Kennedy Legacy Trail: A Walk Through History in Downtown Hyannis, MA

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The ten stops along the Kennedy Legacy Trail in downtown Hyannis, MA offer visitors to Cape Cod an intimate glimpse into what many believe was America’s Camelot era: the presidency of John F. Kennedy. In an effort to ensure that her husband’s achievements would not be forgotten in the grief that griped the nation following his assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy likened JFK’s 1000 days in office to the mythical days of Camelot, a popular Broadway musical at the time and one of the president’s favorites. Copy of a segment of JFK's inaugural address etched in stone at the Kennedy Library

The self-guided Legacy Trail highlights ten sites closely linked to the Kennedy family’s rich history on Cape Cod. Though you can begin this 1.6 mile tour at any of the ten sites along the way, many start with the statue of JFK in front of the eponymous museum on Main Street in Hyannis, where you can pick up a map of the trail.

As you meander the trail you will pass the church where the Kennedy’s worshiped, the armory where JFK made his nomination acceptance speech, and the JFK Memorial at Veteran’s Beach not far from the family’s beloved summer compound. Allow about an hour and a half for the tour. A free trolley will return you to the start of the trail, but only during the busy summer months. Otherwise plan on about a 30 minute walk.

Kennedy Legacy Trail
JFK Hyannis Museum
397 Main Street, Hyannis, MA
Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, Noon to 5:00 PM

Main Street in Hyannis, MA is about a 15 minute drive from our location. Enjoy Rich’s bountiful breakfast to fuel your walking tour. We’ll have afternoon baked goodies out for you when you return, which you can enjoy in the comfort of a chaise lounge on the deck or in front of a roaring fire in the great room.