“I believe it is important this country sail and not lie still in the harbor.” -President John F. Kennedy, August 13, 1962.
On a beautiful late October Sunday, with unseasonably warm temperatures making New England feel more like early summer than mid-autumn, I thought a trip to Cape Cod was in order before the winds of winter begin to blow. A co-worker who lives on the Cape suggested that I visit Hyannis, and added that given my love of ships and the ocean, I would appreciate the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. With no road trips during the past several weeks, I jumped in my car on Sunday morning and headed out to Cape Cod once again, not only visiting the Maritime Museum, but also stumbling onto a Presidential museum that I did not even know existed.
Hyannis is a village in the town of Barnstable. Originally explored in 1602, Barnstable was founded in 1638. Barnstable was a farming and fishing village until the late 1800s, when it transformed into a summer resort town. The most famous family to inhabit Hyannis is the Kennedys, a political dynasty that has captured the American imagination for over 70 years (via Wikipedia). The Kennedys remain in Hyannis to this day: the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s son (Ted Kennedy Jr.) lives in the house once owned by President John F. Kennedy.
While I have much to share about my adventure to Hyannis, I do want to also give a few quick updates as well before I dive into my latest adventure.
The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is open every day, year round. Admission is $6 for adults, students ages 9-17 and seniors are $5, and children 8 and younger can enter for free. The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is open from June 1 until October 31 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (12:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Sundays). Adult admission is $10, seniors are $7, children 8-17 are $5, and children 7 and younger can enter for free. Thanks to a professional organization I participate in through my job, however, my admission to both museums today was free of charge.
When I was at the JFK Memorial, I struck up a conversation with the park’s caretaker. He asked me what I thought of the Maritime Museum and the JFK Museum, as, in his words, “they’re kind of small and don’t seem that special.” I shared with him that neither museum should be the sole purpose for a trip, but if you are already visiting Hyannis both museums worth a visit. After pausing for a moment, I added that Hyannis itself is worth visiting again and again. He, a lifelong resident, strongly agreed.
Finally, before closing, I wanted to share one more cool story. I have written before of my friend Tyson and my friend Josh, whose blogs about their road trip journeys inspired my own venture into online writing. A few weeks ago, Tyson, behind the wheel of his 1994 Acura Legend coupe, set out from his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Josh then headed out of his home in Boise, Idaho in his 2005 Acura TSX. They met in the middle in Utah, with both cars achieving the same milestone simultaneously: 555,555 miles! Forget synchronized swimming, there should be a gold medal for synchronized driving! You can read more about this cool accomplishment on Tyson’s blog: Drive to Five.
Thank you for coming along on another journey down the open road ahead!