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Yarmouth, Massachusetts

Yarmouth, on the coast of Cape Cod, is a masterfully planned and historically rife city. Three villages comprise Yarmouth, with each reflecting over three centuries’ worth of culture, tradition, and splendor. Plan a vacation around the unique attractions among West Yarmouth, Yarmouth Port, and South Yarmouth.

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Standard operating hours are between 10am and 9pm Mondays through Saturday, and 11am to 7pm on Sundays.
Yarmouth Visitor Center
424 Route 28
West Yarmouth, Massachusetts
+1 508 778 1008

The City of Yarmouth

Yarmouth, Massachusetts takes its name from the English town of Great Yarmouth in the county of Norfolk in England. It was once part of the Plymouth Colony, an English colony which existed from 1620 to 1691and which was one of the first English colonies established primarily for religious reasons rather than economic ones. The individuals who settled the Plymouth Colony were known as Pilgrims, and their famed voyage on the Mayflower and landing at Plymouth has become an integral part of American lore.

Prior to its occupation by American settlers, the area was heavily populated by tribes of the Wampanoag. By most accounts, early dealings between the settlers and the native inhabitants were peaceful and spawned the traditional Thanksgiving holiday that is celebrated in the United States to this day. In the late 17th century, the relationship between the Wampanoag and English settlers became tenuous and led to wars between the two groups that would shape the colony's future population.

In 1639, the county of Barnstable was established and the town of Yarmouth was incorporated. Although it has a celebrated maritime history, Yarmouth started out as a farming community, particularly in the animal husbandry of sheep, cattle and pigs. In the late 1800s, Yarmouth captains began to ferry merchants across the Atlantic to participate in the China Trade, and many of these captains chose to establish their residences in Yarmouth, where they would spend their time when not at sea.

The economic climate and the landscape of Yarmouth once again underwent a transformation in the late 1800s when developers began to look for ways to capitalize on the beauty of the Cape in an effort to draw tourists to the area. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a number of hotels and vacation homes were constructed in Yarmouth, followed by a proliferation of residential development.

Today, the tripartite town of Yarmouth sits only half an hour from Plymouth, the landing site of the Pilgrims, and is only 75 miles from the metropolis of Boston, the state's capital and largest city. Much of the commercial development in Yarmouth has been along Route 28 and much of the more modern aspects of the town lie in West and South Yarmouth. For a taste of the early centuries of Yarmouth, travel along Old King's Highway through Yarmouth Port, which is dotted by many buildings on the National Historic Registry, including the former homes of Yarmouth ship captains.

The coexistence of the historic with the modern is what makes Yarmouth a special place within the Cape. It has found a way to preserve its history and the beauty of its landscape, from the Cape Cod Bay to the North and Nantucket Sound to the South, without sacrificing modern comforts. Yarmouth's gorgeous beaches and forests for hiking, a story to take you back in time, and tons of shops, restaurants and attractions to explore are reasons why many find a second home in this historic Cape Cod town.

Do & See in Yarmouth

Each of Yarmouth's villages looks to the sea, and you will find what seems to be an endless swath of beaches, rolling waves, and ocean sunsets. However, further inland, Yarmouth unfolds into a wonderland where past meets present and enough exploration will carry you from historical attractions that date back as far as the time of to pockets of thriving modern culture.

