Hyannis & Yarmouth, MA, Guide and Information
To many, Hyannis, Massachusetts is very much the epicenter of Cape Cod. Situated on the “tricep part” of this peninsula that resembles a flexed arm, Hyannis is indeed a great locale for a variety of reasons.
Hyannis harbor, which is well illustrated on your Hyannis Discovery Map, serves as the perfect port for ferries that connect Hyannis to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, the two beloved islands off the coast that people love to visit either for a day trip or an extended stay. All kinds of other boats and sailing vessels offer a variety of excursions in Hyannis Harbor and beyond depart from here as well, affording folks the opportunity to go deep sea fishing, whale watching, lighthouse touring or simply to take a nice sunset cruise around the harbor. Companies such as Hy-Line Cruises, The Steamship Authority and Bay Spirit Tours rank among the best known on the Cape. The large natural harbor of Hyannis has helped to establish this Mid-Cape destination as one of the most important recreational boating destinations and commercial fishing ports on the Cape.
Yarmouth is made up of three villages: West Yarmouth, South Yarmouth and Yarmouth. Considered to be one of the oldest towns on Cape Cod, Yarmouth was incorporated in 1639 as part of the Plymouth Colony.
Steeped in history, Yarmouth was characterized by an active group of the Sons of Liberty during the American Revolution. Its militia rallied to provide assistance to the minutemen at the Battles of Lexington and Concord and by June of 1776, Yarmouth’s citizens declared their independence from Great Britain.