CapeFLYER on the move — Photo courtesy of Vince DeWittHop aboard the CapeFLYER and let your worries melt away as you leave the bright lights (and traffic) of Boston behind to spend a day on the Cape. Taking you from Boston's bustling South Station to the Hyannis Transportation Center where you can find many ways to get around - rent bikes, take the bus or utilize the Hyannis free trolley - you'll be stress-free and ready to enjoy your day on the Cape.
Chalkboard at Pain D'Avignon — Photo courtesy of Debrah McPhersonUpon your arrival, pop into Pain D’Avignon, just a short walk away, to stock up on provisions for your day. You can indulge in a delightful sit down breakfast on the patio or simply stop in for goodies to go, then make your way to the first stretch of sand you can find. Rent a bike and enjoy the short, one-mile ride to the nearest beach or get a bit more exercise by biking about 6 miles to well-frequented Craigville Beach. Considered one of the most popular Cape beaches, many Bostonians make a day trip to Craigville to enjoy its calm, but not still waters. Kids love to run along the sand, and splashing away in the extensive shallow section found here. Bayside Cape Cod — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
Those who prefer a sand-free day can utilize the CCRTA free trolley that starts its service at the Hyannis Transportation Center. Operating seasonally from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, you can spend the day hopping on and off and save your cash for spending in the stores, restaurants and bars you'll find along the route. The trolley will take you to many hots spots in the Hyannis area, but the Main Street stop brings you into the heart of downtown Hyannis.
Main Street — Photo courtesy of Thomas KelleyThis vibrant town center offers an interesting and eclectic all-American Main Street feel; it is ideal for shopping, dining and entertainment. You'll find more than your cookie cutter stores lining the streets of downtown Hyannis because small businesses still thrive on Cape Cod. Shop until your heart's content, enjoy a bite at a few restaurants or sip on a libation at one of the many busy Main Street al fresco spots.
Downtown Hyannis can entertain you for an entire day, but history buffs may want to flag down the trolley and make their way to the JFK Museum. Appropriately placed in Hyannis, not far from the Kennedy Compound, the JFK Museum pays tribute to the Kennedy family's days on Cape Cod through multimedia exhibits. Here you'll see snapshots of this president's life, at play and surrounded by friends and family.
And when you're ready to return to Boston, simply board the CapeFLYER and relax as you let the train take you back to South Station.