Top things to do in Barnstable

Beach in Barnstable

Sandy Neck Beach

The barrier beach at Sandy Neck extends 6.5 miles along Cape Cod Bay, backed the entire way by undulating dunes and a scenic salt marsh. It's a destination for all sorts of recreational activities: brisk summer swim…
Ice Cream in Barnstable

Four Seas

This local institution near Craigville Beach has been dispensing homemade ice cream (and sandwiches) since 1934. Expect lines out the door, since everyone – including the Kennedy clan, whose Hyannisport home is near…
Arts Center in Barnstable

Cotuit Center For the Arts

Whether you're looking to take in a musical or learn the basics of landscape painting, the overflowing calendar of events at the Cotuit Center For the Arts will keep anyone itching for cultural offerings busy. There…
American in Barnstable

Five Bays Bistro

For a bit of fine dining on Barnstable's southern expanse make a reservation at Five Bays Bistro. Its seasonal menu specializes in unctuous American recipes, such as Guinness braised short ribs and apple-cider brine…
Museum in Barnstable

Cahoon Museum of American Art

Contemporary painting and traditional folk art from various eras and cultures across America are highlighted at the Cahoon Museum of American Art. There's also an impressive permanent collection of early American ar…
Beach in Barnstable

Craigville Beach

Looking for a warm-water swim? Craigville, like other south-side beaches, has warmer water than those on the Cape's north side. This mile-long stretch of sand is a great swimming beach that attracts a college crowd.…
Pizza in Barnstable

Crisp

Stop in this ultra-popular restaurant, which specializes in creative flatbreads with ingredients such as duck bacon and butternut squash. Even if you're not peckish, the bar is a great spot to grab a drink and gab w…