Are you a history buff? If so, you know that Cape Cod is a destination for famous American figures. Take John F. Kennedy, for example, and the emblematic Kennedy Compound! This iconic president spent many of his summers here and enjoyed the calm serenity of the Cape. During your next vacation, follow his footsteps and learn all about his life and family! Read on to get all the details and start planning your stay today. For more fun activities and day trips, download our free Vacation Guide! It features our favorite local restaurants, events, shops, museums, outdoor activities, and more.
What You Need to Know About the Kennedy Compound Before Your Visit
History of the Kennedy Compound
The Kennedy Compound is one of the most famous houses in America. Indeed, it gained notoriety when John F. Kennedy used the Hyannis home as a base for his successful presidential campaign in 1960. The Cape Cod compound was known as the “summer White House” for the growing presidential family. The president’s brothers, who also visited the Cape, gained recognition as Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy.
The first house was bought by the Kennedy parents in 1928, when John, commonly known as “Jack”, was merely 11 years old. It’s here that he developed his love for sailing and other outdoor activities. The summer home was the perfect getaway from the city and provided a way to unwind from all the political turmoil. John loved it so much that in 1956, he bought his own Cape Cod home not far from his father’s. Ted purchased one nearby near after. Today, these two properties, along with the original waterfront property on Marchant Avenue, form the Kennedy Compound.
Can You Actually Visit the Compound?
Sadly, you can’t visit the actual compound; the road to the house is closed. Instead, guests can learn more about the family at the Kennedy Museum on Main Street! Travel back in time through the lives of the Kennedy’s, explore the museum and its various exhibits, partake in special programs and events, and keep the legacy of this extraordinary family alive. Entrance tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, $7 for children and students, and free for children under 5.
Experience Cape Cod Like a Kennedy at Chatham Gables Inn
After a Kennedy-themed day, it’s time for you to experience the Cape like the president’s family. Stay with us at Chatham Gables Inn! Our elegant inn is one of the best on Cape Cod and offers top-notch rooms and amenities. We want you to relax and let yourself be pampered!
Take a look at our splendid Nantucket Room. This spacious room is our most private accommodation and offers a unique experience for you and your significant other. You’ll love the pastel blues and sand colors, the elegant wooden details, and, plush queen bed. Drink a glass of wine in your sitting area, curl up with a good book, and enjoy a warm, aromatic bath before bed! When you wake up in the morning, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to explore Cape Cod even more. Before you do, make sure you try our delicious, complimentary breakfast. It’s so good, you’ll wish it were morning all day long!