Things to Do in Barnstable

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Things to Do in Barnstable

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  • Rich J
    Naperville, IL2 contributions
    I have difficulty walking long distances so my family insisted that I use my wheelchair. The paths were just fine, definitely ADA acceptable, and I was able to see everything they did. The facilities are clean and have interesting exhibits. There are a few wood scenic overlook structures with a few stairs with handrails but you really can see most everything without climbing anything. My young grandchildren - ages 8, 5, and 3 - were fascinated with the crabs and birds in the wetlands near the ocean. I took many photos and I recommend that you bring binoculars and a telephoto lens for your camera. However, my small digital Canon camera has an excellent telephoto built in. My iPhone camera was good less than half of the time. Several visitors had spotting scopes and cameras on tripods. My son flew a drone over the area and got great videos. You could eat a picnic lunch near the nature center but I do not recommend that you do that on the trails which are kept very clean of debris. Don't rush but plan on spending some time to enjoy this pleasant place to visit.
    Written August 6, 2022
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  • Andrew B
    Somerville, MA1,028 contributions
    This a great small museum. It has an eclectic mix of art that is well displayed. Children would not get bored here. The staff is professional, knowledgeable and friendly.
    Written March 20, 2022
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  • Andrew R
    1 contribution
    Mike gave us a tour and was an excellent storyteller. Not only did we learn about some of the most famous rescues in US Coast Guard history but, more importantly, we learned the story about the men and women behind each rescue. Who these amazing people were and where they came from. About how the USCG changed their lives and how their legacy impacted recuerers after them.
    Written July 29, 2022
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  • Keri C
    52 contributions
    We stopped in for the historical value of the library and were not disappointed. They allowed us into a more restricted part of the library where we could check out our ancestor's home and had access to so many historical documents and histories. I could have easily spent days soaking it all in!
    Written June 13, 2022
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  • ArkayEs
    Osterville, MA38 contributions
    Great stop for those interested in colonial history of Cape Cod. Great for preteens, too. Be sure to look up operating hours and check out the story of the schoolboy who dipped his schoolmate's pigtails into an inkwell. The Barnstable Ghost tour starts here, too.
    Written July 23, 2018
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  • Lynda O
    48 contributions
    We loved the beautiful daffodils blooming last week in the lovely church gardens. Loved the resale shop!
    Written April 17, 2021
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  • MaryannF650
    Clarksville, TN1,387 contributions
    A beautiful and serene visit with a group of seniors. Magnificent bronze statue situated by the John F. Kennedy Memorial. It was designed by Robert Shure and dedicated on June 25,2000. According to available literature, the statue focuses on the contributions made by Cape and Island veterans in the Korean War and is a fitting permanent tribute to their sacrifice.

    The 8-foot tall bronze cast statue is mounted on a 3-foot tall granite pedestal and surrounded by five flagpoles flying the flags of the United States, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Republic of Korea, the United Nations and the POW/MIA.

    There’s a lovely walking path with meditation benches. The names of all the Cape and Island Korean War dead are identified as part of the Memorial.

    Don’t miss this place located at Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Beach.
    Written July 14, 2022
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  • jonandruth
    Cape Cod1 contribution
    My wife and I had an opportunity to visit the Barnstable Historical Society’s beautiful 1832 house in Barnstable Village. We found the displays mesmerizing, to say the least. If you are at all interested in local maritime and village history, this stop is a must! From antiques and artwork, to ship models and early indian artifacts, this attraction has it all. The surrounding grounds have old stone walls, beautiful, mature trees and plantings, as well as a calm ambience so rare today. A true step into yesterday. We wanted to stay longer, but were eager to go up Route 6A to see the oldest wooden jail in America, also under the auspices of the historical society. This jail is said to have held two survivors from the wreck of the pirate ship Wydah, captained by Samuel “Black” Bellamy. We were not disappointed. If you get a chance, I urge you to take advantage of these wonderful windows into the past.

    Cecil J. Pennypacker
    Chadds Ford, PA
    Written December 15, 2018
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  • Rick L
    2 contributions
    This was one of the most historical events of the American Revolution. You should visit it to see what really happened in this time.
    Written September 28, 2018
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  • Dr-Ing-Dchen
    Rapid City, SD830 contributions
    Drove by end of October and I was the only car in the parking lot. I was just out for a walk on the beach and found this to be a very nice public beach.
    Written November 23, 2018
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  • April A
    Binghamton, NY28 contributions
    Very knowledgeable staff.
    Clean boat and bathrooms on the boat.
    Nice snack bar area .
    Friendly staff.
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • Natasha S
    2 contributions
    One of the most fun sunset cruise we have been on. They are super friendly and told us a lot of info of the area and the cape in general. We had a really great time. Bringing your own coolers was clutch. Thank you guys!!!
    Written September 7, 2020
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  • Jerry Webber
    Providence, RI5 contributions
    Great experience. We caught lots of stripers. The mates were very helpful.

    a great day on the water.

    Very comfortable boat.
    Written July 9, 2022
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  • Kim L
    Auburn, MA1 contribution
    The tour was very historically interesting. Derek led the first half of the tour and really knew his stuff. He shared some. Experiences he had with the places on the tour. There were only 4 of us on the tour, my husband and I and a friend of mine and her husband. It was nice having a private tour. Derek was engaging and heightened our interest in the ghost hunt. The second half of the tour was led by Derek's assistant. She was an older lady, I don't remember her name. I remember she had a skull on the dashboard of her car. We enjoyed the cemetery and EVP sessions. Unfortunately we didn't get any EVP's but learned a lot of history. The Last stop on the tour was the jail. It was interesting until she started to repeat her self numerous times. This dragged things out quite a bit. It was stuffy and hot inside the jail which was making me light-headed and queasy. The blackout time in the jail was cool. We just wish that Derek was able to complete the tour. It was well worth the money and we did learn alot.
    Written June 1, 2019
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  • Wilson G
    4 contributions
    Found Captain Chris and Ali-J through a Google search. We're so happy we did. Ali-J will be part of our yearly visit to Cape Cod for now on.

    Capt. Chris has made sure his boat has the best safety gear, such as a lifeboat that automatically inflates, electronic location devices, and powerful beacons that ensures assistance can quickly reach him in the unlikely chance of an event.

    Spending his life on these waters have given him the knowledge to know where the various fish are. The investment he's made in technology gives him greater ability to place his customers over those fish.

    As novices, we asked a lot of questions. Capt. Chris shared information on fishing for various types of fish, local history, fishing regulations, the community, local attractions, and eateries, He made us feel very comfortable, and valued as customers.

    It's a competitive market. His price is a bit under the average. It seems to us that he isn't trying to make a living doing this, but actually does it for the love of it and to share his passion with those looking to experience the sport and the beautiful Cape Cod area.

    Thanks Captain !!!
    Written August 23, 2022
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