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About Hyannis, Massachusetts

History of Hyannis, Cape Cod


Hyannis MA history and location

Want to know more about our area of Cape Cod as you search for lodging in Hyannis, MA? Hyannis was scouted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602 and the Town of Barnstable was incorporated 37 years later in 1639. For the next two hundred years, shipmasters called the area home as they industrialized the area and by 1854 the railroad reached Hyannis. Hyannis has been a commercial and transportation hub of Cape Cod for many years and draws millions of visitors today. The most notable visitor and then resident was President John F. Kennedy who purchased the “Summer White House” next to Joseph P. Kennedy’s Malcolm Cottage. Kennedy brought the spotlight to Hyannis with his acceptance speech (see the videos below) and by frequenting the town in the ‘60s. Today, you can visit the JFK Hyannis Museum on Main St. or visit the memorial on Lewis Bay.


Today’s visitors appreciate Hyannis’ features, including:


  • JFK Museum, Hyannis Main StreetHome 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


  • Notable residents of hyannis 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:

  • Cape Cod beachesCovell 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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Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts 02601-4734

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