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, our Fenway Park stadium guide will help you 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. Tickets are available online or at the stadium’s box office (open on game days two hours prior to game time until two hours after). You can also take advantage of special AAA member discounts on MLB games with AAA Tickets.
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Green Monster seats provide unique views from atop the famous 37-foot tall left field wall. Keep an eye on the park’s website for availability. You can also call 877-REDSOX-9.
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 to Fenway Park
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 ways to get to Fenway. 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.
If you’re looking to travel in style, you can always consider a Red Sox limousine package.
Fenway Park Concessions and 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.
Things are just as tasty outside the stadium, too. Restaurants and bars abound in the blocks around Fenway Park, offering plenty of opportunities to put down some seriously delicious grub. 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. 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 also a great place to eat. The restaurant and bar opens at 4 p.m. on show nights, two hours before day games and three hours before night games.
Things to Do Before and 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.
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.
If you’re visiting more than three hours before or after a Red Sox game, spend some time on Jersey Street. 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 other fun happenings. Here you can also swing by the official team store to pick up some Red Sox merchandise and apparel.
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 21-plus after 8 p.m.
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.
Download the MLB Ballpark app before your visit. It’s an essential companion when visiting your favorite Major League Baseball ballparks. It perfectly 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.
What are your favorite things to do in and around Fenway Park? Tell us in the comments.