Fenway Park With Kids – Three Things To Know

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Fenway Park With Kids – Three Things To Know

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Visiting Fenway Park with kids is light years better today than it once was before the congestion reduction, but it’s still a challenge. So Ballpark E-Guides, looking out for every demographic, has three tips for parents:

 

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Hey honey, we’re part of the club!

Fenway Park With Kids, Tip #1) Get a FREE Ticket From Kid Nation. Yes, unbelievable as it may seem, the Red Sox offer a free ticket with membership in the free edition of Red Sox Kid Nation. The paid membership is even better…it includes a backpack, a jersey and chances to get other stuff. Well worth the price.

You still have to buy a ticket for you of course, but a free ticket to the most expensive ballpark in baseball is a nice thing.

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Get them good and tired so that they sit still for the game.

Fenway Park With Kids, Tip #2) Outdoor and Indoor Play Areas. Yawkey Way now features those bouncy houses and face painting and such, and the Sox have added an indoor play area called “Wally’s Clubhouse” to the Big Concourse in right field. Virtual reality batting cages, visits with the mascot – it’s the place to be for young ones, and there’s plenty of dogs and ice cream stands in the Big Concourse. Wally’s is open to kids starting in the 3rd inning for some reason.

 

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“Great selfie honey. Where are the kids?”

Fenway Park With Kids, Tip #3) Calling All Kids Month. In June, the Red Sox arrange lots of activities for kids; they can take photos with ballplayers, or even help the grounds crew and save the Red Sox some costs. There are even kid’s crew Red Sox employees outside of the ballpark to greet the little ones. Pay attention to the team e-mail newsletter for good stuff.

As I’ve said, Fenway is greatly improved for bringing the kids, but it can still get cramped and crowded in the concourses especially. Be sure to keep an eye on the little one especially in the concourse areas.

And when you need to know more about making a day at Fenway affordable for the family, check out this handy little guide.

 

More About Fenway Park:

Visiting Fenway Park – Five Tips For Newbies

Three Fenway Park Seating Tips

The Fenway Frank – As Baseball As Life Gets

 

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Fenway Park Food – Get Your Lobster Heah.

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With the Fenway Park food menu expanding, one would think people would start to eschew the ubiquitous Fenway Frank. Fortunately that isn’t happening, but if you’re looking for some Massachusetts lobster with your baseball, you have several great choices at the ballpark in Boston…

 

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I like Red Sox baseball more just looking at this.

Fenway Park Food, Lobster Bit #1) The Lobster Roll. The great thing about the Fenway lobster roll is that it’s served on the same white bread bun as the Fenway Frank – and it’s lightly toasted since you’re paying a few extra bucks. The lobster roll includes lettuce, tomato chunks, and a creamy sauce. You can find it easily at the Fish Shack on Yawkey Way, but it’s available in the concourses too.

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Fenway Park Food, Lobster Bit #2) The Lobster Melt. This has been added in the recent “ballparks need more grilled cheese” craze…it’s a grilled cheese sandwich with steamed lobster, muenster cheese and a slice of tomato. It’s “Yankee” lobster, for some head-shaking reason.

 

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I would climb a mountain of these things just to put that flag in.

Fenway Park Food, Lobster Bit #3) The Lobster Poutine Stak. This amazeballs creation found in the Big Concourse was ranked #8 in For The Win’s craziest ballpark snacks of 2017. But if loving steak fries covered with lobster bisque, cheese curds, lobster meat and chives is crazy, then I don’t want to be normal.

There’s three Fenway Park food choices for seafood lovers; but don’t miss out on your other choices of food at Fenway, including the outside vendors, Tasty Burgers, Regina’s pizza and so much more. Find the perfect ballpark grub for your next trip to Fenway with this handy and inexpensive guide.

Lobster Melt and Lobster Poutine Stak photos courtesy of Aramark.

 

More About Fenway Park:

Visiting Fenway Park – Five Tips For Newbies

The Fenway Frank – As Baseball As Baseball Gets

Can You Bring Food Into Fenway Park?

