Fenway Park is to Boston as the Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco, both a world-famous landmark and a busy public facility. The Red Sox play here—you may have heard. Babe Ruth pitched here and was then sold to the Yankees, beginning the legendary curse erased by the Red Sox World Series victory in 2004. Cy Young, Ted Williams and Carlton Fisk are just a few of the other greats who’ve graced the field of what John Updike famously called a “lyric little bandbox.” In the last decade, new owners have not only led the team to two World Series championships and raised fandom to the status of “Red Sox Nation.” They’ve also been good stewards of the 1912 park, retaining its unique dimensions and intimate character while adding capacity and modern amenities. Fenway, with its famous left-field wall, the Green Monster, is perhaps the city’s single most popular attraction—and, in most locals humble opinion, the best thing to do in Boston. Tours are given up to three hours before game time. Red Sox tickets are hard to come by, but the owners save a small block to be sold to fans who line up on Lansdowne Street beginning around dawn on game day—or the night before for a Yankees series. Despite law enforcement promises, scalping remains a thriving business on the street around the park, so don’t be afraid to haggle.
Attractions & Landmarks
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