Aselton Park overlooks busy Hyannis Harbor, a hub of blue economy for the Town of Barnstable, and the Cape Cod region.
Hyannis Harbor: Aselton Park
Created in the 1980s in order to preserve access to the water for everyone, Aselton Park offers classic New England views, grass for picnics, and a walkway between Main Street and Hyannis Harbor. While it was once an oyster farm, the Park now hosts concerts, fairs and fosters connection with the water and fun.
Along the walkway in the park is “Buoyed Coasts”, consisting of lobster buoys mounted on 12’-19’ poles in ornamental grass beds. The buoys frame the harbor and create a display of color, light and kinetic motion drawing activity and attention to Aselton Park.
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They once served as an advocacy piece, creating awareness around the critical state of coastal water quality in the area. In 2006, the project focused on the nitrogen run-off problem threatening the Cape’s marine ecology. The color of the buoys represented the levels of water quality in the Northeast in 2006. The project highlights a pressing need for each visitor and resident to consider how their day-to-day actions affect water quality. The Town of Barnstable has been a leader in making changes to improve water quality by planning for future growth of the town. Through planning and expansion of the Town sewer system and concentrating new growth where sewers already exist, the town of Barnstable leads this effort Cape-wide.
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On the performing arts stage, there are two sheds with four colorful images, “Local Snapshot”: This portrait series celebrates our Cape Cod culture: the unique, hard-working, creative and fun-loving nature of our locals including a portrait of Brandon & Justin Madison, twin brothers, both commercial lobster fishermen, whose shirts in the portrait display each of their captains: Bro Cote and Pete Brown. The captains were a source of inspiration teaching the Madison brothers’ the trade and cultivating their passion for work at sea.
At the base of Aselton park is the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, with a main gallery, boat shed and shop, a working exhibit space for traditional and contemporary boat building.
Hyannis Harbor: Cape Cod Maritime Museum
When looking around Hyannis Habor, it becomes apparent that Maritime culture fuels life on Cape Cod. At the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, you can find boat-building classes, engaging exhibits, and a Harbor sail in their very own catboat are just some of the fun activities on offer. Make sure to check out the historic wooden boats!
Hyannis Inner Harbor
Inner Hyannis Harbor is active year round with sport fishing boats, harbor tours, even a pirate ship sets sail and annual December holiday boat parade! There are restaurants, artist shanties, and shady spots to take in the sights and sounds of a working waterfront to breathe in the fresh air and views. You may even spy the resident harbor seal!
Aselton Park - Along the Walkway-to-the-Sea
It is easy to Park and Walk in downtown Hyannis. Plenty of metered and free public parking lots all steps away from Main Street and Hyannis Harbor.
While You're Here
Spend art-FULL days in downtown Hyannis! ArtsBarnstable invites you to explore the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District. You can walk to Hyannis Harbor, area beaches, and stroll the mile-long Hyannis Main Street with over 40 restaurants and 150 local shops. Museums, memorials, library, walking trails, smile spots and more! Get a taste of local art with a stroll through the colorful artist shanties. Stop by the HyArts Campus at the corner of Pearl and South Street and visit the Cultural Center of Cape Cod Hyannis Annex at Guyer Barn.
Hyannis is one of seven villages in the town of Barnstable. While here, ArtsBarnstable invites you to explore arts and cultural gems in all of our charming villages each with their own flavor of shops, restaurants, and cultural offerings, all with seaside charm! Discover the Town of Barnstable and all it has to offer! The seven villages include Barnstable, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville, and West Barnstable.
HyArts Cultural District
Located in the thriving Cape Cod seaside village of Hyannis, the HyArts Cultural District provides a wide array of arts and cultural experiences with outdoor activities, self-guided walking trails, museums, galleries, community art spaces, public art, shopping, dining, live music, festivals and so much more. Everything to have art-full days, year-round!