It’s easy to see why any baseball historian would cherish a day at Fenway Park. Opened in April 1912, it’s the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, rich in iconic features from the Green Monster in left field to Pesky’s Pole in right.
If you’ve never visited before, or it’s been awhile, check out our Fenway Park stadium guide to make the most of your time in Boston this season.
Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to have tickets before heading to the field. The Red Sox ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the season on non-game days. On game days, the office opens at 10 a.m. The phone number is 877-REDSOX-9.
Green Monster seats provide unique views from atop the left field wall. Keep an eye on the park’s website for availability.
If you don’t have tickets in advance, a limited number of game day tickets might be available. These tickets are sold at Gate E 90 minutes before the game, but fans can get in line as early as five hours ahead of time. Those who purchase game day tickets must enter the park immediately.
Getting around Boston can be challenging, so you’ll definitely want to give yourself extra time to get to the ballpark. Don’t worry about being too early; there’s plenty to do, as we’ve outlined below.
Brave souls who decide on driving to the stadium need to keep an eye out for one of several garages and lots in the area. You might find somewhere for less than $30, though you should expect the majority of options to be pricier. Advance online parking purchases are certainly worth looking into.
Riding the T – Boston’s subway system – is one of the most popular and least expensive transportation options. The Green Line’s Kenmore Square and Fenway Park stations are just a short walk from the stadium. If you’re coming from outside the city, the MBTA’s commuter rails are a good bet. See the MBTA’s website for details.
Of course, if you’re looking to travel in style, you can always consider a Red Sox limousine package.
Fenway Park concessions & food
You will not go hungry inside Fenway Park. After you have an obligatory Fenway Frank, everything from Italian sausage sandwiches to popcorn to Cracker Jack is just a quick between-inning stroll away. You can even get in the local spirit with options like lobster rolls and New England clam chowder. Check out our list of must-try baseball stadium foods in the Northeast for more.
Things are just as tasty outside the stadium, too. Restaurants and bars abound in the blocks around Fenway Park, offering plenty of opportunity to put down some seriously delicious grub. Here are a few options:
Cask’n Flagon: Cask’n Flagon is probably the area’s most well-known restaurant and bar. Located across the street from the stadium, it’s an incredibly popular spot before and during games, with fans often joining in raucous celebrations that echo into the street. You’ll find pizza, barbecue, steaks, sandwiches, pasta and burgers on the menu.
Island Creek Oyster Bar: A short walk to Commonwealth Avenue is well worth it if you’re dying for some seafood. Oysters are the obvious must-try. Expect them to be local and expect to have several options from which to choose.
Boston Beer Works: Amid the heart of game day festivities, Boston Beer Works on Brookline Avenue keeps it simple and scrumptious. Wings, french fries, steak tips, ribs and burgers are among the fare offered. There’s a children’s menu for youngsters, while mom and dad might prefer to try one of the restaurant’s craft-style beers like Blue (with Maine blueberries) and a dark and creamy Nitro Milk Stout.
House of Blues: The House of Blues is one of the best places in Boston to catch live music, be it pop, rock, metal, hip-hop, or, well, blues. It’s a great place to eat as well. It’s open 4 to 10 p.m. on show nights, and two hours before Red Sox games.
Before & after the game
As if a day at the ballpark wasn’t awesome enough, a trip to Fenway Park can easily be combined with other activities to make for an unforgettable experience.
You’ll definitely want to take a Fenway Park tour. The 60-minute guided tours are available year-round. On game days, tours are available three hours before games. These trips include a stop on the field’s warning track and a visit to the top of the Green Monster. Tickets are sold at the team box office or by calling 617-226-6666.
Folks with a bit less time can opt to take the Fenway in Fifteen tour, which features a trip to the right field roof deck. It’s available game days and weekends, May through September, from noon to 3 p.m.
If you’re visiting more than three hours before or after a Red Sox game, swing by the Yawkee Way Store to pick up some Red Sox merchandise, including apparel. Show your AAA card for 10 percent off.
Yawkee Way itself is worth some time on game days. It’s open only to ticket-holders (another reason to buy in advance) and pre-game festivities can include live music, a stilt walker and a juggler, among others fun happenings.
And, don’t leave town without snapping a selfie at the Teammates statue near Gate B at the corner of Ipswich and Van Ness streets. It depicts former players Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Ted Williams.
Of course, like most major metropolitan areas, baseball isn’t the only thing going on in Boston. If you’ve tagged along to a game to humor a significant other, or simply to check an item off your travel bucket list, Beantown is loaded with other attractions.
Two of the closest to Fenway Park illustrate the city’s diversity. Lucky Strike Lanes, on the third floor of Jillian’s Boston, offers bowling and billiards in a surprisingly stylish setting. The fun is 18-plus after 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 21-plus after 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
For a complete change of pace, the world-class Museum of Fine Arts is about a 15-minute walk from the stadium. It’s the fourth-largest museum in the U.S., with 500,000 works spanning the globe and thousands of years of history. It’s open seven days a week and closed on major holidays.
For an even better experience, download the MLB.com At the Ballpark app before your visit. This official MLB ballpark mobile app is an essential companion when visiting your favorite Major League Baseball ballparks. It complements and personalizes the trip with mobile check-in, social media, offers, rewards and exclusive content. Select MLB ballparks allow you to experience upgrade components and also offer mobile food ordering.
And if you need a hotel, find great rates with AAA on nearby lodging.
For helpful tips and recommendations on things to see, do and eat in and around all three Northeast Major League Baseball stadiums, be sure to check out our full Northeast Baseball Guide at AAA.com/Baseball.