Barnstable is a city in Cape Cod. It is the largest community on the Cape, based both on area and population. The center of Barnstable is Hyannis. Hyannis is the downtown hub in Barnstable and has a variety of local shops, boutiques, delicious restaurants and dives, galleries, and nighttime entertainment. There are many other villages in Barnstable including Centerville, West Barnstable, the village of Barnstable, Marstons Mills, Osterville, Cotuit, and Centerville. Conveniently located in Mid Cape, Barnstable is also Cape Cod's transportation center, with easy access to buses, trains, and the airport.
The town of Barnstable is the second oldest town on the Cape. Its rich history shines through classic architecture and the many historical societies and museums in town. Many offer special events, guided walking tours, and lectures. The Barnstable village of Hyannisport is the famous home of the Kennedy's summer retreat.
Like many Cape Cod towns, Barnstable has preserved natural land. Many of these conservation areas protect rare species native to the Cape and showcase saltwater and freshwater marshes typical of the area. Barnstable has a variety of walking and hiking trails, as well as bike paths, that allow residents and vacationers a chance to experience this beautiful landscape. The beach is what Cape Cod is known for, and Barnstable is no exception. There are a variety of public and private sandy beaches in Barnstable, many of which are just steps from the sandy shores. Barnstable beaches include Sandy Neck Beach, Kalmus Park Beach, Craigville Beach, Millway Beach, and many others.
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