Welcome to Barnstable

Barnstable's villages include Hyannis, the Cape's commercial and transportation hub on the sound (which has a pocket known as Hyannisport, famous for the Kennedy compound). Hyannis is bordered on the west by Centerville, Osterville and Cotuit; these run along the sound, on the Cape's south side, where you can find pretty beaches and big estates. Barnstable village and West Barnstable are on the bay side of the Cape (along MA 6A) and offer fewer attractions than their oceanside sister villages. Marstons Mills is more or less between MA 28 and MA 6A.

Top experiences in Barnstable

Barnstable activities

$28 Cultural & Theme Tours

Plimoth Plantation, Plimoth Grist, Mayflower II Admission

Plimoth Plantation is a roughly one-hour drive from Boston. You can choose to visit one, two or all three exhibits mentioned below. See Pricing for admission details.Plimoth PlantationPlimoth Plantation is the centerpiece of the outdoor museum, with a 17th-Century English village, Wampanog homesite, craft center, Nye Barn and visitor's center. All are located on the same property. At the 17th-Century English village, travel back to the year 1627! Costumed actors answer questions in character, and inform guests of the Pilgrims difficult beginnings in the colony. See live demos on blacksmithing, farming and cooking in the village. Next to the Village, you’ll find the Wampanoag Homesite and meet people who explain the history and culture of the Wampanoag people.Contemporary artisans share 17th-century techniques for making tools, native and colonial clothing, and furniture at the Craft Center. Nye Barn gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the plantation’s rare heritage breeds of sheep, cows and goats. Mayflower II is unavailable as it is away for preservation until May 2019Head to the waterfront to see Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II, a detailed reproduction of the ship that the English colonists sailed to Plymouth. Walk about the ship and meet historical characters who describe living conditions on the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. See the passengers’ cramped quarters, peer into the hold where the goods were stored, and compare the spacious Master’s cabin to the confined sailors’ accommodations. Plimoth Grist MillA short walk from the Mayflower II takes you to the Plimoth Grist Mill, where you’ll see the grist (corn grinding) mill for the Plymouth Colony. For more than a decade, the Pilgrims ground their corn by hand, until the colony constructed this water-powered mill on Town Brook. The mill is a reproduction of the colonist’s mill; many parts were salvaged from an early 1800s mill near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The mill still operates twice a week and visitors are welcome to watch the process.

$45 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Jeremy Point Jaunt from Wellfleet Marina

Choose the best time to explore Jeremy Point. Then, meet your professional and friendly captain at the Wellfleet Marina Public Deck, located at 255 Commercial Street. Put some sunscreen on and then board the ship to begin your 3-hour sailing experience. As you sail through the water, enjoy the quiet beauty of the wind filling the sails and pushing the boat through the waves. Soak in the sun, breathe in the salty air, and listen to the sound of the water. When you reach Jeremy Point, walk along the four miles of beach. Have a picnic and search for shells. At low tide, explore the tidal pools filled with sea life. At high tide, look for seals lounging on the beach. Afterwards, sail back to Wellfleet Marina to complete your 3-hour sailing experience.

$7 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine and Wine Jelly-Sauce Tasting on Plymouth Bay

Plymouth Bay Winery helps wine and food lovers “Experience Delicious”! We create products and generate ideas to bring out the “Chef” in you! Located in America’s Hometown, Plymouth, MA, we craft wines (and wine related products) from fruits native to the Northeast USA. Our tastings will take you on a pilgrimage to a New World of flavor! Our collection of wines, produced from locally grown, native grapes and berries, are anything but stuffy. Our wines (and jellies and sauces) are fun, versatile companions to a wide range of dishes at every meal.Daily tastings include a presentation and sampling of our entire collection of wines. Take home an etched, commemorative glass as a memory of your experience.

$40 Tours & Sightseeing

Martha's Vineyard Small Group Island Tour from Oak Bluffs

This 3 hour tour (2.5 hour narrated tour and 15-minute stops each in Menemsha and  Cliffs of Aquinnah) will introduce you to our 100 Square mile island by giving you the history both past and present of our six unique towns. You will learn about and see:Oak Bluffs: A Victorian seaside resort that was built around the Methodist campgrounds. The campground is now known for it’s beautiful open-air tabernacle and the 300 plus Victorian gingerbread cottages from the mid 1800’s, that replaced the tents once used for summer revival meetings. The Flying Horse Carousel one of the oldest platforms carousels still in use resides here.Edgartown has a picture book setting with its harbor and waterfront, along with its stately white Greek Revival houses built by whaling captains and carefully maintained. The Old Whaling Church with its six massive columns, the Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse, and the historic Harborview Hotel make Edgartown a museum piece community.The busy harbor town of Vineyard Haven – entry port to Martha’s Vineyard since the mid 1600’s and our year-round port.We will take a drive through the scenic up-Island country-side passing through the historic farming towns of West Tisbury and Chilmark, making a 15 min stop in Menemsha an Idyllic fishing village where you can sample some “clam chowdah or lobstah bisque”.You’ll see the breathtaking multi colored clay cliffs of Aquinnah (Gay Head), with its impressive light house where you will have an opportunity to get out take pictures and stretch your legs.Because the island is so diverse, on your drive you’ll catch glimpses of centuries old stone walls, views to the Atlantic shoreline, grazing livestock, rolling hills and historic homesteads. and will go over the bridge used in the filming of the movie Jaws.Our tour guides are all long time island characters who love sharing their love of the island with you, so sit back and enjoy all our island has to offer when you, come and tour with us.

$90 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Two Hour Martha's Vineyard Sunset Cruise

Arrive at Memorial Wharf, 53 Dock St, Edgartown (Harbor) 10 minutes before the scheduled departure.  The deckhand will welcome you aboard and help stow your carry-ons The Captain will tell you about the safety features including the Man Overboard procedure and other useless information The vessel will leave the dock. The first half of the cruise is very slow cruising through the calm harbor. This is a great time to break out the food and drink. The expert crew will provide fun facts, gossip, and tall tales while we pass by exclusive private clubs, private residences of the rich and famous, an alien landing strip and other amazing sights. Secure the food before we leave the harbor, pass the Edgartown lighthouse, and enter Nantucket Sound to see the sunset over Martha's Vineyard.  You will always remember the evening you spent aboard the Maine-built lobster yacht, Plan Sea

$22.99 Tours & Sightseeing

Plymouth Puzzling Adventure

Choose your own start time and embark on your adventure. With your smartphone as your guide, go on a brain-teasing and educational walking tour of your chosen neighborhood. Visit a series of locations and answer the questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. There is no need to race as quickly as possible from start to finish. Part of the fun is enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of the tour. Before heading to your next location, you’ll have time to eat, drink, enjoy the sights, and use the bathroom while the game clock is not running. You’re only timed on your travel and puzzles. At the end of your adventure, see your rank based on a combination of your answers to the questions and game clock time.