The villages are special destinations in themselves and each has its own unique flavor. For instance, West Yarmthouth offers various family-friendly attractions as well as plenty of beach-side fun and fantastic restaurants. Yarmouth Port is rich with historical attractions, such as the nature trails at the Kelley Chapel, Captain Bangs Hallet House, and the Boardwalk at Grey’s beach. South Yarmouth is rife with oceanfront resorts, 1800s historic homes and churches, and exquisite golf courses.
Bass Hole (Gray's Beach)
One of Yarmouth's most famous beaches is located in the village of Yarmouth Port. Its amenities include a picnic area, a pavilion, bathrooms, and a parking lot. It is a smaller beach, but its major attraction is its boardwalk, which is built over a salt marsh.
Kings Way Golf Club
Formerly a private club known as Kings Way Club, this prestigious golf club is now open to the public and provides enjoyable yet challenging courses as well as nice shaded areas to relax in. Its signature hole 5, overlooks Cape Cod Bay and the Dennis Salt Marshes. The club also offers on-site dining at The Diamond in the Rough restaurant to complete your golfing experience.
Seagull Beach
One of Yarmouth's most scenic beaches, this one offers majestic views, plenty of spots for sunbathing and swimming and a perfect sunset-watching locations. Bring your family and pack a picnic.
Yarmouth Dennis Soccer Club
Fewer things are more American than New England and baseball. The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox go head-to-head with teams in the towns of Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Cotuit, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Orleans, and Wareham in the Cape Cod Baseball League. It has been a stopover for many college players on their way to the majors, including Nomar Garciaparra, who went on to play for the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs.
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
The Cultural Center is more than an art museum. They bring education and perspective to the community of Cape Cod through events, classes and exhibits focusing on the visual, literary and performing arts. Check their website for a schedule of classes, workshops, and musical and theatrical performances.
Yarmouth New Church
This historic church was constructed in the mid-1800s by a group of followers of a theologian named Swedenborg who were collectively known as the Yarmouth "New Church". The Yarmouth New Church Society turned over the structure to the Yarmouth New Church Preservation foundation, which works to restore and maintain its stunning beauty. It is located in the historic Yarmouth Port Common district.
Bass River Golf Course
There is no shortage of beautiful courses to suit all levels of player in Cape Cod. With four courses, Yarmouth is definitely a golfing community. Bass River dates back to 1900 and features 18 holes for players seeking a challenge.
Edward Gorey House
Built in 1820, the former home of American author and illustrator Edward Gorey, which he purchased in 1979, has been converted into a museum to preserve and celebrate the life and works of the Cape Cod native. Gorey's works include a large number of illustrated books that have been popular with children. The museum is open from April through December annually, and guided tours of the home are available.

Dining in Yarmouth

The flavors of Cape Cod abound in Yarmouth. Mediterranean flavors combined with bayside scenery make eating in this city the experience of a lifetime. Fresh seafood is in no short supply, and celebrated chefs bring their own unique take on flavors from around the world. Most importantly, when seafood and New England come together, you know there is going to be some competition in the clam chowder department. Of course, everyone claims theirs is the best so you may just wind up trying them all to decide for yourself!
Old Yarmouth Inn
Steak, fresh fish, and pasta are just a few of the many dishes available in this restaurant that offers modern cuisine with a 17th-century setting. Old Yarmouth Inn's atmosphere complements its simple yet elegant fare. You will feel right at home in their dining room decorated in bright whites and warm hues while gazing through a window at the Inn's gardens in the summer.
Captain Parker's Pub
Captain Parker's is the conception of former Boston schoolteacher Gerry Manning, who actualized his dream of running a restaurant when Captain Parker's opened its doors in 1981. Famous for its "Triple Crown" clam chowder, Captain Parker's pub is part bar, part family-friendly restaurant. Open year round, Captain Parker's envelops diners in a friendly atmosphere replete with views of Parker's River.
Skipper Restaurant & Chowder House
Enjoy the delightful, masterfully prepared catch of the day while taking in the fabulous sea views at this South Yarmouth restaurant. Make sure to try the lobster roll, but you probably won't go wrong with any of the menu items.
Basil Thai Cuisine
Do not judge Basil Thai by its strip mall location. Inside, the restaurant is refined and infused with the aromatic cooking of traditional and modern Thai dishes. All dishes are prepared using fresh, local ingredients.
Pizza Barbone
Pizza Barbone specializes in wood-fired pizza creations that utilize fresh ingredients and careful preparation. Their handcrafted oven was built in Italy and transported from Naples to Cape Cod. In addition to pizza, Pizza Barbone also serves appetizers like baked pecorino, meatballs and roasted cauliflower as well as salads and their own special desserts.
Kream N' Kone
Open seasonally, Kream N' Kone has been a favorite stop for Cape Cod visitors for decades because of its fried seafood dishes. For the health-conscious, Kream 'N Kone also serves broiled entrees. They have received numerous accolades over the years from residents and publications, such as Coastal Living.
Raw Bar on Ocean Street
The very hungry will appreciate Raw Bar's ample lobster rolls. They serve a variety of other seafood dishes that include oysters, shrimp and other lobster dishes as well as other options like hot dogs and chicken wings. No matter what you choose to eat, your meal will be accompanied by breathtaking ocean views.
TUGBOATS
TUGBOATS was once a sail loft, used by sail makers made sails for boats. It is now home to two bar and lounge areas, three dining areas and an open-air deck overlooking Hyannis Harbor. TUGBOATS has an extensive menu of seafood selections as well as other menu options, including a children's menu.

