Monday, June 17, 2013

JFK Museum and Fenway Tour (Staycation Day 3)

Welcome back to my staycation recaps! Make sure you read about Day 1 and Day 2 as well.

On this day Rachel and I had planned to go to Newport.  But seeing that we were up until 3 AM the night before and the forecast for rain we changed our plans.  We slept in and then went to the JFK Presidential Library and Museum since it was inside and the weather was suppose to clear by the afternoon.

The museum is very interesting and has a lot of memorabilia from when JFK was in office.  You do a self-guided tour and basically just walk through and read or watch short videos. 

I honestly didn't know much about our 35th President so it was really interesting to learn more about his time in office.   At the age of 43 he was the youngest man to ever be elected president.  He was also the first Catholic elected.  He is also responsible for creating the Peace Corps!

Some of Jackie's clothes are there too.  She has always been know as a fashion icon and this dress is gorgeous!  Did you know Jackie was only 31 years old when JFK took office?  Also she gave birth to John Jr just weeks later.  I can't even imagine being the first lady at all let alone at such a young age!  Crazy!

Outside of the museum you can view one of JFK's boats.  Oh and it was perfect timing for the sun to come out!  All the rain had cleared away and it was shaping up to be a beautiful day!

We one more quick stop right across the parking lot at the Commonwealth Museum.  This is a free museum about Massachusetts history and holds several original documents including the Constitution from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1780.  It is authored by John Adams and still is the oldest written constitution still functioning as a foundation for government. 

We were all "museumed" out (yes I just made up a word - who cares!) and so hungry.  We were able to grab a quick lunch at Pizzeria Regina known for Boston's best pizza since 1926.  I figured we would keep going w/ the history lesson and even eat someplace w/ historical value! Ha!

Our last stop for the day was at Fenway Park.  You can't come to Boston without taking a tour of the oldest ballpark!  There is just as much to look at outside of the park as there is inside! So if you ever visit make sure you walk around the entire perimeter or the park!

Since 1912 the Red Sox have won 7 World Series with 5 of those coming in the first 15 years of the team's existence.  Then then took a little break from winning to give some other teams a chance to win. . . yeah something like that!  Finally in 2004 the curse of the bambino was over and the Red Sox won!  Then again in 2007 just to keep the fun times going.  We're hoping for another World Series title to add to the list. . .  maybe this year?!

Fenway is a beautiful ballpark with so much charm that you don't see in the little parks being built.  But the trade off is that it is small and very little leg room!  The views from wherever you sit are great because you really are pretty close no matter what!

On the tour you get to go to pretty much every area of the ballpark (except the locker rooms).  It is fun to see what it is like to sit in each section of the park since I pretty much always sit in the bleachers (the green seats in the outfield).

Like I mentioned the leg room is tight especially in the famous blue wooden seats.  Fenway is the only ballpark to still have wooden seats so I guess that is why they keep them.  That and the fact is that if they put in new "normal" sized seats they would lose a lot of seats which means a lot of money!  So if you ever visit Fenway for a game don't sit in the grandstands if you have long legs!

Oh and I bet you are wondering what the red seat in the mix of all the green seats is?!  That is where Ted Williams hit the longest home run ever in Fenway - 506 feet to be exact.  He was known for hitting home runs to the bleachers and to commemorate him this seat was painted red!

Fenway has also hosted many great live concerts.  I had the opportunity to see Dave Matthews Band there a few years back.  This summer Jason Aldean, Justin Timberlake and Paul McCarthy are all coming (separately of course).

The tour ends in a room that is used for events.  The room has memorabilia and historical facts painted on the walls.  I had been in this room before for Christmas at Fenway.  Oh and this is when they show you the picture they took of you at the start of the tour.  It is all printed and in a fancy little cardboard holder.  They try to get you to pay $35 bucks for it.  WHAT?!  Crazy!  If they already printed it why not sell it for a cheaper price and maybe people would actually buy them!!??

Anyways tangent.  Sorry.

We had a great time on the tour.  I highly recommend it if you ever come to Boston!

After the tour we went home and pretty much crashed.  We were exhausted from the busy days of sightseeing.  We went to bed early so we could squeeze in a visit to Newport the next day before going to the Red Sox vs Rangers game.  Stay tune for my final recap!!!


  1. I went to a game at Fenway a few years back, and we sat with the players' families. It was awesome. I love storied ball parks.

    I'm also a huge JFK fan, but not so much a museum fan. I think I would like that one though.

  2. I was so disappointed that I didn't get to go to the JFK museum when I was in Boston! Next time, I'll definitely have to go. I did, however, love our Fenway Park tour. It was super awesome, but those seats are TINY and not too kind to the tushy! Lol

  3. I think I am really glad the last time I was at Wrigley I was 10. I forgot how FRIENDLY the confines really are....Fenway reminded me. I am not going to complain about leg room at Rangers Ballpark anymore....ever.
    I really want to visit Boston now. I love JFK. I did my 1st book report on him in 6th grade and he is my favorite. You ladies fit a ton into a few days. Wow!

  4. So interesting once again! I love this little Boston tour I'm taking with you :) Fenway is one of my most favorite places on this earth. Completely sacred ground and to this day I still get a chill with the first glimpse of the field when I'm heading to my seats. Love!

  5. Sounds like so much fun! I love history so these places would be so much fun to go to! :-)

  6. Out of all the times I've been to Boston I've NEVER been to Fenway (or a game for that matter) or the JFK library! I am demanding we go next time! Looks awesome!

  7. I have the same JFK quote magnet. It is my all time favorite quote :)
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  9. These recaps have been awesome bc it makes me feel like I saw everything I should have when I visited. The only thing we didn't do is a tour of Fenway (only bc I twisted my ankle and couldn't walk). But we went to a game at least. I was seriously considering going to UMASS so we visited the Library after touring the campus.

    Man! I still want to live there lol.

  10. I love that you are doing all the touristy things in your hometown. Steve and I absolutely loved Boston when we went, but we didn't do the JFK museum. Wish we had!

    Hope you're feeling good!

  11. I can't wait to get to do some touristy things on my vacation! Looks like you had an awesome time :)