The 'Walkway to the Sea' and Public Art around Hyannis:

In the heart of the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District you can follow the Walkway to the Sea from Main Street Hyannis, through the Village Green to Hyannis Harbor.  In the District there are various public art pieces in the downtown and waterfront areas of Hyannis.

A few hundred yards off Main Street is the grandeur of the ocean, the source of so much of Cape Cod's past and present prosperity. The Walkway to the Sea links our historic waterfront to the downtown Hyannis area.
The wave-patterned brick path winds from Main Street at the Village Green all the way down to Bismore Park, Ocean Street and Hyannis Harbor.

At Aselton Park (corner of South and Ocean Street) are colorful art installations of lobster buoys. (April-November).  Aselton Park hosts free musical and theatrical performances during the summer months.  
Enjoy the view, soft grass and space to sit and reflect for awhile. Past Aselton, the walkway ends at Bismore Park, where you see the working water front and May-September, the famous, Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties. Juried artists and artisans rent these 'seaside studios' as both work space and selling arenas.

Walkway to the Sea History:

Envisioned by renowned Architect Ben Thompson, the Walkway to the Sea was first rendered in 1962. Thompson, who received the Gold medal of the American Institute of Architects, the industry’s highest honor, was the first to recognize the significance of linking downtown Hyannis to its historic waterfront.

With a long history as the region’s center for commerce, Thompson and many before him recognized Hyannis as the "capital" of the Cape. 
Frequently revived over the years by community members, businessmen and town leaders, the Walkway to the Sea began its latest incarnation in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Private and public dollars, countless public hearings, and multitudes of consortia worked together to identify dollars to purchase blighted properties on the corner of South and Ocean Streets, to design and construct what is now known as Aselton Park, the historic Town Green and the long-awaited Walkway to the Sea. State funds were identified and then nearly lost to assist in the effort.

John Klimm, former Town Manager and at the time, State Representative, fought to restore state funds necessary to enhance and preserve the Cape’s natural beauty. In 1994 Cape Cod Bank and Trust Company pledged $30,000 to partner with the Town of Barnstable to raze blighted buildings in what is now a beautiful park overlooking Hyannis Harbor. In the late 1990's, state funds through the Executive Office of Housing and Urban Development were identified as the final pieces of the puzzle in the development of the Walkway to the Sea Project.

Countless groups, individuals and organizations participated in the development of this project over the many years following Ben Thompson’s original vision and include (but is not limited to): the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, the Hyannis BID, the Hyannis Civic Association, the HADEDC Board, the Hyannis Vision Group, the Hyannis Main Street Waterfront Historic Commission, Barnstable Town Council, and individuals Dexter Leen and Shirlee Shaughnessy.

Buoyed Coasts: Public Art Installation, Aselton Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis.  

Visitors to Hyannis Harbor can enjoy the Town's seasonal public art installation, Buoyed Coasts, which consists of 50 lobster buoys mounted on 12’-19’ poles in ornamental grass beds. The buoys frame the harbor and create a display of color, light and kinetic motion drawing activity and attention to Aselton Park. They once served as an advocacy piece, creating awareness around the critical state of coastal waters quality in the area. In 2006, the project focused on the nitrogen run-off problem threatening the Cape’s marine ecology. The color of the buoys represented the levels of water quality in the Northeast in 2006.


725 Main Street, Hyannis: Walking Garden and Hummingbird sculpture:The property located at 725 Main Street, Hyannis, a former gas station, was acquired with funds from the Land Bank in 2001. The grounds were transformed into a beautiful, picturesque walking garden. The various perennials planted on site were chosen because they have a positive environmental impact: they thrive off pollutants in the ground. Brownfield sites and others in the area will benefit from the “725” garden as it acts as a nursery. These plants can easily be transplanted to other locations throughout the town and assist in pollution control. Visitors are encouraged to walk the garden and enjoy the beauty.  The Growth Management Department, welcomed sculptor Donald Gerola to 725 Main Street, Hyannis for the unveiling of a special art installation on loan to the Town of Barnstable in October 2008. While Mr. Gerola seldom names his pieces, this piece is titled “The Hummingbird”. Cape Cod is familiar with rare hummingbird sightings as was discovered in Dennis this summer. Hyannis now has its own rare “Hummingbird”. Donald Gerola is a sculptor who moved from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island in 2006 when an invitation came to set up a collaborative in Pawtucket’s former textile mills. Mr. Gerola grew up fascinated with applied science, and studied Physics at The University of Dayton, Ohio. He mentored under his stepfather, William Borland, Chief of Materials for the stricken World Trade Centers, from whom he got his penchant for steel. All his sculptures are made from it.

