Boston/Fenway-Kenmore

Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox

Fenway-Kenmore - Home of The Fens, The Fenway, Fenway Park, the Citgo Sign, and Kenmore Square, as well as several colleges and fine arts institutions.

"Fenway" takes its name from the fens, or the marshes along the nearby Muddy River; "Kenmore" might be considered to surround Kenmore Square. To the southwest lies the Longwood Medical Area and Brookline; to the southeast, the South End; to the north, the Charles River; to the northeast, the Back Bay, the Prudential, and Copley Square.

Get in

When the Red Sox are playing at Fenway Park, getting into the area is extremely difficult. While the MBTA does run extra service, expect Green Line cars to be filled to capacity, and be prepared to wait for several trains before you're able to board. However, it's still the best way of getting to a Red Sox game, since parking is very limited and you get to experience the excitement of a crowded train car full of fans heading to the game. Parking garages fill up quickly, and rates are exorbitant: during playoff games, some parking lots have been known to charge up to $100 for parking. Even during a normal game, $25–30 is common for any spot within reasonable distance.

By subway

The B, C, and D branches of the Green Line stop at Kenmore, and the D branch continues on to Fenway. Despite the name, the closest station to Fenway Park is Kenmore, not Fenway. Visitors arriving via the T (subway) will need to walk a short distance from the station to the ballpark, but the crowds on a game day will serve to lead the way. The E branch stops at Symphony, Northeastern, Museum of Fine Arts, and Longwood Medical Area stations. The Longwood Medical Area station is separate from the Longwood station on the D branch of the Green Line: the two stations are neither related nor interconnected.

The Orange Line stops at Ruggles station. This station is several long blocks away from Fenway Park. If you're going to a Red Sox game and want to avoid the crowds on the Green Line, however, it may be worthwhile to take the T to Ruggles and transfer to the 8 or 19 bus routes to get to the ballpark.

By bus

MBTA bus routes 8, 19, 55, 57, 60, and 65 all stop in the area.

By car

From Storrow Drive, take the Kenmore Square/Fenway exit, and follow the signs for your destination. Those going to Fenway Park should take the Kenmore Square exit. There are a number of parking garages in the area, particularly around Fenway Park.

See

Do

Fenway Park

Yawkey Way

  Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way (T: Kenmore or Fenway),  +1 617 226-6000.

Watch the Boston Red Sox play at Fenway Park, the oldest Major League Baseball stadium still in use. Built in 1912 and one of only two classic ballparks remaining (Wrigley Field, Chicago), this red brick and green steel structure is one of the best places in the world to take in a baseball game. As one of the smallest ballparks in the major leagues by seating capacity (only Marlins Park and Oakland County Coliseum are smaller) and given Boston's loyal fan base (the "Red Sox Nation"), seeing a game here is intimate, exciting and a part of living history. Few baseball teams can claim to represent their city to the extent of the Red Sox, and their ballpark is nothing short of a baseball landmark.

Numerous renovations and additions over the years have resulted in many iconic features in the park, the most notable being the Green Monster, a massive left field wall which poses a formidable challenge for left-handed hitters and has inspired many imitations in other ballparks. The Green Monster also holds the last remaining manually-operated scoreboard in professional baseball. Other features include a lone red seat in the outfield stands, which marks the longest home run ever hit at Fenway (Hall of Famer Ted Williams). Additionally, both foul poles at Fenway have names attached to them: The Pesky Pole in right field, named after former Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky, and The Fisk Pole in left field, named after former Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk. The retired numbers of the Red Sox hang above the right field grandstand.

Yawkey Way is closed off during games and has become an outdoor extension of the park. Enjoy the additional refreshment stands and open area, and then return to the game; but once you exit the Yawkey gates there is no re-admittance.