 

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Can You Bring Food Into Fenway Park?

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Can you bring food into Fenway Park? The short answer is yes, you can. The Red Sox allow you to bring in a 16*16*8 soft-sided bag, so long as it doesn’t contain alcohol or potential projectiles.

But now that you know that you can bring food into Fenway Park, the new question is what to bring in…and Ballpark E-Guides, always willing to take the extra base, has a few suggestions:

 

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That is more than enough Inner Beauty.

The Sausage Connection. Of all of the vendors selling sausages on Lansdowne Street before the game, the Sausage Connection is my personal favorite. Not only are the prices for sausages and chicken teriyaki sandwiches better than inside the ballpark, they offer that “Inner Beauty” hot sauce, a thick mustard-style sauce that will blow out the back of your brain (go easy with it at first, seriously).

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Bigger than the roll, and foil included. Check.

The Sausage Guy. David Littlefield sells hefty and reasonably priced (for Fenway) sweet Italian sausages, and he loads them up with a nice amount of peppers and onions. Good and messy as it should be. And he’s open well into the evening, just in case you’re hungry after the game and have a few bucks left.

 

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You need only dodge traffic to get there.

Tasty Burger. The chain of burger and beer joints serves up burgers inside of Fenway, but there’s a location on the corner of Yawkey Way and Boylston Street, just a block from the ballpark (it’s close enough that they can charge $50 to park there). The restaurant itself is cheaper…and the selection of burgers is much, much better.

That’s just three great choices if you want to bring food into Fenway Park and save a few bucks. If you want the full lowdown on not just the great sausage vendors, but also what you can get inside Fenway Park, order yourself one of these today!

 

More About Fenway Park:

The Fenway Frank – As Baseball As Life Gets

How To Get Cheap(er) Red Sox Tickets

Visiting Fenway Park – Five Tips For Newbies

 

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Visiting Fenway Park – Five Tips For Newbies

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If you’re visiting Fenway Park for the first time, there are definitely some things you should know about arguably America’s most treasured baseball venue. Fenway Park is a wonderful experience when done right, but it is definitely not for amateurs.

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It works on Game Nights, too.

Visiting Fenway Park, Tip #1: Choose the right tickets outlet. For high demand games like the Yankees or July weekends, it’s probably best to plan ahead and get them through the Red Sox website if you can. The secondary markup will almost always be higher. For weekday or April games you can try SeatGeek or Red Sox Replay, and there are always the Game Day tickets line and scalp-free zone. Red Sox tickets are such a hot commodity that there are multiple outlets to get them, just try to pay face price for high demand games (which are most of them).

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An intimate setting where every fan is your close friend!

Visiting Fenway Park, Tip #2: The Grandstand is a great deal. That is, so long as you don’t mind a small seat and you know how to avoid those blasted obstructed views. There are some simple rules to follow that will…most of the time…ensure that you have a view of the field that isn’t annoyingly obstructed, but you can also use the excellent Precise Seating website to make sure the seat you’re about to get is okay. Grandstand seats are among the cheapest in Fenway and have much better views than the bleachers. Plus they’re in the shade, which the bleachers are not.

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No, not the L. The T.

Visiting Fenway Park, Tip #3: Take the T or the Commuter Rail. You can drive to Fenway and even park inexpensively for an easy out provided you’re willing to park about a mile away from the ballpark. There are also actually some free spots close to the ballpark, but you are also going to be in that famous post-game traffic which also isn’t fun. The MBTA Green line “T” drops riders off at Kenmore Station a short walk to the ballpark, and you’ll pass Ace Tickets and “brokers” hawking tickets along the way. Similarly the Commuter Rail Yawkey Station is just 500 feet from the ballpark. It’s almost always easier and cheaper to use the MBTA.

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Try this and you will know what Inner Beauty really is.

