Harbor Your Arts

Centered around Hyannis Harbor and the “Walkway to the Sea,” the HyArts District of Hyannis features events and activities that offer something for everyone. From Pearl Street's artisan-residence, gallery and work studios to the harbor front's shanty artisans, music, public art installation and more, the arts are showcased year round in the downtown Hyannis HyArts Cultural District!

Pearl Street where art is cultured! Visit Gallery Artrio and Bass River Pottery @50 Pearl, and Sarah Holl Artspace, on the Hyannis HyArts Campus at the corner of South and Pearl Streets. The campus includes the historic Guyer Barn, a community art space open year round with art classes, workshops and exhibits.

John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family played a significant role in shaping the history of Hyannis. Follow the self-guided Kennedy Legacy Trail, which takes you from the JFK Museum on Main Street to the Kennedy Memorial at Veteran’s Beach. Each stop along the 1.6 mile trail provides a brief history. Maps are available at the JFK Museum, points along Main Street, and at KennedyLegacyTrail.com

Visitors can follow the walkway-to-the-sea, a wave patterned brick walkway from downtown Main Street Hyannis to Hyannis Harbor and enjoy all there is to delight the senses. Take time to experience the harbor views, sounds, local cuisine, shopping and conversation.

As you follow the walkway, stop at Aselton Park, on the corner of South and Ocean, where you will see a colorful public art installation, Buoyed Coast, with 50 lobster buoys on display April-Nov. In July and August visitors enjoy free early evening concerts and activities several nights a week.

Continue along the walkway to Bismore Park/Ocean Street to discover seven Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties. This popular attraction is known as “Harbor your Arts”. Visitors to the colorful shacks will find a variety of artwork including ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, glass work, photography, paintings and more crafted by Cape Cod artisans. At the shanties, free nature crafts and music several evenings from July through September. Shanties are open from 11AM; weekends beginning May 16, 2014 and seven days a week beginning June 23rd through Sept 28, 2014.

There are so many places to visit in downtown Hyannis to complete your art-full day! From museums and memorials to shopping and dining, there is plenty to see and do in downtown Hyannis.

Although everything is in walking distance, in July and August look for the FREE summer trolley that loops around Hyannis - just wave it down and hop on board!
Regardless of your tastes, Hyannis offers it all. Plan a day for shopping, sightseeing and dining and take in all that the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District has to offer.
For more information visit HyArtsDistrict.com

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28 Jan 2014

By TRAVELHOST Contributing Writer