Kennedy Compound, John F. Kennedy
The Kennedy compound is of almost mythic legendary status in American history. It was at different points in its history the childhood home of Jack and Bobby Kennedy, the hub of JFK’s 1960 presidential campaign, and Ted Kennedy's residence until his death in 2009. In 2012, it was donated to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, which promised that the compound would eventually be opened to the public, so cross your fingers.
In the meantime, there are plenty of ways around the locked doors. If you're a beautiful young debutante, you can score a date with one of the lesser Kennedys and crash a wedding. If you're a peasant like the rest of us, you can hop on the duck boat in Hyannis that will take you through the harbor behind the house and tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the compound’s history.
Local tip: Go off-season. Cape Cod is an enormously popular summer location, but though it operates at a lower capacity, it's a surprisingly refreshing winter destination. Plus, the views of the compound are better without all the tourists.Back to top