Cafes in Yarmouth

The smell of the sea is greatly complimented with the fresh aroma of a nice cup of coffee in the morning. Enjoy some of Yarmouth's fine cafes during your stay in the city. Many cafes offer light fare for breakfast and lunch, which you may be able to enjoy while overlooking the bay.
The Optimist Café
True to its name, your experience at The Optimist Café will improve your outlook on life when you see their delightful decor and taste their delicious brews and baked goods. The Optimist Café has a breakfast, lunch and a kids menu. Some examples of meal options include eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Piccadily Café & Deli
In addition to a combination of hot and cold sandwiches, Piccadily Café & Deli serves soups, burgers, and other options for lunch. The breakfast menu offers hearty options like omelettes, home fries, bacon and sausage as well as lighter options like bagels and cereal. Enjoy a slice of pie with ice cream or an other pastry for dessert.
Nirvana Coffee Company
Nirvana Coffee Company has been praised for its selection of gourmet coffees since it first opened its doors. Step into its beautiful location in historic Barnstable Village and enjoy a fresh-brewed cup of coffee or tea or fresh-baked pastry. They also offer a variety of sandwiches and salads.
Marylou's Coffee
Marylou's chain of coffee shops opened its first location in Hanover, MA in 1986. They may be known for their trademark pink cups, but even the most discerning coffee drinker can look past this gimmick knowing that the cups are filled with some of the best coffee on the South Shore. Another aspect of this chain that cannot be overlooked is its always-stellar customer service.
Grumpy's
This is one place where the name does not match the experience because, when you leave Grumpy's, you will leave with a smile on your face. Breakfast and lunch are served in a family-friendly environment, and the menu features a variety of options to suit all tastes. Call ahead to pick up your breakfast or lunch order to-go.
The Coffee Table Café
The Coffee Table Café is bustling in the morning with people stopping in to grab something before catching a ride on the ferry at the Hy-Line Landing. Here, you will find fresh-brewed coffee, wholesome sandwiches and salads, and friendly faces. Many items are self-serve so you can just grab and go!
The Casual Gourmet Express
The Casual Gourmet specializes in wedding catering but also has a collection of shops where they sell coffee and fresh, delicious and moderately-priced deli and bakery selections. Muffins, bagels and sandwiches are just a sampling of what you will find on the menu and in the bakery case. The Casual Gourmet prides itself on community involvement.
Dunkin Donuts
Dunkin Donuts is famous for its coffee as well as its doughnuts. Over the years, they have expanded their menu to include a variety of specialty coffee drinks as well as a line of breakfast and lunch sandwiches. There are multiple locations throughout Cape Cod.

