If you’re here for the history, you’ll be tripping over it the second you step outside the Ames. Within a few minutes’ walk from the front door you’ll find yourself following the Freedom Trail, helpfully marked with a bold red line along the sidewalks. Stops include Faneuil Hall and the Old State House, a place where John Adams said, “freedom was born.” And while the JFK Presidential Library and Museum has a series of special events commemorating his 100th birthday this year, it’s also worth a visit next door to the EMK Institute for the United States Senate named for his brother, lifelong senator Ted Kennedy. Another notable local, Isabella Stewart Gardner, ventured farther afield, canvasing the globe and collecting art. Her finds, including some Italian masterpieces, are now on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, complete with a lavish garden.