Fenway Park#9 in Best Things To Do in Boston
Fans of America's favorite pastime won't want to miss a game at Fenway Park. Home to the Boston Red Sox, this stadium has been the site of home runs, stolen bases and grounders since 1912. Regardless of whether you're a diehard Red Sox fan who believes in the legendary 1919 "Curse of the Bambino" or not, you should try to catch a game and admire the ballpark's original architecture. Must-see features of the park include Pesky's Pole – the right field foul pole named after former Red Sox player Johnny Pesky – and the 37-foot-tall "Green Monster" wall in left field.
Many Bostonians are avid Red Sox fans (which is why it's considered one of the Best Cities for Baseball Fans to Visit), so if you plan on making your pilgrimage during baseball season (April to early October) and want to come for a game, book your tickets at least a few weeks in advance. You can also take a one-hour guided tour of the facility, which recent visitors said was informative and interesting, even if you're not a Red Sox or baseball fan. Most tour tickets can be reserved in advance online, although on game days, you'll need to purchase tickets at the ballpark for tours offered three hours before a baseball game.
Fenway Park sits next to the Boston University campus and Kenmore Square in Boston's Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood. The easiest way to get to the ballpark is to take the "T" to Kenmore or Fenway. If you decide to drive, you can pay to park in one of several garages located within a few blocks. Restaurants, bars and a Red Sox gift shop are situated just outside the ballpark on Yawkey Way and Lansdowne Street, while restrooms and concession stands are available in Fenway Park. Ballpark tours are offered on the hour every day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the summer and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter. On game days, final tours start three hours before game time. Tour tickets cost $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and younger. If you have a Go Boston Card, Fenway Park tours are covered by your pass. Red Sox game ticket prices will vary depending on the opponent and the seat selected. Visit the ballpark's website to find out more about Fenway Park's history, Red Sox tickets, ballpark facilities and special events.
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#1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Four buildings – Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market – constitute Faneuil Hall Marketplace, with the oldest being Faneuil Hall. Built in 1742 and now located on the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall has had a long and important history in Massachusetts politics. Samuel Adams once stood here to push for resistance against the British, and abolitionists and suffragists have stood on their soapboxes here. In fact, this is where Jonathan Mayhew famously challenged the Sugar Act of 1764 by proclaiming, "no taxation without representation." Since Mayhew's declaration, the marketplace has expanded to include more than 100 shops and restaurants.
Some former visitors caution that the items sold at Faneuil Hall Marketplace are a bit overpriced. However, if you're looking to kill some time or snap some great photos, consider strolling through the market's halls. You'll also find various cuisines served in Quincy Market if you're in need of a quick bite. Keep in mind that this market gets crowded quickly (especially on weekends and in the summer), so it's best to visit during a weekday if you don't want to encounter hordes of people.
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