There are seven villages within the boundaries of the town of Barnstable. Each are unique, historically significant, and culturally diverse. Centerville is located on the south side, mainly a residential area which includes some of the Best Beaches in Cape Cod, and the Christian Camp Meeting Association. Osterville is situated on the southern edge, primarily residential and includes harbors, inlets for boating and fishing, and a charming village center with charming shops. Hyannis is the commercial/central business district which includes several shopping malls and numerous town offices. Hyannis is also a fishing village and its harbors offer steamship access to Nantucket and Martha’s Island.
Marston Mills is located off Route 28. It is residential, very wooded with many ponds, and close to popular Craigville Beach. Cotuit is the village located on the southern edge of Cape and specifically used for residential purposes. It is home to numerous small public beaches. West Barnstable is situated on the northern side, residential and thinly populated. Barnstable is on the northern edge and houses County Complex, with numerous working harbors, small beaches, and nature trails.
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Southeastern Massachusetts is located in the position which can be best described as the biceps of the Cape Cod arm. Surrounded by Cape Cod Bay on the northern edge, Nantucket south, Mashpee and Sandwich west, and Yarmouth east. Located 53 miles east of Fall River, 69 miles from southeast Boston, and 250 miles from New York City. Town Hall is located at 367 Main Street, Hyannis, and the telephone number is 508-862-4600.
|The John F. Kennedy - Hyannis||*P. O. Box 2488 **397 Main Street||(508) 790-3077||Hyannis||The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connection to Cape Cod while providing a window on the days JFK spent on Cape Cod; being with family and sailing on the ocean to which he was so constantly drawn. Located in Hyannis, the museum offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the private and public life of President Kennedy.|
|Toad Hall Classic Sports Car Collection||Simmons Homestead Inn 288 Scudder Ave||508-778-4934||Hyannis Port||Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Collection of over 40 sports cars from 1950s through 1980s; mostly English, many Japanese, and all red. Admission $8, ages 10-16 $4. Age 9 and under free.|
|Cahoon Museum of American Art||4676 Falmouth Road||508-428-7581||Cotuit||Seasonal. Reopens end of March. 10 – 4 Tuesday – Saturday; 1 – 4 Sunday. Collection of 19th-century American art and primitive paintings by Ralph and Martha Cahoon. Regular exhibitions and part of permanent collection on view, as well as gift shop. Yearly Brush Off summer festival with auction, artists painting live, food, and music on Cotuit Village Green. Museum Admission: General $10, seniors & students $8, Members and children under 12 free.|
|Cape Cod Maritime Museum||135 South St Hyannis||508-775-1723||Hyannis||Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Celebrating and preserving the Cape’s maritime past, present and future, the museum offers permanent and rotating exhibits and hands-on activities for children. Seasonal sails available on Crosby catboat replica, Sarah. Gift shop offering nautical gifts for all ages. $5, $4 seniors and students, free for children under 7.|
|Coast Guard Heritage Museum||3353 Main St, Route 6A||508-362-8521||Barnstable Village||Opens May 1st. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Mission is to preserve and share story of U.S. Coast Guard from 18th-century Revolutionary War period into the modern era. Exhibits and artifacts on display, including scale-model ships, aircraft, navigation lights, lightships, lighthouses, ships bells, artwork, books, commemorative coins, more. Newly expanded Vietnam War exhibit and history of War of 1812. Blacksmith Jim Ellis working his forge in old Carriage House. Gift shop. Admission: $5. Children age 10 or under and active duty Coast Guard personnel admitted free.|
|Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit, Samuel B Dottridge Homestead||1148 Main St||508.428.0461||Cotuit||Seasonal Memorial Day through Christmas. Hours: 1-5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The homestead reflects life in coastal Cotuit during 19th century. Fire museum houses oldest fire engine on Cape Cod. Admission FREE!|
|Osterville Historical Museum||155 West Bay Rd||508-428-5861||Osterville||Seasonal but special events all year. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Gallery tours, 11 a.m. Thursdays. Dedicated to preserving history of village of Osterville. Museum complex sits on grounds highlighted by an 18th century herbal garden and 19th century ornamental garden. Museum’s permanent collection includes period decorative arts, furniture, ceramics and a dozen full-size wooden boats. Farmers market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. Donations accepted.|
|Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame & Museum||Lower level JFK Museum, 397 Main St||508-790-3077||Hyannis||Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Display of Cape League’s 100-year history and memorabilia from all 10 franchises, including displays of wooden bats and autographed baseballs. Honors past accomplishments of many standout players, coaches and supporters. Admission: $9, seniors $6, $5 ages 8-17, free for children under 8; includes admission to John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum.|
|Centerville Historical Museum||513 Main St, Centerville||508-775-0331||Centerville||Noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. One of the museum’s most noted collections features historic gowns, costumes, and uniforms, along with clothing and accessories of the 18th - 20th centuries. Other collections include: 18th and 19th century decorative arts, toys, tools, weapons, marine artifacts, photographs, furniture, and paintings. Children and adults will enjoy our replica 1860s one-room country school, and 18th century reproduction colonial kitchen. Parking available, handicap access, and Museum gift shop. Open February through December. Admission $7, seniors and students $6, children under 8 free.|
|West Barnstable Train Station and Historic Train Museum||2469 Meetinghouse Way (Route 149)||508-362-9287||West Barnstable||Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Circa 1911 restored station leased and operated by Cape Cod Chapter National Railway Historical Society since 2000. Scenic, narrated rides on Cape Cod Central Railroad from West Barnstable to Cape Cod Canal and return. Departures: 11:55 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. (one hour and ten minutes). Free parking, restrooms. Donation accepted.|