Visiting Fenway Park, Tip #4: Try the Sausage Connection. There are less-expensive-than-inside sausage vendors around the entire outside of the ballpark, but they are most prominent on Lansdowne Street. They’re all good, but they all offer different types of hot sauces, and the Sausage Connection offers a mustard style sauce called “Inner Beauty”. Go easy with it, it’s hot…but it’s also great if you’re into that. They have steak tips and chicken teriyaki sandwiches there as well. The Fenway Frank is also a classic, but try to do both.

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This number is called “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”

Visiting Fenway Park, Tip #5: Make a day of this. The pre- and post-game atmosphere at Fenway Park is like no other in baseball. The crowds gather on Yawkey Way long before the game for live music, El Tiante Cuban sandwiches and Big League Brian on his stilts; and there are numerous restaurants and taverns to celebrate a Red Sox victory. Cask-N-Flagon is the classic, but Boston Beer Works, Game On! (Ping pong tables!), and Jillian’s are very popular too. Pick from a watering hole in the Kenmore Square area…there is something for everyone…and spend some time after the game letting the “T” crowds thin out.

Stepping into Fenway is like stepping back in time…back when seats were wooden, ballparks had support poles, and everyone took a train to see Babe Ruth pitch. If you’re visiting Fenway Park for the first time, start making plans now…it’s a once-in-a-lifetime baseball experience for fans, but you need to know what you’re doing. This will help big time.

More About Fenway Park:

How To Get Cheap(er) Red Sox Tickets

Can You Bring Food Into Fenway Park?

Get To Fenway Like A Local – Use The T

 

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Cheap Red Sox Tickets Tips (OK, Cheap-er)

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Cheap Red Sox tickets? Really? Well, no. But you can save some money.

“Like Heaven, Fenway Park is very difficult to get into. This is, of course, as it should be.” – George V. Higgins, The Ultimate Baseball Book

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And home of the highest ticket prices of any team in 2014…

One thing that I discovered while researching the Fenway Park E-Guide was that Red Sox tickets are tough to get. And cheap Red Sox tickets are even tougher. It’s easier than it used to be in the days before the Internet and StubHub, but finding a decent seat at a livable price is still a challenge.

It helps to know all of your options for getting tickets (and there are many), because you’re much better off when you can compare prices, and some avenues are better than others.

So here are some preferred methods of landing cheap Red Sox tickets (I know, cheaper):

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So…is this where they have game day ticket sales?

Cheap Red Sox Tickets, Tip #1: Game Day Tickets. Like most teams, the Red Sox will make a handful of tickets (and a handful is a lot of tickets) available on game day. These are usually tickets that the visiting team or someone else can’t use—a player may have actually brought along his wife and can’t sit her next to his Boston girlfriend, for example—and so a few hours before the game a line forms at Gate E of folks looking for any extras the Sox have lying around.

This option is pretty well-known among fans. I’ve talked to a few Sox fans about this; it’s generally best for one person going to the game, since you can only buy one per person and must immediately enter the ballpark after buying them.

You can’t hold places in line, although I’ve read that for big games the Red Sox will hand out numbers deli style, to prevent overworked bladders from exploding. The Sox allow the line to start forming five hours before game time, but people do line up sooner than that.

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I can’t guarantee that you’ll get into the park this way, but your chances are pretty good so long as you don’t arrive an hour before a Yankees game. The best part of all? You may just land a great seat at the face price—which is still high, but not as high as it would be on StubHub or from a scalper. And no online fees, which can be significant. Face value with no fees = relatively cheap Red Sox tickets.

 

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You were expecting to buy Brewers tickets here?

Cheap Red Sox Tickets, Tip #2: Red Sox Replay. The Red Sox have followed the Yankees’ lead in disowning StubHub and their markdowns and set up their own ticket resale outlet called “Red Sox Replay“, with floor prices on tickets…and like the Yankees, the Red Sox sold it as “authentic” and “safe”, as if to imply that StubHub and other outlets aren’t. StubHub is as safe as it’s always been.