Chief Iyannough, Main Street, Hyannis-top of Hyannis Village Green:  Chief Iyannough, a Native American leader of the Mattachiest tribe

JFK statue, Old Town Hall building, Main St Hyannis

Brass bust of Enoch Cobb, Barnstable High School (main lobby near front door)

Native American statue, Barnstable High School (main lobby near front door)

Young man holding the world, Zion Union Heritage Museum, North Street, Hyannis

Seagulls, (made from all recycled materials), Wings Store, Main Street Hyannis 

Vernan Coleman murals:

School department, School Administration building, Hyannis, on landing between first and second floors

Restored murals in the Pope John Paul High School library and cafeteria.

Mural in the Tax Collectors office, Main Town Hall.

Mural in Centerville Public Library, not restored.

Ship mural, front hall, Main Town building

Barnstable Town Hall:  Brass relief in Town Hall, second floor hearing room

Cobb Memorial garden at Barnstable High School. There is a water feature with a rolling stone. The surrounding walls have been painted with murals.


Mercy Otis Warren and James Otis, bronze sculptures, Barnstable County Courthouse.
A native of West Barnstable,  Mercy Otis Warren was a pioneer in women's rights through her writings.She is credited with advocating in 1788 for a Bill of Rights as part of the US Constitution.  She wrote plays, poetry and pamphlets about the cause of opposition to the British rule of the American colonies.  James Otis was a recognized Revolutionary War patriot.



Tides is an inspirational sculpture by potter Steven Kemp, cast from the sand patterns of Cape Cod's coastal waters. Read more from the artist (.pdf) located on the HyArts Campus on the corner of Pearl and South Street.  Pearl Street plays an important role as part of the Town-owned properties on the arts campus at the corner of South and Pearl, a unique artist live / work space developed by the Town of Barnstable which also includes the Guyer Barn and Sarah Holl ArtSpace.

What is it?  A 9 foot clay monolith cast from the sand patterns created by Cape Cod’s coastal waters. 

How  did this public art happen?  Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce received MCC funding for public art placemaking projects along with additional funding from the Mid Cape Cultural council and private donors. The Town identified the site.  Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce issued a call to artists.  Nine artists submitted proposals.  Two juries of outside experts and town liaisons selected Steven Kemp’s Tides monolith.  The Coastal Engineering donated engineered installation instructions; installation and site work donated by Maffei Landscaping.  The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce gifted this pubic art to the Town of Barnstable.  Tides was installed in June of 2015.

Why in Hyannis?  The Hyannis HyArts Cultural District celebrates the area’s rich heritage of art, history, and culture.  The Pearl Street Arts Campus in the this state designated Cultural District is the ideal location for this place inspired art. Located steps away from Hyannis Harbor this lovely sculpture expresses what inspires our Cape Cod artists.  The scale and artistry of the Tides sculpture gives our visitors an opportunity to become inspired themselves.   


A Guide to the Hyannis Arts Cultural District

Have a fun and art-full day in downtown Hyannis!


Arts Barnstable_all things arts and culture all seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail

Arts Barnstable_all things arts and culture all seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail

Aselton Park_Free Summer Concerts around town

Aselton Park_Free Summer Concerts around town

The Town of Barnstable is alive with the sound of music this summer. Enjoy FREE concerts and other entertainment around the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District and Barnstable Village Cultural District, all family friendly. Bring your blankets, chairs and dancing shoes and celebrate the season with song-no rain dates. Performances are subject to change without notice.


Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center

BHS Drama Club 
Stellar performances by students and community cast members. 
744 West Main Street 
Hyannis, MA 02601 


Barnstable Historical Society Museum

Located in the heart of historic Barnstable Village, 3087 Main Street, Barnstable

The Museum displays early portraits of local sea captains, maritime memorabilia and several rooms with early memroabilia and collections.

Admission is free.

Off season hours call to schedule an appointment to visit the museum or email :  508-362-2982  or


Barnstable Municipal Airport

Barnstable Municipal Airport

See two light beacons on display from the airports old FAA tower and take a look at a small historical display in the conference room with artifacts from the Boardman-Polando family.  
​A life size mannequin sports a flight suit from Crocker Snow and look at a copy of the 1929  book about "the flying santa".  It is the story of the pilot that delivers Christmas gifts to children living in lighthouses.  


