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Hyannis Harbor: A Sense of Place, Slideshow

Written by Laura M. Reckford

HYANNIS – There is a lot to catch your eye at Hyannis Harbor. There are weathered fishing vessels that looked like they have spent decades braving the harsh life at sea. There are also fishing charters, sailing trips and even a pirate ship journey operating in the summer months. Pleasure boats travel past.

And the ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket cruise in and out of the two sides of the harbor at regular intervals.

A few fishermen try their luck dockside, as bikers roll past and families walk through taking in the scenery. There is a bustling waterfront restaurant scene on both sides of Ocean Street.

Just steps from the water, five colorful artist shanties host different artists each week throughout the summer.

Artist sculptures, like the metal piece, Turn, Tern, Turn by Eric M. Kaiser of Cotuit, can also be found along the harbor path. Other artistic innovations include little colorful boxes containing trivia puzzles and bold murals decorating walls, including “Tales of the Sea,” featuring a pipe-smoking fisherman, by artist Jackie Reeves of Sandwich near the artist shanties.

Beginning on Main Street and winding throughout the harbor paths are markers from the Hyannis Kennedy Legacy Trail which uses QR tags to link to video and audio information about the late President who summered in Hyannis.

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About the author

Laura M. Reckford

Laura M. Reckford is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. She has been a reporter and editor on Cape Cod for more than 20 years in magazines, newspapers and radio. She has also authored numerous Frommer's Travel Guide editions on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

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