However, unlike the Yankees, the Red Sox have not yet disallowed printed tickets at Fenway, and they also don’t have near the problem of insanely priced tickets being drastically undercut by third parties. There are much fewer premium seats at Fenway and demand is still very high.

So Red Sox Replay is now a pretty viable option for finding the best deal on Red Sox tickets, especially since their fees are cheaper than StubHub and other outlets. I’m not saying that Replay offers a better deal every time…you should compare with SeatGeek…but it’s another choice among resale outlets.

 

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Nothing like a double secret entrance for real fans.

Cheap Red Sox Tickets, Tip #3: Red Sox Nation. Very often the best deal on premium Red Sox tickets, say for Yankees games or Green Monster seats, will be at face value, but it’s not always easy to get online and wait for something to become available, and in good seasons especially your window of opportunity is small.

Red Sox Nation is a fan club that gives fans chances to get the hard-to-get seats like Monster seats; but there are also opportunities to get tickets that are only available to members. There are several levels of membership, some of which cost a nice chunk of change, but the cheaper ones still might offer you some decent weekend contests at face value prices.

Nation membership also includes discounts on gear or restaurants nearby, so it should pay for itself fairly easily. The Red Sox even offer a Kids’ membership that includes a free ticket (!) and they may have a free ticket-included membership for adults by the time you read this.

If you plan on going to a few Red Sox games in a season and want something resembling cheap Red Sox tickets, have a look at Nation membership. Could be well worth it for you.

More About Fenway Park:

Visiting Fenway Park – Five Tips For Newbies

Three Not So Bad Options For Fenway Park Parking

Can You Bring Food Into Fenway Park?

$360.66.

That’s how much it cost a family of four to see a game at Fenway Park in 2016, according to the MLB Fan Cost Index.

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Three Fenway Park Seating Tips

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There’s a lot to know about every type of Fenway Park seating…from Dugout Box to Standing Room, every seating area in Fenway has its quirks. For example, I’ve dedicated an entire page on this site to avoiding obstructed views in the Grandstand.

So here are a few suggestions…(but for the full Fenway Park seating info, you’ll need one of these.)

 

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Remember, the support poles are your friend.

Fenway Park Seating, Tip #1) Pavilion Box. If you can lay out a few more bucks than it costs for Grandstand or Bleachers seats, Pavilion Box seats are a good bet. They’re more spacious than most seats, there’s no problem seeing over anyone, and on the first base side especially you have a beautiful panoramic view of the Green Monster in all its glory and the spectacular visual that is Fenway.

Some people have nothing nice to say about the support poles in the lower level, but this is where they come in handy…they bring the upper level much closer to the field. Most ballparks have club seats at this level, so the view is pretty good.

The only real drawback is the lack of concessions choices; most of the available offerings up here are pretty simple. Best to get your grub on in the Big Concourse or Yawkey Way beforehand.

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It’s Samuel Adams now, so the beer is better too.

Fenway Park Seating, Tip #2) Right Field Box. The Right Field Box seats may cost a little more than the Grandstand or Bleachers, but as far as seat comfort and view, you’re getting more bang for your buck with it.

If you’re sitting in Sections 6-8, or Sections 95-97, you’ll see all of the action of course, and your seat will be a bit more comfortable, without any poles in your way. Not to mention you’ll be able to stare straight ahead at the Green Monster. When my wife consulted my father on what seats to get me at Fenway for my birthday, he considered that a selling point.

The only caveat is that when you get closer to the foul pole, seats are facing straight ahead at center field rather than being angled towards second base or something, so you’ll have to have your head turned for most of the game. This can get a bit annoying, especially when people walk in front of you. But in the sections I listed here, it’s not much of a problem at all.

 

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Red Sox fans like to sing Neil Diamond songs to the opposing right fielder.

Fenway Park Seating Tip, #3) Bleachers Tips. Bleacher seats at Fenway are okay and inexpensive by Fenway standards. In some cases they are a better alternative to Grandstand seats. But you should know a few things.

