Embark on this 90-minute walking tour to learn the history of the efforts of the Kennedy family in Massachusetts, visit iconic landmarks, and gain an understanding of the immense legacy that remains.
Boston is riddled with sites and landmarks which played a crucial role in John F. Kennedy's rise to the White house. The emergence of an Irish political regime in Boston was led by the grandfathers of JFK, P.J. Kennedy and John F. Fitzgerald. The Kennedy legacy, as well as JFK’s political ascent, is evidently embedded in the city of Boston. Embark on Boston Walking Tour’s Kennedy Tour to experience these relevant, historic markers – up close and personal!
Your guide will direct you to 9 highlights on the tour. Including:
- JFK Statue on the State House Lawn – Standing on the lawn of the Massachusetts State House, the JFK Statue is erected on the same lawn where JFK delivered his famous speech ‘City Upon a Hill’. Dedicated on May 29th, 1990, the monument stands where both of Kennedy’s grandfathers served in the late 19th century.
- Bellevue Hotel and 122 Bowdoin St. Apartment – Neighboring locations, both of these sites served as Kennedy's residences when he moved to Boston and ran for the U.S. Congress in 1946. Kennedy's grandfather, the former Boston Mayor and U.S. Congressmen John F. Fitzgerald, was spending his retirement years at the Bellevue.
- Omni Parker House Hotel – The site of many Kennedy memories, it was here at Omni Parker House Hotel where announced his candidacy for Congress in 1946, proposed to Jackie Kennedy, and held his bachelor party and many other soirees.
- Old City Hall – The grandfather of JFK, John F. Fitzgerald, presided as Mayor of Boston from 1905 to 1907 and from 1909 to 1913. As the first Major of Boston born to Irish immigrants, his election was a revolutionary moment in the Irish political presence.
- Irish Famine Memorial – Millions of Irish immigrants made their way to the states in the 1840s to escape a wave of brutal hunger caused by a potato famine. JFK's great-grandfather was one of those immigrants, who made the journey in 1849. The Irish Famine Memorial commemorates the millions of immigrants who arrived in this trying time.
- JFK's Senate Headquarters - Located in Post office Square, JFK revolutionized Massachusetts politics by running the first campaign in history that was truly statewide, establishing offices throughout the Commonwealth.
- Faneuil Hall – An iconic Boston site, John F. Fitzgerald made many speeches here during his time as major. His grandson, JFK, would later deliver the final speech of his 1960 presidential campaign here.
- Union Oyster House – Internationally recognized as the oldest continuously operated restaurant in the United States, President Kennedy has his own booth here due to his frequent visits!
- Rose Kennedy Greenway –This gorgeous park honors Rose Kennedy - the mother of three U.S. Senators, two war heroes, an Ambassador, Attorney General, and a President of the United States.
This 90-minute walking tour is a testament to the immense impact the Kennedy family has left on the city of Boston, the state of Massachusetts, and the nation as a whole. Gain an unforgettable understanding of the efforts of the Kennedy family, and see how the community honors their legacy! Present your Go Card at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center at 139 Tremont Street in exchange for a ticket on the tour.
Present your pass at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center located at 139 Tremont Street in exchange for a ticket on the tour.
May-November: Saturdays at 11:30 am.
November through March.
Boston Common Visitor Information Center
139 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 2111
Green or Red Line to the Park Street stop.
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