Theoretically, single game tickets can be purchased directly from the Red Sox at face value. In practice a very small number of seats are made available this way, and only at select games due to comparatively high number of season ticket holders (and there's currently a ten year waiting list!). Despite a restriction that fans may only purchase four tickets to one game per year, single game tickets usually sell out for the entire season within hours of going on sale. If you'd like to catch a game, and didn't snag a ticket online right when they became available, you do have a few options:

  • Get in line as early as possible! Tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis and if you're not in the first 50 people or so any remaining seats will likely be gone by time you get to the window.
  • Most availability are scattered single seats, consequently it is very possible that members of a group will be seated in entirely different sections of the stadium - unless you opt for standing room.
  • You may only purchase one ticket and you must enter the stadium immediately after purchase.
  • Saving a place in line for family or friends is not allowed - only you can hold your spot in the queue.
  • Game Day Window tickets are not available when the Red Sox play the New York Yankees.

As a last resort, you can take a worthwhile behind the scenes Fenway Park tour on non-game days or early on game days (leaves from the souvenir store on Yawkey Way) - actually, this is a must for any Red Sox fan even if you do manage to get game tickets!

Buy

The official Red Sox souvenir shop is on Landsdowne Street, located behind the Green Monster of Fenway Park. There are also many vendors along Yawkey Way, on the other side of the ballpark. Souvenir stands also exist inside Fenway Park, much like the stores outside. Obviously the selection is a bit smaller, but the prices remain the same: high. A hat runs about $30, as does a T-shirt. Other more expensive items, such as game jerseys and sweatshirts, are also sold. Lots of other novelty items exist as well, ranging from pennants to baseball cards to bobble heads.

Eat

Note that refreshments in Fenway Park are pricey. Fenway Park’s hot-dogs, known as “Fenway Franks”, are about $3. Italian sausages will run you around $7. Like any other ballpark, Fenway sells peanuts, Cracker Jacks, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, etc. The costs on these items vary, but plan on paying around $4 for most.

Massachusetts Avenue passes by on the northeast side of this area, and has a number of eateries, a hardware store, and a CVS.

Splurge

Drink

Note that refreshments in Fenway Park are pricey. The average beer costs around $8 per cup, while sodas are usually around $5.

Sleep

Stay safe

Red Sox fans have a reputation as rowdy and boisterous (and often aggressive), but this often overstated. Fans of opposing teams will find their Bostonian counterparts to be mostly good-spirited. However, fans of rival team the New York Yankees are likely to hear chants of “Yankees Suck” after a game between the two, and as in all situations, alcohol can be an aggravating factor. Avoiding unnecessary confrontations with particularly aggressive Boston fans is well-advised.

Fenway Park is a major tourist destination in Boston, so the surrounding area is mostly well policed and marked. However, like other cities, some general rules still apply. At night, walking with a companion or group is preferable. Boston's more dangerous neighborhoods (Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan) contain no tourist attractions, and are sufficient distance from the park that you won't have to worry about crossing over into them. Similar to other destinations which attract large amounts of people, petty theft can become an issue around Fenway - being aware of your surroundings will help to reduce the chance that an opportunistic thief will “relieve you” of your property. The crime rate in Boston is lower than most comparably sized cities, although still higher than in the surrounding suburbs.

Go next

After a Red Sox game, the streets surrounding Fenway become mobbed with people heading in various directions. If you don’t want to deal with a crowded subway, you may want to walk from Fenway to Park Street or Downtown Crossing, hubs where the Red and Green lines meet. At Downtown Crossing, additionally, the Orange Line is in play, increasing your post-game options.

Another common form of leaving Fenway is by hitching a cab, or by taking a “pedi-cab”, the bicycle riders with a sort of chariot attached to the back. These riders operate on tip only; depending on how far they are taking you, it is usually a good idea to toss them $20–25.

Routes through Fenway-Kenmore

Splits into "B", "C", and "D" Branches (see below)  W  E  Back Bay Downtown
Allston-Brighton Brookline  W  E  Merges with main Green Line
Newton Brookline  W  E  Merges with main Green Line
END Jamaica Plain  SW  NE  Back Bay Merges with main Green Line


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