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“The best bit of Boston”

John F. Kennedy National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Brookline
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

We spent 3 hours here and could easily have doubled the time. Fascinating insight into the Kennedy years with amazing bits of preserved history like his handwritten note of the 'Ich bin ein Berliner speech'. DONT MISS IT

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

It was interesting to see where JFK was born and grew up. I'm not usually one for historic houses, but the rangers are very knowledgable and made the history come alive. Be sure to do one of the free tours, which takes about an hour. The hose was restored by Rose Kennedy before she gave it to the Park Service, so everything is as she left it.

Coolidge Corner is a nice area to, so be sure to stroll around. Check out the S.S. Pierce building with it's distinctive white tower on the corner. You can take a Green Line C train to Coolidge Corner, then stroll ten minutes to the house.

This isn't a Boston "must-see", but if you have extra time, it's worth an hour.

Thank Terry M
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We visited the birthplace of JFK and were truly inspired to be standing in the home of our former President. The tour was free and very informative. It was great to get a glimpse of the family's home and to hear the stories about their lives. Our guide was wonderful and engaged us with questions. The Park Rangers overall and the cashier in the gift shop was very nice and were eager to answer our questions. We were able to park in front of the home which was great. A must see, while visiting the Boston area.

Thank chill993
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

What a gem to find in Boston, easily accessible by the local train, entrance is free, the Park Rangers who work there are pleasant, informative and helpful, a joy to meet.
The house itself is wonderfully preserved to the thime resident Kennedy was born there in 1917 and you can take a free audio tour given by the Presidents Mother Rose Kennedy recorded around 1967 explaining the furnishings of each room and general life in the household at that time.
I have to say for me and my 15 year old son this was one of the highlights of my visit to Boston this time..........in one word ....Brilliant

Thank Paul M
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

The tour was very interesting and you couldn't get better staff. They very very helpful, attentive and answered all our questions. Best of all it was totally free.

Thank Moe W
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