A City of Firsts

Bordering Boston, Cambridge and Newton, Brookline plays an essential role in Massachusetts’ history. Here, the first public transportation system, known as the T, was launched. Riders can still take the Green Line along the original part of the Boston Elevated Railway system.

Brookline is the birthplace of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. Now a historic landmark, Kennedy’s childhood home is open to visitors May through September. Golf fans will know The Country Club, the first private club in the United States for outdoor activity. One of the United States Golf Association’s five charter members, the club has hosted three US Open tournaments and a Ryder Cup match.

Just over the bridge from Cambridge is the Allston/Brighton neighborhood. Watch the NHL’s Boston Bruins in a summertime open practice, and check out the neighborhood’s vibrant array of unique restaurants and bars. Hear local bands and up-and-coming touring acts at the Paradise Rock Club, an intimate spot for live music.