Hyannis Kennedy Legacy Trail

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Take a walk through history.

The Kennedy Legacy Trail is a self-guided walking tour of sites in downtown Hyannis, Cape Cod that are significant to the Kennedy family.

At each of the 10 sites, an informational sign, and links to video and audio information, uncovers stories & history about the Kennedys on Cape Cod.

The entire walking trail is 1.6 miles long and may be visited in any order.  Brochures with a map of the sites can be downloaded here and are also available at the JFK Hyannis Museum at 397 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.

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The Kennedy's in Hyannis

In 1928, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy & Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. purchased their Hyannis Port summer home, now known as the Kennedy Compound. 

Located on the shore, less than three miles from Main Street Hyannis, it served as a getaway for the Kennedy family, including U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and U.S. Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy. 

Because of the Kennedy Compound’s proximity to Main Street, many significant Kennedy events occurred in downtown Hyannis. The 1.6 mile Kennedy Legacy Trail explores the family’s rich history on Cape Cod, with stops at 10 important Kennedy sites in Hyannis.