead and place a reservation if there is a restaurant you really want to try. Most restaurants are casual though some of the finer spots may require a jacket or tie. You should also note that the town's restaurants and bars are all smoke free.

Festivals and cultural events in Hyannis

During the prime summer months, Hyannis is a Cape Cod destination for music and other festivals. Every Thursday night there is a street festival on Main Street, which hosts performers, craft vendors and activities for children. The Cape Cod Melody Tent hosts major national touring performers all summer, from jazz greats to rock legends. The Cape Cod Performing Arts Center also hosts national touring musicians as well as plays, musicals and other entertainment. There are also fun sporting events held in Hyannis, such as Cape Cod Baseball League games and Cape Cod Crusaders soccer matches.

Other Things to Do in Hyannis

There's still so much to do when you make Hyannis your base for a Cape Cod vacation. On the water, you can go for a harbor cruise, charter a fishing boat, or take a day trip to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. There are movie theaters for those rainy days or if there is a summer blockbuster you just can't miss. You can go whale watching or take a tour to catch a glimpse of the Kennedy Compound. On the matter of all things Kennedy, you can also visit the chamber of commerce's John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, which sheds light on Kennedy's time spent in Hyannis. Among other fun activities are kite flying, surf casting and deep-water saltwater fishing, bowling, tennis, golf and mini golf.

Hyannis Accommodations and Lodging

There are many types of places to stay in Hyannis, from historic bed and breakfasts to motels, and hotels to Hyannis vacation homes. No matter which type of accommodation you choose, one thing is highly recommended - plan ahead. Many lodging choices will book early for summer, some starting in January. Among your best options for comfort and privacy are Hyannis MA vacation rentals.

About the Author

Jeff Smith writes content for Inquire today about vacation rentals around the world on CyberRentals

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