Bars & Nightlife in Yarmouth

Nothing follows a day of fun like a night of more fun. Yarmouth offers several nighttime hotpots to complete your night. Additionally, several area restaurants host live entertainment on weekends.
Red Face Jack's
This sports bar is an excellent place to celebrate any occasion with its lively atmosphere and its multitude of drinking choices. Never miss any sports action with its over 30 HD televisions airing the big games throughout the night. Jack's features drink and food specials throughout the week.
Woodshed
Located in the Brewster area, Woodshed is a very well-known and popular nightlife venue. With its regular live band performances (daily during the summer months), the Woodshed is a very attractive place for an evening drink.
The British Beer Company
The British Beer Company is well-known for the variety of tap beers served - 27 varieties are on offer here, so no beer-lover will leave disappointed.
Seaside Pub On Main
There is something happening every night at the Seaside Pub, whether it be dancing accompanied by the stylings of a DJ, karaoke or a sports game. Half price appetizers are on the menu from 4-6 p.m. every night. It is a great place for late night dining as the full menu is served until midnight.
Bobby Byrne's Restaurant & Pub
Bobby Byrne's pub brands itself as an "eating, drinking and talking establishment." Enjoy some comfort from the menu or from the conversation at the bar. In addition to being a popular watering hole, Bobby Byrne's is also a family-friendly dining establishment with a kids menu for the little ones.
Cape Cod Melody Tent
The Cape Cod Melody Tent has provided a unique venue for entertainment in Hyannis since it opened in 1950. Upgrades have been made to the tent in recent decades, and it has seen performances from several popular touring musicians and comedians, including Bill Cosby, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, the Beach Boys and Linda Ronstadt.
Quarterdeck Lounge
Branded a dive bar by the locals who love it, the dimly lit atmosphere of the Quarterdeck is the backdrop to an evening of food and fun. Quarterdeck is known for cheap drinks and quality pizza.

Shopping in Yarmouth

Take home some nice jewelry and souvenirs at the end of the tours of many historic sites in Yarmouth. The Cape Cod region provides a mix of both large commercial retailers and small local shops. It is also a great place to find antiques and Cape-inspired artwork.
Newbury Comics
Newbury Comics is as close to nerd paradise as it gets - Adventure Time, Doctor Who and Game of Thrones merchandise as well as dozens of comics and books, as well as some records. are on offer here.
Cape Annie's Lighthouse
One of the most unique things you can find at Cape Annie's Lighthouse is jewelry made with beads constructed using sands from Cape Cod beaches. They also have a host of other beach and nautical-themed products among other products, if you are searching for lighthouse-themed decor, which was once Annie's specialty and remains their namesake.
Antiques Center of Yarmouth
The innumerable items available at the Antiques Center come from over 100 dealers and consignors. These high-quality antiques are of a variety that there is something to satisfy all tastes.
Cape Tradewinds Gifts Shop
Cape Tradewinds contains two stories of gifts, beachwear and accessories, and other souvenirs to commemorate your visit to the Cape. They also boast the largest selection of wicker furniture in the region. Wicker furniture cushions can be customized to suit your taste with your choices from their fabric selections.
Coastal Craft Gallery
Coastal Craft Gallery isn't an exhibit hall. It is a shop where guests can purchase works by local artisans. From the aesthetic to the functional, the work you will find here is of the finest quality and may be sold to you by the artist who created it.
Cape Cod Lanterns
In business since 1836, Cape Cod Lanterns is one of the oldest continuously operating businesses in the region. They continue to make their customized lanterns by hand.
Little Beach Gallery
Little Beach Gallery was named the 2013 Small Business of the Year by the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce. It represents a large number of local artists, whose work ranges from jewelry to ceramics and paintings.
South Cape Village
A blend of commercial and independent shops comprise the storefronts of South Cape Village. In addition to shopping, South Cape Village offers a number of dining options.

Tourist Information for Yarmouth

Passport/Visa
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
Best Time to Visit
Temperatures in Yarmouth vary intensely. If you are looking for the warmest time to visit, go from June to August, because the weather is good and temperatures are around 81.8°F (27.7°C). However, if festivities are what you're after, go there in the first weeks of October, because every year, since 1978, there's the Yarmouth Seaside Festival, a traditional festival that includes craft markets, parades, fireworks, various races and a lot of exciting events.
Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA)
Barnstable Municipal Airport, also known as Boardman/Polando Field, is a public airport located on Cape Cod, five miles south from Yarmouth. It is Cape Cod's major airport as well as an air hub for the Cape and the Islands (Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket). The airport is served by scheduled commercial flights as well as charters and general aviation. Jet Blue has a daily non-stop service to New York Airport.
Public Transportation
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) provides buses that run regularly, as well as seasonal shuttles. Consult the website for time schedules, as they vary by season and many shuttles only run during the summer months. Prepare exact fare, as drivers do not have change.
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