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“See where President Kennedy born and spent his early life - a step back in history”

John F. Kennedy National Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Brookline
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

John F. Kennedy's birth place is a wonderful site. Nestled in a Brookline neighborhood, it is shown as it would have appeared on May 29, 1917. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy donated the house to the National Park system in the 1960's after President's Kennedy's death. The house all based on Mrs. Kennedy's recollections of how the house appeared. It will only take about 30 minutes to see the house by a tour led by a National Park Ranger. There is a small gift shop, a 20 minute movie made by the Kennedy Family to commemorate Mrs. Kennedy's 100th Birthday. Park Rangers also give a walking tour of the neighborhood showing you the house the Kennedy's moved to in 1920. There is no food available at the site, however, there are many great restaurants on Harvard Avenue which is a short walk away. This is a site not to be missed.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Before Hyannisport and very well preserved to reflect life in the old "Honey Fitz" days. I can just imaging the neighbors five feet away hearing Rose yelling at Joe about Gloria Swanson.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

I used to take the students I taught here to see President Kennedy's place of birth. Visitors can press buttons to hear Rose Kennedy relate the stories of her family's past. The park rangers do a wonderful job telling stories about J.F.K.'s youth and the neighborhood he lived in.

Thank maggied00dle
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Amazing tour of John Kennedy's birthplace. After JFK was assasinated, Rose Kennedy re-purchased the house and spent a few years restoring it as she remembered from the few years the Kennedy's lived there. The Rose Kennedy donated the house where her first 4 children were born to the nation. You can view the nursery, living room, dining room, bathroom, etc.
Excellent park service guides answer all of your questions, no matter how obscure, about theKennedys and the house.
The guides gave us a detailed map so we could walk the few blocks to the second home the Kennedy's resided in the neighborhood when they outgrew this one.
Unfortunately, the larger home is privately owned and the public can't tour this one.

Thank panpanda
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Growing up we lived with furniture as was of the same era as the Kennedy house. It was reminisent of days of childhood that were peaceful and fun

1  Thank DAVID B
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