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Kennedy lore is still a big draw, but so are harbor cruises, the Cape Cod Central Railroad, and of course Hyannis beaches.

by Tom Brosnahan
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North Street, Main Street, and South Street (map) bound the commercial center of Hyannis, with its shops, restaurants, hotels and inns, John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum, Iyannough Statue and Village Green.


Farther along Ocean Street are Veterans Park and Kalmus Park, with their respective beaches, bathhouses, and snack bars. More...

Go down to the south end of Sea Street for none other than Orrin Keyes (Sea Street) Beach. Besides swimming facilities, the beach has a little platform on top of a dune from which you can take a look at the sweep of the beach.

Kennedy Lore

The John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum, at 397 Main Street in the town center (map), is the most worthwhile "Kennedy site" in town. More...

Many visitors to Hyannis also stop to see the John F Kennedy Memorial, a stone monument bearing the presidential seal and a small fountain, on Ocean Street at Veterans Memorial Park (map).

You can also follow the Hyannis Kennedy Legacy Trail using your mobile phone as a guide. More...

Hyannis Port and the Kennedy compound, noted in news stories while the late President John F Kennedy and the late Senator Edward M Kennedy vacationed here, are west of Keyes (Sea Street) Beach and Ocean Avenue Beach. The Kennedy compound is not visible from the street and is not open to the public, so there's no point in going to look for land.

But you can view the Kennedy Compound and much more on a Hyannis harbor cruise by day or at sunset. More...

Cape Cod Central Railroad

Want to see the countryside? The best way is aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad excursion trains that go all the way to the Cape Cod Canal and return, serving lunch, brunch and dinner in the dining car. More...

Cape Cod Central Railroad, Hyannis MA
Climb aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad...

Cape Cod Melody Tent

Big-name stars and bands are booked into the Cape Cod Melody Tent, at the West Main Street rotary (traffic circle) in Hyannis (tel 508-775-9100). The season goes from late June through early September, and runs the gamut.

—by Tom Brosnahan

Cape Cod Central Railroad

Hyannis Harbor Cruises

Hyannis & Barnstable Beaches

Hyannis Hotels, Motels & Inns

Hyannis Transportation

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John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum, Hyannis MA

The John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum
on Main Street in Hyannis MA.

Orrin Keyes Beach, Hyannis MA

Orrin Keyes (Sea Street) Beach, Hyannis MA.

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