Charts: NOAA 13237; 13229
The approaches to Hyannis Harbor are well marked, and the main channel is maintained to a depth of 13’ MLW. If approaching from east, take care to stay south of the R “2” Buoy and north of G “1” Fl G bell, to avoid Gazelle Rock and Bishops and Clerks Ledge. Head for the RW “HH” Mo Bell to pick up the main channel into Hyannis Harbor.
If approaching from the west, it’s safest to travel through the Sound via the North Channel to G “5” bell then proceed northeast to the RW “HH” Bell and from there north into the harbor. The dredged channel begins east of G “5” and R “6”.
Also, be aware that Hyannis Harbor is plied by ferries, tour boats and commercial fishermen, so stay alert, especially when running in the fog or at night. Once inside the inner harbor, you’ll see Hyannis Marina to starboard, with Dockside Marina dead ahead. You’ll find the Town Docks at Bismore Park to port.
- Hyannis Marina (508-790-4000; VHF 9 & 72): Large, full-service marina on the east side of the inner harbor. Offers transient slips, showers, pool, laundry, free WiFi, haul-out, repair and access to 2 onsite restaurants.
- Dockside Marina (508-771-7171): Moderately priced slips for vessels up to 150’, adjacent to the Steamship Authority terminal.
- Town Marina/Bismore Park (508-790-6327; VHF 9): Daytrippers can tie up here for short periods without charge, subject to availability and getting the okay from one of the dockmasters. Longer stays are sometimes permitted by the harbormaster if space is available.
- Lewis Bay offers good holding ground in depths of 4’ to 10’ of water, but watch out for the submerged wreck, marked by a buoy. The area behind Egg Island offers good protection from southwest winds, and a mud and sand bottom, but can be crowded in summer.
- (508-790-6273); VHF 9
- Hyannis/Barnstable Harbormaster website
- A public launch ramp is located on Lewis Bay Road, in the northeast corner of the harbor. This ramp can accommodate large boats on most tides, but beware the drop-off at low tide. Parking is available for residents and non-residents alike, at both the ramp and the overflow lot (vehicles with trailers only) up the street.
- All Cape Rentals (508-827-2001): Rents boats and PWCs out of Dockside Marina.
- Sea Sports (508-790-1217): Rents kayaks, SUPs, bikes, scuba gear and more.
Trader Joe’s (508-790-3008)
- Baxter’s Boat House (508-775-4490): Venerable dock-and-dine restaurant on the inner harbor, adjacent to the Steamship Authority docks. Free dockage, space permitting.
- Trader Ed’s (508-790-8686): Waterside restaurant and bar with outdoor pool at Hyannis Marina. Contact marina dockmaster to arrange a slip.
- Tugboats (508-775-6433): Former sail loft turned restaurant and bar at Hyannis Marina. Contact marina dockmaster for a slip.
- Black Cat Tavern (508-778-1233): Popular bar and eatery behind Bismore Park. See harbormaster for slip availability at Town Docks.
- Spanky’s Clam Shack (508-771-2770): Lively family restaurant with outdoor seating on the harbor near Bismore Park.
- Cape Cod Maritime Museum (508-775-1723): Learn about the fascinating history of Cape Cod maritime life and culture at this museum at the head of Hyannis Harbor. Offers wooden boatbuilding demonstrations and hands-on kids activities.
- JFK Museum (508-790-3077): The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum preserves and promotes the legacy of John F. Kennedy, his family, and their deep connection to Cape Cod.
- Pirate Adventures (508-394-9100): Kids will love this swashbuckling adventure aboard the Sea Gypsy, where they look for treasure and engage in a fierce water cannon battle at sea.
- Mini-Golf: Hyannis has several mini-golf courses. Among the best is Wild Animal Lagoon, (508-790-1662), an 18-holer populated by hippos, sharks, rhinos and more.