Destination guide

Downtime in Dennis

Discover quintessential Cape Cod and an array of family-friendly adventures at Dennis, one of 5 distinct villages in the Barnstable County town of the same name. The town counts several fascinating historic districts and numerous recreational trails among its highlights, not to mention 16 glorious beaches fronting the Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay, but the appeal of a stay in a Dennis vacation rental by no means ends there. Culture on every corner, delicious seaside dining, pristine coastal stretches and boutique shopping all make Dennis a great base for a Cape Cod getaway.

Things to do

Cultural appeal in Dennis

Squeezing a little culture into your stay in a Dennis vacation rental shouldn't prove too tricky. With intriguing spots such as Scargo Tower and the 1801 Jericho Historical Center, the town's historic district is a great place to start. A trip to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum rounds off a culture fix nicely, although those hungry for more can check out exhibitions at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Catching a movie at the historic Cape Cinema, set right beside the museum, is a lovely way to round off the day.

Activities

Outdoor adventures in Dennis

It is always outdoor time here, and Dennis's beautiful beaches comprise an idyllic backdrop for seaside adventures. While tide pools and shell hunting at Bayview and South Village Beaches help keep the kids entertained, a delightful way to explore a different side of the town during the postcard-perfect summer months comes in the form of leisurely kayaking trips along the Bass River. Those who prefer someone else to take the reins can opt instead for a riverboat excursion. From Vikings to old sea captains, passengers on these 90-minute narrated tours are regaled with tales of the river's most colorful characters.

Weather

Blissful summers in Dennis

The best time to bag a rental in Cape Cod depends on what vacation means to you. If swimming and sunbathing are on the agenda for much of your getaway, the summer months of July and August provide the best conditions for outdoor play. Be aware, though, that many travelers will think similarly, so it pays to secure your ideal Dennis vacation rental in advance. If a quieter stay is more your style, opt instead for a shoulder season stay in May, June, September or October. Rental rates in December through April are at their lowest but temperatures dip also.

Natural features

Fabulous day trips from Dennis

Within a quick jaunt of the village, you'll find a number of natural highlights that are must-adds to your Dennis travel agenda. The pristine sandy beaches, lighthouses and wild cranberry bogs along the 40-mile Cape Cod National Seashore are easily accessible from Dennis rentals, while those looking for an adventure further afield may well find themselves sailing the open seas toward Martha's Vineyard. Here you can explore quaint hamlets, take a ride on Coney Island's historic Flying Horses Carousel or set off on a bike tour to enjoy the views of Elizabeth Island from the Aquinnah Cliffs.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Dennis

The nearest airport is in Hyannis, MA (HYA-Barnstable Municipal), located 6.9 mi (11.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Provincetown, MA (PVC-Provincetown Municipal), which is 23.6 mi (37.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Dennis?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 914 vacation rentals near Dennis. From 713 Houses to 111 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Dennis for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Dennis?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dennis:

  • Dennis Port: 1,081 vacation rentals
  • West Dennis: 1,213 vacation rentals
  • East Dennis: 316 vacation rentals
  • South Dennis: 1,258 vacation rentals
  • Hyannis: 1,186 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Dennis?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Dennis. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • West Dennis Beach: 3,430 vacation rentals
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art: 4,976 vacation rentals
  • Corporation Beach: 4,910 vacation rentals
  • Bass River Lighthouse: 4,544 vacation rentals
  • Scargo Tower: 4,880 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dennis listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Dennis?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 713 Houses in Dennis. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Dennis include:

  • Cottages: 111 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 111 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 52 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Dennis?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 59 vacation rentals with pool available in Dennis. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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