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    John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Outdoor Activities

Neighborhood Tours

Summer walking tours begin May 31, 2014. Tours are offered daily at 2:15pm and are 45 minutes long. See below for program descriptions; program offered is dependent on staff availability. In case of inclement weather, please call the site at 617-566-7937.


Growing up Kennedy

What was it like to grow up as a Kennedy in Brookline? On this one-mile walk through John F. Kennedy's boyhood neighborhood, we'll begin at his birthplace, 83 Beals Street and walk through the neighborhood to the second home the family moved to in 1920. On the way, we'll learn about the early years of the Kennedy family, including JFK's competitions with his older brother, parental expectations, childhood pranks and more!

Movin' Up with the Kennedys: Challenge and Triumph

In 1920, the Kennedys left 83 Beals Street to move to a more spacious and comfortable home just a few blocks away. This move was made possible by Joseph Kennedy Sr.'s successes in banking, the stock market, and the motion picture industry. But the success of the family, and their father's frequent absences, also created new expectations and new challenges for their children. How did this change effect the Kennedy children? How did Jack respond to new schools and new challenges? What was his relationship with his siblings? We will answer these and other questions as we explore the neighborhood where Jack spent the first 10 years of his life.

A park ranger talks about the Kennedy's second home in Brookline. The second home is the large, Victorian, blue house with a big porch behind the ranger.

Did You Know?

Rose Kennedy playing the piano.

Rose Kennedy was a trained musician & encouraged her children to play the piano, but they preferred the radio to their piano lessons. The Kennedy White House show-cased the performing arts--including appearances by poet Robert Frost, soprano Grace Bumby, and cellists Pablo Casales & Yo Yo Ma.