The most important thing is that there’s zero protection from the sun, so bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, seriously. You’ll be staring almost directly into the sun at sunset and for day games it can be brutal.

There is also at least fifty (yes, fifty) rows in most bleachers sections, and there’s no shortcut to the high rows, so get your grub in the Big Concourse nearby and take care of nature’s call beforehand. If you like having more than one beer, get two at a time and be careful getting back.

Try to get the lowest row if you can, because from Rows 40 and up it can get difficult to follow the action.

There’s three super helpful Fenway Park seating tips; but as I’ve said, there’s something important to know about every seating area at Fenway. Don’t sit in a bad seat for nine innings…choose the best seats at Fenway Park with this guide.

 

More About Fenway Park:

How To Get Cheap(er) Red Sox Tickets

Visiting Fenway Park – Five Tips For Newbies

How To Avoid Obstructed Views at Fenway Park

 

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How to Avoid Obstructed Views at Fenway Park

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If there was a simple answer to how to avoid obstructed views at Fenway Park, there wouldn’t be an entire book written on the subject. But I’ll give it a try.

As beloved as Fenway Park has been in its century of existence, it’s not much fun when one is sitting in a seat with a blocked view because of the many support poles holding up the upper deck.

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Did they really need to put the pole here to tell me which section is which?

I believe it was architect Janet Marie Smith that said about Fenway that “the support poles are your friend”. What she meant was that the support poles make it possible for the upper deck–usually cheaper seats, although that’s not really the case at Fenway–to be closer to the field. But anyone sitting in a seat where a support pole obstructs their view is not likely to be feeling friendly.

The “Grandstand” section of Fenway Park is where the problem is most pronounced. There are seats that are literally directly behind the poles. The Red Sox used to sell them at a discount, but they don’t anymore.

They do stamp certain tickets with an “OV” for obstructed view, but their standard is very high, so avoid an OV ticket even if it means standing room is the alternative, because you’ll probably end up standing somewhere anyway.

I could have written a whole guide on how to avoid obstructed views at Fenway Park (and Tim Shea has already done an excellent job of it), but since most people don’t want to get too involved in finding the perfect seat, here are a few basic tips.

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Ah, here’s the trick…just sit in FRONT of the poles!

The support poles are usually in the first or second row of a Grandstand section, and in most cases they’re at the end of a row–either at Seat 1 or the other end, maybe Seat 16 or Seat 24, depending on the size of the section.

There are also some poles in the back of Grandstand sections, and there are sometimes two or three rows behind them. The same rule applies in most (but not all) cases, Seat 1 or the last seat of a row.

You are most likely to have a problem in Rows 1-4 of a Grandstand section, and this is (usually) in the low-numbered or high-numbered seats. If you have the luxury of seeing the seat number (which you do not on StubHub), you should be okay in most sections with Seats 5-10. Only in the outfield do these general rules get a little wacky…best to just avoid rows 1-4.

As you get into the higher rows in the Section, the pole becomes less of a problem, and by Row 5 or 6 it’s not likely to be too much of an issue. That’s not to say it won’t be at least a little annoying, but it’s better than missing all of third base.

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The obstructed view seat is a perfect place for your bag.

The Grandstand is also covered by the upper level, so the highest rows lose the view of the nice new Jumbotron scoreboards.

This isn’t as bad in Fenway as it in the ballparks with the super-colossal molecular resolution scoreboards; after all you’ve got that hand-operated fellow in left field that tells a Red Sox fan everything they need to know anyway. But if this matters to you, avoid anything higher than about Row 14 or so. There are 17-19 rows in most Grandstand sections.

Sometimes a support pole can be right in front of a seat in the first row, but if it is, the Sox will mark that as OV. So if you can get a first row seat that doesn’t say that, you should have a very good view with no obstructions at all, and for the price that’s a great seat at Fenway.

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At least the pitcher can’t see you heckling him.

One last thing: The support pole can sometimes be in the last row of a Loge Box section, which is usually Row XX. This is more common on the first base side. If you’re sitting next to one of these, it might make for a lot of leaning forward at the very least, and it isn’t likely to be fun. So just to be sure, avoid Row XX in the Loge Box seats.

