Welcome to The Fenway
Getting Here and Around
The Green Line is the way to go when it comes to getting to the Fenway; get off at the Kenmore or Fenway stop for a short walk to the ballpark. Also know that it is possible to drive around this part of town. With a little hunting, on-street parking can usually be found on nongame days; if not, many lots and garages are within reasonable walking distance of Fenway Park.
Timing and Safety
Although this area can be walked through in a couple of hours, art lovers could spend a week here, thanks to the glories of the MFA and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (If you want to do a museum blowout, avoid Tuesday, when the Gardner is closed.) To cap off a day of culture, plan for dinner in the area and then a concert at nearby Symphony Hall. Another option, if you're visiting between spring and early fall, is to take a tour of Fenway Park—or better yet, catch a game.
The Fenway and Kenmore Square area is generally safe, and is home to thousands of college students attending Boston University, Wheelock, Simmons, and Emmanuel, to name only a few of the nearby institutions. While the main strips—Beacon Street, Commonwealth Avenue, and Brookline Avenue—can be choked with pedestrians during game day, the marshy area of the Fens is quiet and poorly lighted: avoid walking there alone at night.
Nothing beats a dog and a beer at Fenway when you're enjoying the game on a warm summer's night. But even if you don't have a ticket, you can enjoy the same vibe at Bleacher Bar (82A Landsdowne St.), a hidden-away bar in Fenway Park with a view into center field, and enough historical Red Sox memorabilia to open its own museum.
Top Reasons to Go
- Root for the home team (the only team in the eyes of Red Sox Nation) at Fenway Park.
- Immerse yourself in masterpieces at the MFA and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
- Relish the perfect acoustics of a concert at Symphony Hall.
If you plan on catching a game at Fenway in the spring, bring warm clothes or a blanket. It can get chilly in Boston, especially if you're sitting up in the stands. April lows are in the 40s and in May it can still get down to 50.
Fenway Park Tours
If you can't see the Sox, you can still see the Green Monster up close by going on a tour of the park. The one-hour Fenway walking tours run year-round, and if you go on the day’s last tour on a home-game day, you can watch batting practice. Tours run hourly from 9 am to 5 pm (or four hours before game time) and cost $20. Check the site for info on premium tours. 617/226–6666 boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp.
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