Hyannis Travel Guide

  • Fewer ferry trips after the summer season
    Fewer ferry trips after the summer...
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    Ferry dock for the Eagle
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  • Steamship Authority Ferry
    Steamship Authority Ferry
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Hyannis Things to Do

  • Nice place to view the bay and beaches

    We made sure we visited the JFK Memorial near the bay in Hyannis. There is also a memorial to the Korean Veterans here. Nice park with roses blooming and a lovely ocean view.

  • See a Cape Harmony Show

    These ladies are great! They are a group of 10 young women that sing a cappella all over the cape. They put on a great performance and make a boring weekday evening a night to remember. I saw these ladies last summer and I still wish I could have seen more shows! They are simply fantastic! Their show schedule is on their website Capeharmony.com. I...

  • Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tour

    Cape Cod Potato Chips is one of the few small potato chip manufacturers left in New England - and they are so much better than the big company's chips. If you're on the Cape, and think it's interesting to see where your food comes from, the factory is a fun visit. (Regardless of whether you visit, if you see these on the shelves give them a try -...

  • Visit the Ice Cream Hot Spots of Cape...

    Create your own Ice Cream Tour! Four Seas Ice Cream Home-made ice cream made on site with great flavors varying from cantaloupe to (my personal fave) peanut butter chip chocolate. They also serve great sandwiches to boot. It is definitely worth the wait when there's a line! Four Seas opens the Saturday before Memorial Weekend and closes the...

  • Visit local galleries

    The Guyer Barn Gallery and arts center is a Mid-Cape Cultural Council funded project which helps to showcase local artists' work. The gallery itself is an old barn built in the 1860's and is a typical example of early wood frame construction. The barn has had a number of owners and uses over the years, including a bicycle shop. A studio/workshop...

  • Cruise the harbor....several options

    Follow the trail to the waterfront where you will find a variety of tour boats. Some are small, some big. Some go to the islands...some cruise the bays. Some are slick, and some look a bit like a pirate owns it. You choose.

  • Follow the brick trail...to the...

    There is a path which is well marked, leading you from the Main Street in Hyannis to the waterfront and town docks just about a block away. The trail is done very nicely with a 'wave' effect modelled into the brick walkway. It's a notable design element as well as a convenient way to move people from the business district to the waterfront. Watch...

  • In the mood for a pirate adventure?

    I'm not sure if this reminded me more of a pirate ship or the African Queen...but it's a unique and colorful boat to ride...and the crowd evidentally agrees with that assessment. You can find all of these boating opportunities at the town docks only about a block from Main Street. Plenty of options to choose from for an entertaining day on the...

  • Check out the artists at the waterfront

    The town of Hyannis has provided these little sheds for artists to rent for the season. Tourists can review their work in a group. Local talent displayed and for sale....before you board your cruise boat. It's an interesting concept for the artists as well as the life at the waterfront.Notice the blue hydraengers planted along the walkway. The Cape...

  • Nantucket? Martha's Vineyard? we can...

    Find one of these helpful young men to direct you into a parking lot and simply walk across the street to board your boat to the islands.

  • Cycling in the Cape

    One of the great things to do in the Cape Cod area is just hire a bike and cycle around the various little port towns. Its great fun and the scenary is amazing.If you prefer you can catch a ferry from Hyannis port to Marthas Vineyard and other islands off the coastline. These make an excellent day out and you never know who you'll see with all the...

  • I had planned this trip down...

    I had planned this trip down to the minute we left. We took a Hyline Ferry to Nantucket for the day. I would receomend taking a ferry to Nantucket or Martha's Vinyard for a day. There are to ferry companies that serve Hyannis, Hyline and the Steamship Authority.


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Hyannis Restaurants

  • We are Gelato Lovers

    It was easy to find Caffe Gelato Bertini in Hyannis because we saw two young girls walking on the sidewalk eating something out of small bowls near the the place. We had a hard time deciding what to get because of all the beautifully presented choices, and then we wound up getting the same thing! Paid $8.00 for two small cups. Very tasty. Owners...

  • Great selection of beers, and all...

    A friend and I decided to sample BBC after some local friends claimed that it was one of their favorite haunts. We arrived on a Saturday evening, but early enough so that there wasn't an endless wait. The staff was attentive and friendly, explaining the various unfamiliar items on the menu and encouraging us to try them -- and the advice was...

  • Don't expect an authentic experience

    I love Mexican food and was truly looking forward to a great experience. Unfortuantely I did not GET that great experience.The food was of poor quality and seemed microwaved. Pricing was TOO high based on quality.Restaurant could use a good scrubbing and a handyman. not good.

  • One last chance at a clam!!

    This is another of those classic "clam shacks" of Cape Cod. This one is at the canal road on the mainland side of the canal. It's the last chance to grab a clam roll or a mile long hot dog before you leave the Cape area. It is within view of the Bourne bridge. Decent food for a quick stop.