That’s some basics on how to avoid obstructed views at Fenway Park. You have two options if you really want to get into that; there’s Tim Shea’s excellent guide for Fenway Park, or the Precise Seating website, which has ratings of nearly all of the seats in Fenway Park and is a great resource especially when buying tickets online.

But if you want to keep it simple, just follow these basic rules. In fact, call it the 5-10 rule…meaning that in most cases, rows 5-10 and/or seats 5-10 are generally the best in the Grandstand sections. And stay out of Loge Box Row XX.

Or take a look at other seating and choose the best seats at Fenway Park using this guide.

More About Fenway Park:

How To Get Cheap(er) Red Sox Tickets

Three Not So Bad Options For Fenway Park Parking

Can You Bring Food Into Fenway Park?

 

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Best Way To Get To Fenway Park – Use The “T”

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Most everyone who goes to Red Sox games has two recommendations for the best way to get to Fenway Park: don’t drive, and take the “T”.

Driving to and parking at Fenway Park can be done (especially with the aid of a Fenway Park E-Guide), but it can be a struggle to find affordable parking close to the ballpark, and even if you do, getting out will take some time.

In some places you’re at the mercy of someone who has parked you in, never a good thing. Unless you’re familiar with the area, you’re much better off using the “T”, as Bostonians refer to it.

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Still the best way to get to Fenway Park.

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) operates several subway lines across the city of Boston proper, and they are among the cleaner and more efficient of big city transit systems.

There are four color-coded subway lines; the Red, Blue, and Orange Lines all connect with the Green Line at some point, which in turn takes riders to the Kenmore Station, a short stroll over the Massachusetts Turnpike to Fenway Park.

The Green Line has four separate routes: B, C, D and E, all of which end at different stations. All but E stop at Kenmore and will get to Fenway Park; the E train veers off north of Kenmore but stops at the Prudential Center, which is about a ten block walk to the ballpark.

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Because, see, you CAN’T take the E trolley to Kenmore Station. That’s why you shouldn’t.

The D route also stops at a “Fenway” Station; this is not terribly far from the ballpark but is not the actual Fenway Park station. This may be for the benefit of Yankees fans, to wear them out before the game.

You should take the T for no other reason than to share the whole Fenway experience. On game days the Green Line becomes sardine-packed with Red Sox fans heading to Fenway, and after games trains become similarly crowded.

But this is of no nevermind to Red Sox fans, many of whom were smart enough to stay slim in order to fit into the Grandstand seats. A member of Red Sox Nation has no problem sharing a small space with a fellow member in good standing. This is also a reason for the popularity of local joints near Fenway like Cask-N-Flagon; fans need a place to wait out the post-game train crowds.

If you’re looking for more spacious alternatives, you could use the E route on a nice day if you don’t mind the walk, which would keep you out of the standing room only crowd that only knows to not use the E. Or you could use the Orange Line and get off at the Back Bay Station—this is a few blocks east of the Prudential Center.

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Avoid all those crowds at the Front Bay.

That one’s a hike, but you can get a good look at a beautiful city along the way. There used to be a “Ruggles Shuttle” that took riders from the Ruggles Station on the Orange Line to Fenway, but that is no longer active as of this writing. You can still use a bus from there, but you have to pay for it (or use a “Charlie Card” loaded value pass). Or (surprise!) use the much less crowded Commuter Rail to Yawkey Station, which could possibly be the second best way to get to Fenway Park.

A ride on a T train is $2.25 as of this writing (not counting a Commuter Rail ride); it’s cheaper for seniors and students and free for children 11 and under riding with an adult. So a ride to the park and back is $4.50 a person, plus whatever you may pay for a park-and-ride lot (somewhere around $7).

That’s the other thing that makes the “T” the best way to get to Fenway Park…it’s cheap. Considering that some nearby places charge upwards of $50 for parking and the traffic you will encounter, Boston may be the one baseball city where public transportation is a better option than anywhere else, even more so than Chicago, Washington or New York.

