First Steps to the White House

As a boy, JFK’s parents never expected he would grow up to be president. Yet in his birthplace home he learned values that inspired a life in public service. His mother, Rose Kennedy, recreated her family’s first home to share her memories of those early years with visitors. We commemorate not only his early life, but the ideas and principles he left behind.

The front of 83 Beals St. The house is dappled with shadows from the trees.
Take a Virtual Audio Tour

Take a Virtual Audio Tour of 83 Beals Street, the birthplace of John F. Kennedy. Check out our newest kid's tour, "Young Jack Kennedy."

Graphic of photos of JFK next to LBJ with the title "JFK & LBJ: A New Frontier & The Great Society."
JFK&LBJ: Conversations on Two Presidents

Join NPS staff from across three sites as they discuss the early lives, political careers, and legacies of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

A cat sits in front of a television with John F. Kennedy's image displayed. Black and White.
Watch our Site Film

Learn about President Kennedy and the site through our film.

A pair of hiking boots, a park ranger flat hat, and the JFK NHS Junior Ranger booklet are displayed
Participate in our Junior Ranger Program

A free, fun, and educational activity for youth that can be completed virtually.

Ranger stands in a wooden scene. a camera on a tripod is to the left.
Specialty Talks and Filmed Presentations

Dive deeper into Kennedy topics.

A park ranger stands in front of a yellow bricked building holding a photograph of a young JFK
Virtual Walking Tours

Take a virtual walking tour from the comfort of your own home.

Eunice Kennedy, Kathleen Kennedy (holding a newspaper in her lap), and Jean Kennedy sit arm-in-arm.
Staff-Written Articles

Read staff-created articles about the site, the Kennedy family, and relatable themes, including the Kennedy women.

Last updated: January 24, 2024

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83 Beals Street
Brookline, MA 02446


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