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“1920 Lifestyle revealed”

John F. Kennedy National Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Brookline
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Spend a nice mid day or early afternoon visiting JFKs birthplace and early childhood home. Rose Kennedy restored it as it were when they lived in the home. So amazing to walk the same halls and climb the same stairs as these famous people. Realizing your touching the same railings as JFK and his family once did connects you in a unique way. You can walk the wonderful neighborhood to see other interesting locations like the church the visited daily and a second home as the family grew in size.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank James C
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"quiet street"
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"master bedroom"
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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Phil is a very informative tour guide. Not only did he know about the Kennedy’s, he knows about the Fitzgerald’s - Rose Kennedy’s Family. The birthplace of JFK hides in plain sight in this lovely neighborhood. A MUST visit and no charge for the 45 minute tour & short video.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

This was our second visit. Both times we took a friend from out-of-town. First of all, these are your tax dollars at work! Second, who doesn’t like the Kennedy’s? Even right-wingers might enjoy the history of some one-percenters. Different tour guides tell it differently, which keeps it fresh.

You go to the back door to sign in at the gift shop. Then you meet on the front porch for a 20 min tour. Then you go down a back staircase to see a short movie. Back in the gift shop are lots of fun items, many for kids. The whole experience is manageable and fun. We had no trouble parking on the street. NOTE: this is not an activity for the mobility impaired.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank LTPratt
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

There is no shortage of things to do in Boston, and while I wouldn't consider this site 'must-do', it definitely exceeded my expectations. The home is small and was only home to JFK for his first 4ish years, but I thought the tour was very interesting.. if not for history on JFK, but a richer background on his family. It was also a great peek into a home in the 1910s/1920s and the surrounding neighborhood is filled with beautiful homes. Our tour guide was Genna and she was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. This could have easily been a very dry tour, but she did a great job making the information inviting.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank travelcal033
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

The tour inside the house of JFK's birth was amazing. I like our tour guide for giving us detailed information about the young lives of the Kennedys in this house, and he tried to evoke questions from us, which was good. Highly recommended place to visit!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank MarivirM1
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