, 2023-01-02 13:16:59,
Barnstable, Massachusetts, is the largest city on Cape Cod and includes several smaller villages.
One of those is the well-known village of Hyannis, which is also the central business district.
Most of the hotels in this city are near Hyannis, and the entire stretch of Massachusetts Route 28 through Cape Cod is filled with traditional hotel options, while more inns and rentals are located closer to the shoreline or in the historic districts.
While Hyannis is the “favorite child” of the villages globally, mainly due to the popularity brought by the Kennedy family, there are five other villages with sightseeing opportunities:
- Barnstable Village
- West Barnstable
- Marston Mills
Again, all of those villages are part of the town of Barnstable.
They will all be less crowded than Hyannis or Hyannisport, especially during the busy summer travel season.
Consider the Cape Codder Resort and Spa for family travel, especially during off-season travel.
The indoor water park offers a great energy burn for the kids, and parents can relax at the spa without facing the winter elements.
Barnstable is flanked by Cape Cod Bay on the northern edge and the Nantucket Sound on the southern edge.
The Barnstable northern land is an outdoor coastal wonderland with marshes, beaches, and preserved nature and wildlife spaces.
Whale-watching cruises are one of the most popular activities across Cape Cod, and boats depart from Barnstable as well.
You can’t have a Cape Cod coastal town without a lighthouse, and the Sandy Neck lighthouse still stands after decades of torture from New England’s weather.
NOTE: We do have a separate article, “How Safe Is Hyannis for Travel?” on this website, so in this article, we’ll dive deeper into Barnstable-wide attractions and safety advice.
Warnings & Dangers in Barnstable
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Barnstable as a whole offers a low risk, but there are some parts in different villages that have elevated risks or specific safety advice. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to find safe places to visit while using standard safety precautions to lower your risk even further.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority offers several year-round and seasonal options to explore the city and the whole peninsula. Taxis and rideshares are widely available. Having your own rental car is ideal, and even some of the ferries to the islands will transport your vehicle too.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
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