May 29 was John F. Kennedy’s birthday. In 2017 will be his 100th birthday. To commemorate his upcoming centenarian milestone, and the now historic 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, history buffs and Kennedy-philes will appreciate this list of six significant historical sights. These mark Kennedy’s birthplace, presidential library, contribution to the space program, Dallas’ Dealey Plaza, and his grave site. Find out more about each place, what they have to offer, and other visitor information for your convenience.
John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation, Inc.
Come see their multimedia exhibit of photographs and videos emphasizing John F. Kennedy’s life at Cape Cod from 1934 to 1963. The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, along with his family, their deep connection to the Cape. See JFK sailing on the ocean without a care in the world to happy times with his family.
Admission Prices: Adults 18 and over…$9, Children 8-17…$5, Children under 8…FREE, Seniors 62 and older…$6, and Students with ID….$5.
Address: 397 Main Street Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: (508) 790-3077
Hours of Operation: April 14th – May 31st: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 4p.m. June 1st -October 31st: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. November 1st – November 30th: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
Now a national historic site as part of the National Park Service, this is the home of Rose Kennedy where John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Park Rangers provide tours and a video is also presented. The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is located in a residential neighborhood with limited parking. Public transportation is accessible.
Admission is free to the public.
Address: 83 Beals Street Brookline, Massachusetts 02446
Phone: (617) 566-7937 Fax: (617) 730-9884
Hours of Operation: Winter Hours (November 3, 2013-May 21, 2014) Closed. You may make an appointment during the weekday to schedule a tour Monday through Friday. Summer Hours (May 22-October 31, 2014) Open Wednesday through Sunday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m..
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Visit the exhibits on the sixth and seventh floors with its artifacts, photographs, and documentary films on that fateful day, November 22, 1963, in downtown Dallas. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy at this National Historic Landmark.
Admission Prices: Adult – $16.00, Senior (Ages 65+) – $14.00, Youth (Ages 6-18) – $13.00, Children (Ages 0-5) – Free, and Audio Guide $4.00.
Address: 411 Elm Street Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214) 747-.6660 Fax: (214) 747-6662
Hours of Operation: Open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) Monday: Noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
President John F. Kennedy Gravesite – Arlington National Cemetery (a.k.a. The Eternal Flame)
One of the most visited and featured gravesites in the world, in film and television, where President Kennedy is buried with its Eternal Flame. Only two U.S. presidents are buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the other being William Howard Taft. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s wishes were simply, “He belongs to the people.” Mrs. Kennedy also expressed an eternal flame be present like the one for the French Unknown Soldier in Paris.
Address: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia 22211
Phone: 877) 907-8585
Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, 365 days 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (April-September) and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (October-March)
Kennedy Space Center
In one of his famous speeches President Kennedy predicted there would be a man on the moon before the end of the decade in the 1960s. Shortly after his death Cape Canaveral would become NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Visitor Complex is worth looking into with all phases of the space programs. You can even see the moon rock.
Admission Prices: Adult $50, Child (ages 3-11) $4,Seniors (55+),$46 with valid ID only when purchasing tickets at the ticket office U.S. Military – Adult $46, Child (ages 3-11) $37.
Address: 6225 Vectorspace Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: (321) 867-5000
Hours of Operation: March 31st- September 1st: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Every U.S. president gets their own library, and JFK’s is a popular place to visit in Boston. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is a history aficionado’s dream where you can research papers from this legendary president. Be sure to check out the permanent and visiting exhibits.
Admission Prices: Adults $14.00, Seniors (62 and over), Students (with valid college ID) $12.00, Ages 13-17 $10.00, Members and children 12 and under are free.
Address: Columbia Point Boston, MA 02125
Phone: (866) JFK-1960
Hours of Operation: Open 7 days per week, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with the exception of New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day when the library is closed).