Using your car isn’t the best way to get to Fenway Park. Especially if it’s your first visit, don’t drive unless you have to. Use the T.

But as always, there’s more than one way to get there…learn more with this.

More About Fenway Park:

Visiting Fenway Park – Five Tips For Newbies

How To Get Cheap(er) Red Sox Tickets

Can You Bring Food Into Fenway Park?

 

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Cheap Parking at Fenway Park – Three Spots

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If you’ve ever tried to find cheap parking at Fenway Park, you know what a challenge it can be. On top of that, Boston isn’t the easiest city to drive in (that’s probably an understatement), which is part of the reason most fans use the T to get to Fenway.

Actually, it’s not that Fenway doesn’t have a lot of parking options. It’s just that they’re mostly bad ones. The lots closest to the park get jammed bumper to bumper, with cars stacked on top of one another at times, the prices for most of the closest lots…and even some not so close ones…are through the roof, and the traffic getting out afterwards can be exasperating too.

The Fenway Park E-Guide goes into great detail about many of the available lots, and you can book your parking beforehand with ParkWhiz, but here are three spots that I happen to like a lot. At this price, you’re not going to be actually parking at Fenway Park, at least not exactly across the street, but the walk isn’t too bad, the prices are great and all three garages offer a very easy exit onto I-90:

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Just in case you weren’t sure you had the address right…

Cheap Parking at Fenway Park, Tip #1: The 100 Clarendon Street Garage. The 100 Clarendon garage is the “official” Red Sox parking garage, even though it’s about a mile walk from Fenway. It’s a sizable garage on Clarendon Street (making it aptly named) that usually has plenty of spots.

You can book parking for the 100 Clarendon garage on the Red Sox website, and by Fenway standards the price is fantastic. Just print out your reservation and take it with you and you’ll have a spot in the garage for the whole game.

It’s a fine walk through Boston streets on a nice day, but if the weather isn’t great, you can take a Commuter Rail from the Back Bay Station to Yawkey Station near the ballpark or back. Back Bay Station is literally across the street from this lot’s entrance.

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It’s actually probably the second or third best deal in town.

Cheap Parking at Fenway Park, Tip #2: The Pru Center. Like with the 100 Clarendon garage, this garage is very close to the Back Bay T station, so if you’re not up for the walk after the game you can use the Commuter Rail from Yawkey. Or use the Green Line Prudential station, transfer at Copley Square and take the B, C, or D to Kenmore Square.

There’s a couple of nice things about the Pru Center parking. At Fenway Park, for one, most lots within a block cost almost three times the price. Another thing is that the place is full of eateries and sandwich joints to fill up your doggie bag, and the other is that you know exactly where to go after the game…the Pru Center building is visible from anywhere on the home or first base side of the ballpark.

Given the choice, I prefer the 100 Clarendon Garage, but the Pru Center is a good second choice.

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Hmmm…what does the “P” stand for?

Cheap Parking at Fenway Park, Tip #3: The Hynes Auditorium Garage. The Pilgrim Parking people operate a few garages in the Boston area for theaters and medical centers and such, and they make the Hynes garage (50 Dalton Street) available for Sox games for about the same price as the Pru Center, and it’s right across the street from the Pru, a scoche (did I spell that right?) closer to Fenway.

The Hynes garage is only available on weekends, and like with the Pru Center you’ll need your ticket, but it’s near the Pru Center and its shops and it’s also a short walk to the Hynes Center T station, where you can hop on a green line train to Fenway or back should the weather be uncooperative. It’s also a good spot to find a Boston Pedicab.

Like I said, these lots aren’t the closest, but it’s well worth the walk for the lack of extortionate prices and aggravating congestion. And even if you use the Commuter Rail from Back Bay to Yawkey or back, the fare is cheap enough that you still come out ahead in the quest to find affordable parking at Fenway Park.

