Fenway Park, “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark,” is located in The Fenway neighborhood of Boston. The ballpark is the oldest remaining in the country. Take away the game, and the sights and sounds are still enough to keep visitors entertained. Here is what you need to know before going to this historic site.
Best place to take a selfie– Pics or it didn’t happen right? Fenway offers a variety of great places to take pictures, but multiple staff members have agreed that there is one spot in particular that takes the cake. On the top level, also known as the State Street Pavilion, guests can get a shot of the whole field and the monster. However, make your way to the third base side of the Pavilion level and you will not only get a great picture of the field, but also the Boston city skyline.
Food at the Stadium- The top choice at Fenway is still the Fenway Frank. However, the food selections at the park have expanded over the last 100 years. During games, gluten-friendly and vegan options are available. Where Fenway takes it home is with their sweets. Hood is the official ice cream of the Boston Red Sox, and on a hot summer day, fans of all ages can be seen with their chocolate, vanilla or swirled ice cream. To make things even sweeter, Fenway has what is called a fried dough sundae. Just as it sounds, this is fried dough (very New England) with a dollop of Hood ice cream on top. It is enough to make any sweet tooth go nuts!
Update: New fan favorites for 2017 are the lobster roll and the lobster poutine.
Getting to the Field- There are quite a few parking options around the field, if driving is your first preference. However, Boston is so connected by the subway system, that I highly recommend public transportation. A round trip ticket via the subway- or as Bostonians call it, the T- is under $4. The park is located on the green line. Although there is a stop called Fenway, the closest and more convenient stop is Kenmore. This stop is accessible by all but the E train.
First Timers- For some, visiting Fenway is like visiting a Disney park for the very first time. People of all ages are bursting with excitement as they walk through those historic gates. The staff members at Fenway want you to remember your first day at the park. Stop by Fan Services at gates B, D, or E for your first timers pin. In addition, you might also receive a few extra Red Sox goodies. A fan favorite is Fenway dirt.
Best Place to Sit- Simply speaking, there is just no other seat like the Green Monster. Why? Because again, simply speaking, there is nothing like it in all of Major League Baseball. Tickets can be on the upper end of the price scale, so if they are not in your budget check out these suggestions.
- For a view with absolutely no obstructions, sit in the loge box, right field box or bleacher seats. All have great views of the field.
- If you are traveling with a family and would like to avoid alcohol, purchase seats in Grandstand 32 and 33. No alcohol is permitted in these sections.
- Again, a beautiful overall view of the park is anywhere on the State Street Pavilion level.
Best Place to Find the Mascot- Where’s Wally? Wally and his sister Tessie are busy little monsters. Your best bet of finding Wally and Tessie is in Wally’s Clubhouse, located on the Kids Concourse. The clubhouse is typically open from the 3rd through the 7th inning. However, the two monsters will only likely to be there in the 3rd and/or 4th inning. The duo are also known to walk around Jersey Street before the game starts.
You should know– Fenway is a living museum! With over 100 years of history, this park has a lot to show off. If you are coming to a game, get there early enough to walk around and take in all it has to offer. However, to get the most out of Fenway, take the tour! This will give you access to several places most fans are unable to visit. With something new to see around every corner, you will not regret it!