History

Hyannis Historic District

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Today’s visitors appreciate Hyannis’ features, including:

  • Home port of Cape Cod
  • Historic Main Street and Waterfront District
  • Conveniently located in the middle of Cape Cod
  • Access to Hyannis harbor’s waterfront
  • World-class beaches for warm water swimming
  • Numerous restaurants and shops in the downtown and waterfront districts
  • Nostalgic Cape Cod railroad
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial & Museum (See videos below)
  • Gateway to Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard islands

Notable residents

  • John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
  • Judy Garland, actress and singer
  • John Havlicek, Boston Celtics basketball player
  • Kennedy Family 4 generations to date
  • Dan LaCouture, NHL New Jersey Devils hockey player
  • Eric Nickulas, NHL Boston Bruins hockey player
  • Larry Page, co-founder of Google
  • Paul Pena, blues singer, guitarist, 1950-2005

Town of Barnstable Beaches

For visitors and families looking to hit the beach near Hyannis, check out these nearby beaches for sandy shores and swimming areas:

  • Covell Beach Craigville Beach Rd, Craigville
  • Craigville Beach Craigville Beach Rd, Craigville
  • Millway Beach Off Millway Rd, Barnstable Harbor
  • Sandy Neck Beach, West Barnstable
  • Kalmus Park Beach Ocean Street, Hyannis
  • Orrin Keyes Beach Sea Street, Hyannis
  • Veterans Park Ocean Street, Hyannis
  • Hamblin’s Pond Route 149, Marstons Mills
  • Hathaway’s Pond Phinney’s Lane, Barnstable
  • Burgess Park Route 149, Marstons Mills

Start planning your Hyannis vacation by viewing a comprehensive list of Cape Cod attractions.


President-elect John F. Kennedy – Nov. 9, 1960 Hyannis Armory


President-elect Kennedy acceptance of the 1960 election returns on November 9, 1960 at Hyannis Armory which is located directly behind the Hyannis Holiday Motel. The election was on November 8, 1960.

Kennedy Home Movies Vacation Retreat


This home movie was made on October 27,1963, and shows President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy at the Kennedy’s vacation retreat.

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