But if you want to try some other ways to get to Fenway, try giving this a read.

More About Fenway Park:

Visiting Fenway Park – Five Tips For Newbies

How To Get Cheap(er) Red Sox Tickets

How To Avoid Obstructed Views at Fenway Park

 

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Take A Rickshaw To Fenway – Boston Pedicab

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If you’re looking for a cool or romantic way to get to Fenway Park, try those fun guys at Boston Pedicab.

As you may know, only rookies drive their car to Fenway Park, or anywhere in Boston, for that matter. Narrow streets and world-class congestion have combined to make the public transportation system pretty popular in Beantown.

But public transit has its drawbacks, especially for those using it to get to a ballgame. I can tell you from the experience of nearly having my face pressed against a window for entire Green Line rides that trains coming to and leaving games at Fenway Park get mercilessly jammed with Red Sox fans.

But I did find one way to ease some (although not all) of the hassles that go along with trying to enter or exit the Fenway Park area by car.

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The perfect size vehicles for Boston streets.

Boston Pedicabs is a local outfit that employs college students to pedal bicycles attached to rickshaws around the city of Boston. There are plenty of them available near Fenway, but the gentleman I e-mailed asking where best to find them (forgive me for temporarily losing the e-mail with his name) informed me that the parking lot at the Prudential Center some blocks east of Fenway is a good spot.

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The Prudential lot is much cheaper than the lots closest to Fenway, and the Center is basically a mall with quite a few good pregame dining options.

The fellows riding the bicycles for Boston Pedicab are friendly and will have a conversation with you as they’re pedaling you through murderous traffic to the park, and you can actually look around at the city rather than waiting for the driver in front of you to finally move.

Best of all, they’re free. But not really. The Boston Pedicab drivers subsist entirely on tips, so don’t let me hear of anyone who reads this stiffing them.

That’s just one cool way to get to Fenway…but you should really know every way to get there, because Fenway is a challenge. Find out how with one of these.

Boston Pedicabs website: www.bostonpedicab.com

More About Fenway Park:

Visiting Fenway Park – Five Tips For Newbies

How To Get Cheap(er) Red Sox Tickets

Can You Bring Food Into Fenway Park?

 

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The Fenway Frank – As Baseball As Life Gets

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The Red Sox have upped their food game of late, with adding such fancy stands such as Taste of Boston, Tasty Burgers and several great lobster items, but the Fenway Frank is still essential sustenance at Boston’s venerable ballpark.

 

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The white bread bun. Only at Fenway.

I don’t understand why it’s so rare to see a hot dog in a mushy white bread bun, but it’s part of what makes the Fenway Frank so distinctive – that gooeyness around the classic baseball flavor.

The Fenway Frank is made by Kayem Foods, who added some garlic and smoke to the flavor when they took it over in 2009. Incidentally, Kayem also makes the dogs sold at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, but they claim it’s a different style of dog. I would hope so.

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Is that “mmmmmm” that they’re spelling with the mustard?

You can also get a Monster Dog, which is an elevated Fenway Frank – and is quite large at ten inches. Save some room for that.

Regarding the Fenway Franks sold in the stands, by the way, they are boiled in water as opposed to grilled on rollers like at the concession stands. I like my dogs boiled, but I think I’m in the minority on that. Either way, the Fenway Frank is the essential “Fenway Park food thing.”

Incidentally, the Red Sox and Kayem celebrate National Hot Dog Day. People submit their Fenway Frank variations to be chosen as the Next Fenway Frank, and that creation gets sold at the ballpark the rest of the season.

In 2017 it was a North End Frank: a Fenway Frank topped with pesto, arugula, roasted red pepper, sun-dried tomato and fresh mozzarella. Now that’s a hot dog. But the same could be said about the simple classic Fenway Frank.

Want to know about the entire food menu at Fenway? Check out this handy yet indispensable guide.

 

More About Fenway Park:

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How To Get Cheap(er) Red Sox Tickets

Can You Bring Food Into Fenway Park?

 

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