Barnstable Village Civic Association

Each of our village associations support our year round and part time residents, playing a vital role in enhancing the best interests of the community;  fostering and promoting local businesses represent the interests of citizens on matters that affect neighborhoods, citizens and quality of life in the villages.


Barnstable Village Farmers Market

Every Saturday, July-September, 9am-noon at the Grounds of Superior Courthouse Route 6A 

Barnstable Village Farmers Market on Facebook


Barnstable Village Historical Map and self guided walking tour

Barnstable Village Historical Map and self guided walking tour

A self guided walking tour in historic Barnstable Village.

Trace history as you stroll through the self-guided tour, and experience the rich historical heritage of this area on the Old King’s Highway.  Walk from the Barnstable House, just beyond Rendezvous Lane to the Unitarian Church and cemeteries, start at any point on the map and follow in either direction. It traces the evolution of the area, hopefully creating a picture of what life was like here in its early history. 

Free maps are available at Cape Cod Art Association, area Barnstable Village businesses and online.  


Business Improvement District (BID)


Cape Cod Art Association and Photography Center of Cape Cod

Cape Cod Art Association and Photography Center of Cape Cod

An organization dedication to promoting the creation and appreciation of visual art and artists.   The CCAA includes a gift shop, two galleries for monthly exhibitions and two studios for classes, demonstrations and workshops in a variety of art media.  

3480 Main St., Barnstable


Cape Cod Baseball League Games

A summertime staple! CCBL is a premier amateur wooden bat collegiate baseball league where you may see many future MLB players. Action packed, home-town fun at its best, town of Barnstable boasts two teams, Hyannis Hawks play at McKeon Field, Hyannis and Cotuit Kettleers, Lowell Park , Cotuit.


Cape Cod Baseball League Museum

If you are into memorabilia the "dugout" at the Cape Cod Baseball League Museum is for you-celebrating the history of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Located in the basement of the JFK Museum, Main Street, Hyannis


Cape Cod Community College - Higgins Art Gallery at Tilden Art Center

Using innovative teaching approaches the college offers a range of experiences for learned skills and employability. Explore a broad range of media, enjoy performances in the Tilden Arts Center with emerging actors, actresses, playwrights, and more!


Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Preserving the rich maritime traditions and history for which Cape Cod and the Islands are famous through our exhibitions, the objects in our collection, public events and educational programs, we strive to enable audiences of all ages to understand and enjoy Cape Cod's maritime culture.

Current exhibits include:

  • Cape Cod’s Largest Scrimshaw Exhibit
  • Catboats to Clipper Ships: Boatbuilding on Cape Cod
  • Marine Fine Art Exhibit

Cape Cod Melody Tent

With the Cape's rich history in summer musical theater and Broadway connections dating from the early 1930s, the Cape Cod Melody Tent, once called the Hyannis Music Circus, is now the seasonal stage to major national stars of music and comedy, as well as musical and theatrical special events.


Cape Cod Organic Farm

Cape Cod Organic Farm

Cape Cod Organic Farm is a Certified Organic Farm located along historic Route 6A in Barnstable Village.

The farm specializes in growing organic fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, and native grasses used in land restoration and breed and raise Heritage Breed Pigs for pork. 


Cape Cod Pathways

Explore a Capewide network of walking trails. Endless opportunities to explore kayaking, fishing, nature walks etc. View a map of Cape Cod Walking Trails on Google Maps.


Cape Symphony Orchestra

Cape Cod’s very own orchestra, Cape Symphony, performs at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis.
From popular hits to magnificent classics, highlighting hidden gems and putting a new twist on standards, the emphasis is always on fun, surprises, and beautiful music.
The Cape Symphony provides an experience like no other. Once you’ve been, you’ll want to go again! 


Centerville Walking Tour


Coast Guard Heritage Museum

Features items and information covering the history of the Life Saving Service as it existed on Cape Cod. Greeting visitors onsite is also the "Village Smithy", part of the Old Jail House, America's oldest wooden jail and museum.


Cotuit Walking Map


Eagle Pond

Eagle Pond

A perfect spot for reflection and inspiration, Eagle Pond in Cotuit offers extensive walking trails through the woods (dog friendly).  
The 151-acre Eagle Pond is the centerpiece of the Mary Barton Conservation Area and managed by the Mary Barton Land Trust with help from a dedicated team of volunteers.T


Elizabeth LOWELL Park

Elizabeth LOWELL Park

Home field of the Cotuit Kettleers, Cape Cod Baseball League.