  • Black Cat Food & Spirits

    Local recommendation has it that this is the place to go for a 5 star dinner....with all the fixins'. Of course you would expect great seafood here. It's across the street from where the fishing boats dock.

  • Terra-Cotta's Mexitaly Bistro

    The price and portions were great to me. I also liked the atmosphere. I would highly recommend this place. I had the Blackened Yellowfin Tuna Steak topped with a red curry/mango sauce, Mexican rice and vegetablefor $15.95. and Angie had the BBQ Mixed Grill consisting of chicken breast, pork chop and baby back ribs with seasoned fries, French bread...


Hyannis Nightlife

  • Evening streets

    Along the Main Street of Hyannis you will find whales to amuse you. They come in a variety of decorations, as I mentioned before. Here we see one that is a version of GI Joe, I guess. The kids who were hanging around it were trying to convince us that they were the ones who made it. They were the artists who worked on it, and weren't they great? We...

  • British pub

    Looks like this is the spot that is hopping in the main business district of Hyannis. I've been told that the tourists find it every night.

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Hyannis Transportation

  • Steamship Authority Ferry to Nantucket

    We took a day trip to Nantucket using the Steamship Authority Ferry. It was a two hour and 15 minutes ride for $35 round trip. Everything about this ride was very nice. First of all it wasn't crowded the week after Labor Day. We had great weather so the ride was very pleasant. The inside facilities are nice also. We didn't need reservations for the...

  • The Flying Cloud is the high...

    The Flying Cloud is the high speed ferry to the islands, making the trip in less than 1 hour. The 138-foot vessel with a capacity for 280 passengers makes six trips daily from Hyannis to Nantucket. At a cruising speed of 36 knots, the vessel makes the trip in less than an hour while the standard ferry takes 21/4 hours.Hyannis (508)...

  • The best way to get to the...

    The best way to get to the cape is either car or plane. There are several airports in the cape, and we saw a US Air Mesa jet landing at Barnstable Airport.The ferry leaves for Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, both available in less than 2 hours. You will have to check the schedule for the times. Hy-Line CruisesOcean Street DockHyannis, MA...


Hyannis Shopping

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    by zoegoddess Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Christmas Tree Shop These shops are everywhere and carry a variety of products--anything from decorative lamps to shampoo, greeting cards to flatware. The quality may not be the absolute best, but the prices aren't steep, so it's a "you-get-what-you-pay-for" kind of place. But if you forgot your beach towel at home and need a new one before you head off to enjoy the sun, then the Christmas Tree Shop is perfect.

    What to buy: Souvenir for everyone: Salt Water Taffy! It's really inexpensive and everyone will love it. Although you can't get the ultra-creative flavors like peanut butter or chocolate, the basics are all included in these boxes.
    I'm not sure if they have this deal anymore, but phone cards are also a great purchase and go a long way, too.

    What to pay: No more than $3/box for some genuine salt water taffy.

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Hyannis Local Customs

  • by witchdocktor Written Jun 29, 2004

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    Please, please, do not call yourself a Cape Codder or a local if you only spend a short period of time here during the Summer. Until you have spent several (at least) Winters on the Cape you are still nothing but a glorified tourist to us even if you own a house here. Our property taxes are sky-high because of the houses that dot the beaches that remain empty during the colder months of the year. The lack of affordable housing, cuts in local education funds and sheer winter boredom do not warm up true Cape Codders to those that pretend to be one of us. Trust me, we know if you're for real. Ever hear of "6Degrees of Kevin Bacon"? You can play that game here with any Cape Codder to any Cape Codder... minus three degrees. We know. We are very proud of who we are and the trials and tribulations we have to go through. A Summer home does not equate to being one of us. Sorry.

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Hyannis Warnings and Dangers

  • Cape Cod driving

    I know I may not be a Cape Cod local, but having spent 2.5 months out of every year there ever since I was an infant has made me more than just a "glorified tourist." So please, this is just a little driving tip/observation. Be very wary that with all the locals and tourists driving in the summer that there may be a little less following of street...

  • One-Way Streets

    Here is a mistake I see once or twice daily on Main Street, Hyannis... people driving the wrong way. Yes folks, it is in fact a one-way street. Please look for tell-tale signs such as (gasp) street signs, lights facing oncoming traffic and such. Running parallel to Main Street is South Street, also one-way but in the opposite direction. North...

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Hyannis Favorites

  • The working men of the sea

    The working fishing boats share the dock space with the tourist boats in Hyannis. It makes it interesting to see the contrasts and have conversations with the men who operate both types of sea faring vessels.

  • Meet the artists

    The artists are available to chat at the artists' shacks along the dock area of the waterfront. They will read or talk on cell phones until you come by to entertain them as much as they will entertain you !

  • Cruise the bay area

    So many options on the waterfront around Hyannis. You could also rent one of these large boats if you have a fundraiser to plan or an enormous family reunion to entertain. Lots of good ideas on this waterfront.


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