In our last blog post, we listed 10 attractions that were within just a few miles of our historic lodging in Hyannis. However, that was just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, and if you aren’t keen on spending your entire Cape Cod vacation having to drive from point A to point B, here are a few more attractions just minutes from Simmons Homestead Inn.
- Cape Cod Central Railroad
Rather than drive, a trip on the Cape Cod Central Railroad can be a unique way to get a look at some of Cape Cod’s most popular sites. From your train car, you’ll enjoy views of sand dunes, marshes and cranberry bogs. Many of the sites are inaccessible except by rail, so this can be a great way to see parts of Cape Cod that most people never get to enjoy. In addition to day trips, there are dinner train trips, a brunch train and a three-course Colonial Lunch Train.
- Interactive Pirate Adventures
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, families with kids can enjoy a high seas adventure aboard the Sea Gypsy. Pirate Adventures leave right out of Hyannis Harbor and last about 90 minutes. This is a great option for children ages 3 to about 10, who will enjoy the singing of sea chanteys and searching for hidden treasure.
- Leave The Driving To A Tour Company
We have all sorts of maps and handouts for driving all around the Cape, but if you don’t have a car, there are a couple of Tour Companies that will take you out and around. If you want to head out beyond Hyannis but don’t feel like driving, let Cape Cod Scenic Tours do it for you. You can opt to visit Chatham or head all the way up the cape to Provincetown. Tours run along Old Kings Highway (Route 6), and you’ll see light houses, woods, lakes, sand dunes and plenty of sea views. You’ll also return filled with knowledge about Cape Cod. This can be a great option for visitors who have only a few days to explore the area.
- Tour A Potato Chip Factory
The Cape Cod Potato Chip factory is located just 3.5 miles from Simmons Homestead Inn, and tours are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tours, which only takes about 20 minutes. It is self-guided and includes some sample potato chips at the end. And the Cape Cod Beer Brewery is a half mile away. Get some chips here and take them to Cape Cod Beer and nibble while you sample their great variety.
- Take A Historic Walking Tour
Many of our guests are avid walkers or hikers and if you also have a love of history, then a local walking tour perfect excursion for you. The Hyannis Kennedy Legacy Trail is one option and you can even download the map and print it out before you arrive or download it to your smartphone. The tour begins at the JFK Hyannis Museum, which is about 1.5 miles from the inn.
- Spend A Little Time On Main Street
On the day that you schedule your walking tour and perhaps a visit to the JFK Hyannis Museum, it just makes sense to stay a while longer and browse through the shops along Main Street which include antique shops, galleries, jewelry stores, clothing stores and more. From June to October, there is even a Farmer’s Market every Wednesday selling local organic products. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes. You can enjoy a scoop of ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s, enjoy some local seafood or grab a pint at a local pub. We have menus on hand at the inn from many local restaurants and encourage you to give them a look as you sip a glass of wine in the early evening at our lodging in Hyannis. There’s also a carousel and arcade ideal for younger travelers.
- Enjoy A Little Culture
The HyArts Cultural District is a group that promotes arts and culture throughout the Town of Barnstable, which includes the village of Hyannis. During the summer season, one of the popular local attractions includes a visit to the HyArts Shanties, which are picturesque rustic shanties where all types of artists display their unique creations. You’ll see everything at the shanties including photography, painting, wood carving, arts & crafts and much more.
- There’s Music In The Air
If you enjoy live music, several local bars and restaurants provide fantastic nightly entertainment. Concerts at the Cape Cod Melody Tent is yet another option, and a wide variety of artists has appeared at this unique tent venue including everyone from the Irish Tenors to Willie Nelson and even the Beach Boys. The Cape Symphony is yet another option, and each season brings with it a new lineup of concerts. For the 2016-2017 season, the Cape Symphony offerings include shows such as “Swingin’ Into The ‘60s” and “The Greatest Hits of 1720.” The Melody Tent is walking distance up the street towards Town.
- Maritime Adventures.
At the harbor here in Hyannis is the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. It has all sorts of information on the history of boating on the Cape and they always have a few boats that they are building from scratch. In the Summer they have sailing tours on ships they have built. Then just a little ways away in Yarmouth is the new Whydah Pirate Museum. It is based on the 300 year old pirate ship that sunk off the Cape in 1717. There is a replica and a museum of the treasures recovered from the actual ship.