Greater Hyannis Civic Association

Each of our village associations support our year round and part time residents, playing a vital role in enhancing the best interests of the community;  fostering and promoting local businesses represent the interests of citizens on matters that affect neighborhoods, citizens and quality of life in the villages.


Guyer Barn

Guyer Barn

The barn is open various hours, year round. You will always find the doors open when artists are busy working, or for classes and workshops. 250 South Street, Hyannis.

250 South Street Hyannis, MA  02601
This restored 1865 barn showcases artists in a variety of genres.  It serves as a community art space with year round exhibits, art classes/workshops and demonstrations.  The Barn is an important part on the campus of town owned buildings-the HyArts Campus which includes artist housing and work studios/gallery on the corner of Pearl and South Streets.  Artist studios/gallery are open to the public year round. 



New Classics Theater Company

The theater company presents a summer of original theater and weekly Improv Comedy Shows.
Get ready for four main stage productions, 24 hour play festival, staged readings, teen improve workshops and improve nights every Friday.  Find the full schedule at


Gallery Artrio specializes in original fine art by award-winning and nationally recognized artists, as well as emerging artists of note.  Media includes oil, pastel, encaustics, hand-blown glass from local artists, and beautiful hand wrought jewelry.  The gallery hosts openings throughout the summer including plein air painting as part of Cape Cod Hydrangea festival and artist receptions.  The annual Gallery Soiree is held in September each year. Find listing of events and artists on line at


Guyer Barn proposal and use of space form


Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce

The Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce serves to foster, enhance and promote a healthy business climate in the greater Hyannis area and the Town of Barnstable.


Hyannis historic walking map


Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties

Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties

Visitors to the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties can spend an afternoon at the harbor. Stroll the boardwalk and visit artists, even have a picnic in the park! There is no fee to browse but if you enjoy fine handmade local arts and crafts or giving them as gifts, it's a terrific place to shop. There are plenty of waterfront restaurants at the harbor and many more right along Main Street.

For more information on participating artists this season, click here.

If you are an artist interested in participating in the program for the following year, click here.

The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty Season opens Friday, May 5, 2017!

Weekends (including Memorial Day), Friday-Sunday:  Friday, May 5 through June 11, 2017

Seven days a week, 11:00 am to at least 8:00 pm:     Monday, June 12 through Sunday, September 3, 2017
Seven days a week, 11:00 am to at least 6:00pm:      Monday, September 4 (Labor Day) through Monday, October 9 (Columbus Day), 2017


Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty Application

Participate in the 2016 artist shanty season at Hyannis Harbor.


Hyannis HyArts Arts Campus

The Hyannis HyArts Arts Campus located at the corner of Pearl and South Streets features artist live and work space, studios and a community art space.  The campus features the historic Guyer Barn, artist-in-residence Sarah Holl ArtSpace, Gallery Artio and Bass River Pottery.

Pearl Street is located between bustling Main Street and the harbor front.


Hyannis Public Library

Home to the Verizon Language and Literacy Center


Hyannis Youth and Community Center

Hyannis Youth and Community Center

A major center of activity, the HYCC is a full service, year round community center that features state-of-the-art accessible facilities for a variety of recreational programs and special events, competitive sports organizations, after-school activities and opportunities for the community at large to foster educational excellence and physical growth across all generations. The center includes twin NHL size rinks, a 12,500 sq ft wood floor gymnasium, skate park and walking track. Residents and visitors can attend theater on ice events, antique and home shows, nature expo, dance and yoga classes; the programs and activies are non-stop!


John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, 397 Main Street, Hyannis.  
The Foundation preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connection to Cape Cod.  The museum features photographic, video and oral history exhibits.  

Admission includes entry to Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame.  508-790-3077.


John F. Kennedy Memorial, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Hyannis

A spot for quiet contemplation and remembrance. A place to sit, reflect, take in the beauty of the ocean.


Kennedy Legacy Trail

Kennedy Legacy Trail

The Kennedy Legacy Trail is a self-guided walking tour of sites in downtown Hyannis, Cape Cod that are significant to the Kennedy family. At each of the 10 sites, an informational sign, and links to video and audio information, uncovers stories & history about the Kennedys on Cape Cod.  The entire walking trail is 1.6 miles long and may be visited in any order.  Brochures with a map the sites can be downloaded from the website.  They are also available at the JFK Museum on Main Street.


Korean War Memorial, Hyannis

Korean War Memorial, Hyannis

A tranquil place to reflect on all those who serviced and/or lost their lives during the Korean War.

