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Reviewed on 24 Nov 2019
Barnstable Municipal Airport is halfway between Barnstable on Cape Cod’s northern coast and Hyannis on the south. The airport offers flights to other airports in Cape Cod – namely to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard – as well as Boston, just over an hour away. There’s also a seasonal air service to JFK Airport in New York as well as flights to White Plains Airport in Westchester County, Connecticut, and charter flights.
Accommodation near Barnstable Municipal Airport ranges from motels to waterfront hotels and luxury boutique bed and breakfasts. Many hotels near Barnstable Municipal Airport are within easy reach of a beach.
Barnstable Municipal Airport is sleek and modern. It has grown considerably since it was built in 1928, when it had only one grass runway. Now it covers 623 acres and has two runways. You could browse the shop and art gallery or grab a light meal from the restaurant before boarding your plane.
You can reach Barnstable Municipal Airport on the Mid-Cape Highway 6 and Highway 132. It’s 14 miles from Sandwich, the oldest town in Cape Cod and the first major town on the western side of the peninsula. Carry on driving 47 miles to the tip of Cape Cod and you’ll reach Provincetown, the last town on the peninsula.
There’s no shortage of things to see and do along Cape Cod’s peninsula. Explore its miles of sandy beaches as well as its large number of colonial towns and quaint fishing villages. If you happen to visit during the Fourth of July celebrations, enjoy the whole peninsula’s party mood.
Hike through the dunes and forests of the Cape Cod National Seashore, or rent a bike for a cycle along the 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail.
To enjoy some local seafood, make your way to any of Cape Cod’s fishing villages, but the Chatham Fish Pier Market is worth a special trip. Visit in the afternoon to watch the fishermen unloading the day’s catch, which soon finds its way to the seafood shacks in the market. Feast on fresh lobster, scallops, crabs and seafood chowder at one of the rustic picnic tables overlooking the water.
Take one of the regular boats from Hyannis and other southern ports to Cape Cod’s most famous islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Both islands are full of charm, historic architecture, upscale restaurants and galleries and, of course, beautiful beaches. Even though they’re only a few miles from the mainland, they have an otherworldly atmosphere.
Whichever part of Cape Cod you’re visiting, you’ll find travelling to and from Barnstable Municipal Airport a straightforward business, as the peninsula is well signposted and easy to get around. You can arrange a rental car at the airport and make exploring Cape Cod much simpler when you have your own transportation.