No family has had more influence on Hyannis, MA than the Kennedy’s. A walk along the Kennedy Legacy Trail there is a wonderful way for guests to get a first hand look and feel for what the town and area meant to the family.
Hyannis, the sea, and sailing held special places for the entire Kennedy family. Their home, known as the Kennedy compound, was located close to town and their sailboats are moored at the Hyannisport Yacht Club, including Ted Kennedy’s beloved boat, Mya. Along the trail you’ll find markers that highlight these, as well as other notable points.
The entire walking trail is just 1.6 miles in one direction and visits 10 sites. Expect to spend about 1 ½-hours to complete it. The self-guided tour begins at the JFK Hyannis Museum on Main Street—a place that has rich multi-media exhibits of Kennedy history. You can pick up a brochure and walking map here; or if you prefer, you can download it onto your phone, and get additional info via phone as well.
The ten sites on the trail begin with a statue of President Kennedy close to the Museum; and Main Street and Pearl Street in Hyannis, where the proliferation of rose bushes is a testament to Rose Kennedy, matriarch of the family. Moving on, you’ll stop at the point where John Kennedy accepted the presidential nomination, and a marker noting Kennedy’s designation of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Kennedy Legacy Trail
JFK Hyannis Museum
397 Main Street, Hyannis, MA
Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Our Barnstable location makes it easy to get to Hyannis for the tour, and when you return, you’ll enjoy your own charming room with all the comforts of home—plus homemade cookies and bedside chocolates!