Veteran's Memorial Park, Ocean St., Hyannis


Lothrop Hill Cemetery

Reverend John Lothrop founded Barnstable in 1639.   His tomb stil lstis in Barnstable's Lothrop Hill Cemetery alongside his extensive family. 


Maritime Hyannis Walking Tour

An historical walk along Pleasant Street starting from the Hyannis Transportation Center ...follow to the harbor front and ferries.  
Pleasant Street was often referred to as Sea Captains Row.  This map shares some of the history along the street.


Marstons Mills Walking Map


New Classics Company

New Classics Company

The New Classics Company is a live theatre production company established in the summer of 2013 by Brett Burkhardt, Matt Kohler, and Justin Jay Gray as a way to produce The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Since that time they have become a staple in the Hyannis Community, bringing to light full-length plays, movie screenings, improv comedy shows and workshops, stage readings, and many other free events.

The New Classics Company takes up residence in the Guyer Barn each Spring , Summer and Fall for special programming.  In fact, each Friday night, head to the Guyer Barn for Improv night.  Check out their website for schedule.

New Classics present FREE Improv Comedy Shows 

WHERE: The Guyer Barn, 250 South Street Hyannis, MA 02601.

WHO: The improv troupe changes on a weekly basis. If you are interested in being a part of the group, drop us a line at

WHY: Who DOESN’T want to laugh their butts off at a hilarious show!? And did we mention it’s FREE!?


Osterville Farmers Market

Buy Fresh, Buy Local! Area farmers markets feature fresh locally grown fruits, veggies, meets, jellies, spices, baked goods, soaps, flowers and so many more home-crafted treats!

Every Friday, June -September, 9am-1pm 
Located on the campus of the Osterville Historical Museum, plenty of free parking. 
Osterville Farmers Market on Facebook


Osterville Historical Museum

Osterville Historical Museum

Home of the Crosby Boats the Osterville Historical Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the village of Osterville. Located near the charming seaside, the Museum complex sits on lovely grounds which are highlighted by an 18th century herbal garden and a 19th century ornamental garden. The Museum's permanent collection includes period decorative arts, furniture, ceramics, and a dozen full-sized wooden boats. The two-acre campus sits on a quiet street--a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch and in the summer farmer's market every Friday morning.


Osterville Walking Tour


Pops by the Sea Concert featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra

Pops by the Sea Concert featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra

Outdoor Concert by the Boston Pops Orchestra

Hyannis Village Green Bandstand Hyannis Main St./Town Hall

Sunday, August 14, 2016 5-7PM

presented by Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Citizens Bank


Sandy Neck Beach Artist Excursion Application

Art Visits Nature at Sandy Neck Beach, excursions out to the house at the halfway point!

2017 dates include:

day trips 9:00am-3:00pm:
May 5, September 8, September 22, October 13, October 20

Sunset trips 2:0pm with return after sunset:

May 19 (2:30-8:30pm), September 10 (1:30-7:30pm), September 24 (2:00-7:00pm), October 15 (12:30-6:30pm), October 22 (12:30-6:30pm) 


Sandy Neck Beach trails

SNB is a six-mile long coastal barrier beach featuring hiking trails along the shoreline and salt marsh, offering spectacular views and memories. Immerse yourself in a living museum and catch sign of toads, turtles and other wildlife. Available activities include hiking, surfing, kayaking, fishing, and camping, as well as the Sandy Neck Beach Halfway House



Town of Barnstable Shellfishing Resources and Regulations


Shellfishing Mentoring Program

The BARS Shellfish Mentoring Program began in 2004 by assisting Barnstable Natural Resources with their Clamming for Kids classes. Group classes were scheduled and opened to the general public. Lessons were given on how to shellfish for quahogs, steamer clams, razor clams, mussels, and oysters.


Tales of Cape Cod

One of the first organizations in the country to preserve oral history, via the tape recording of interviews with old time Cape Codders. Tales of Cape Cod preserves and disseminates Cape Cod's unique history in many ways including special events held throughout the year, historical lectures, and re-enactments.


W.F. Jones House, Museum and Research Facility, Home of the Barnstable Historical Society

Repository for all things Barnstable history.


Walkway to the Sea

Stroll along the Walkway -to-the-Sea which takes visitors from Hyannis Harbor to the Village Green and Hyannis Main Street to enjoy the shops, restaurants and even old time carousel!


Upcoming events in Public Art

Be sure to check out the arts and cultural happenings in all seven villages.