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The Mid Cape starts at exit 5 (Marstons Mills/West Barnstable) and continues to Exit 9 (Dennis Port). This area attracts lots of families due to the number of outdoor amusement attractions in the area. Three major roads travel directly through the Mid Cape- Route 6A on the northside, Route 28 going along the south, Route 6 also known as the Mid Cape Highway.
Sandy Neck Beach | West Barnstable
$25 to park with lifeguards, bathrooms, showers and a snack bar.
Four-wheel drive and open fire permits are available at the Gatehouse.
Craigville Beach | Barnstable
$25 to park with lifeguards, bathrooms, and showers.
Veteran's Beach | Hyannis
$25 to park with lifeguards, bathrooms, food and plenty of recreation.
Seagull Beach | West Yarmouth
$20 to park with lifeguards, bathrooms, showers and a snack bar.
West Dennis Beach + Corporation Beach | Dennis
$25 (Monday-Friday)/$30 (weekends) to park with lifeguards, bathrooms, showers, and a snack bar.
RAINY DAY IDEAS
Cape Cinema | Dennis Village
An old school film house specializing in independent American and international films.
Whydah Pirate Museum | Route 28, Yarmouth
The museum is home to thousands of items from the Whydah and houses the largest collection of pirate artifacts recovered from a single shipwreck anywhere in the world.
CAPE CODDER WATER PARK | Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis
30,000 square foot indoor/outdoor Water Park featuring: wave pool with 2-foot waves, 80-foot and 50-foot water slides, waterfalls, a soothing 24-person whirlpool, cascading water umbrella and two saunas.
FOOD + DRINK
(L-R) Sesuit Harbor Cafe, Dennis | Scargo Cafe, Dennis | The West End, Hyannis
There are plenty of dining options throughout the Mid Cape. You will find most of these located on or right off of Route 28, which is the main route along the south side of the Cape. Most travelers tend to rent vacation homes around either Hyannis or prestigious, Oyster Harbors in Osterville.
Osterville is a quiet area providing quaint seashore living. Grab a coffee and pastry at Amie Bakery or Earthly Delights for organic and vegan items. Crisp flatbread offers wood-fired pizza and homemade pasta, for boxed beachside lunches make a morning stop at Osterville Fish Market. The Chart Room offers classic seafood dishes with views of North Bay Inlet. For a date night, reserve a table at Five Bays Bistro. If you have room for desert make your way to Four Seas Ice Cream in Centerville, open since 1934.
Hyannis is the hub of Cape Cod, Main Street + Hyannis Harbor are a 10-minute walk from each other and have the most restaurants than anywhere on the Cape. For views of the harbor grab a table outside at Spanky's or Tugboats, which also has a huge deck for large groups. Black Cat or Roadhouse Cafe are two year-round favorites owned by restauranteur, Dave Columbo. Heading to the Melody tent for a show? Bring some quarters and play old school arcade games with creative drinks at Flashback Bar. Get the girls together and meet at The West End for great cocktails with a hip, chic vibe.
Keltic Kitchen, In West Yarmouth, is the best casual breakfast on Cape Cod and has been for years. Also on Route 28 in Yarmouth is Captain Parker's Pub and their award-winning Clam Chowder. On South Shore Drive in Bass River, find space on the upstairs deck at The Skipper Chowder House for an unforgettable sunset.
A few minutes past the Bass River Bridge is Dennis Port, a walkable area with many bars and restaurants scattered throughout the neighborhood. Buckies is a great place to start your day with a coffee & a pastry or The Wee Packet for a full diner-style breakfast. Cleat and Anchor offer live entertainment and one of the most eclectic beer lists on the Cape. The Oyster Company sells Quivet Neck Oysters for $1.25 each before 6:30 pm every day. For an epic ocean-front dining experience reserve a table at the highly recommended Ocean House Restaurant. You also NEED to Endure the long lines at Sundae School, it's the BEST Ice Cream on Cape Cod!
Dennis Village on the Northside offers a peaceful alternative to the hustle and bustle of Route 28. The Merc is a neighborhood cafe serving homemade breakfast and lunch. Scargo Cafe offers 20 wines by the glass and The Pheasant specializes in Farm to Table cuisine.