The smell of the field, the crack of the bat, and the yells of disgruntled umpires aren’t everybody’s idea of a good time. But even if you don’t subscribe to baseball being America’s pastime, it’s hard not to appreciate the history of Fenway Park and its beloved Boston Red Sox. For many, this is bucket list material.
Fenway Park (4 Yawkey Way, Boston MA) opened in 1912 and is the oldest field still in use for Major League Baseball. After celebrating its centennial in 2012, Fenway is now part of the National Register of Historic Places. So grab a hotdog, a beer, some peanuts and gitt’er done.
Fenway Park’s management has gone all out to give an array of options for this baseball experience. The general tour is one-hour, but they have winter light show tours, batting practice tours and trolley twilight tours too.
The good folks at Fenway Park describe America’s Most Beloved Ballpark as “a place where dreams are made, traditions are celebrated and baseball is forever.” Melodrama aside, you’re going to want to try to take in a ballgame here, plus a tour of the historic stadium.
Management is more than accommodating, offering fans and visitors the chance to snap some fun photographs at the park’s historic Green Monster, a fence that stands nearly 40-feet tall to protect the homerun zone. You can walk the warning track on the same field where Red Sox legends like Williams (there’s a statue of Ted Williams on the property), Yaz, Fisk and Rice made baseball history.
The park has a restaurant and bar where you can grab some good grub. You can check out the hall of fame plaques too. The park has added historic treats all over the stadium, from the park’s original copper heating units to a replica of the team’s 1912 World Series trophy. You can even see areas where a car dealership had once been planned to open.
Over the year, Fenway has certainly undergone a series of renovations, restorations and modernizations, but it has managed to maintain its traditional charm. It simply personifies old-time baseball so much more than the modern stadiums, which hold a gazillion more people than tiny Fenway. Despite the march of progress, this beloved stadium has remained as a glimpse into America’s past and a way of life that should not be forgotten.
Boston Globe journalist Martin Nolan once described the famous ballpark: “The essence of Fenway is its intimacy,” he wrote. “A coziness that encourages, even demands, intensity. Fans become family; nicknames flourish.”