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Fenway Park, in operation since 1912, is the oldest major league ballpark still in use and is one of the reasons people travel from far and wide to visit Boston.
While just about everybody knows that Fenway Park is a special place to watch baseball, plenty of folks aren’t as aware that there are a whole lot of ways to experience the park even if you aren’t going to watch a game.
Here are five different ways to spend a little time in American’s Most Beloved Ballpark.
Take a tour of Fenway Park
2014 Fenway Park tours are already underway, having started on April 1, and they will be available throughout the year. The tours leave at the top of the hour starting at 9 a.m. and go through 5 p.m., with each one lasting an hour. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for children aged 3 – 15, students, and military personnel.
Batting Practice Tours
Photo: Fenway Park Betting Practice Tours
If you would like to take a closer look at the park, batting practice tours are available 3 hours before game time on game days. The tour begins on the field’s warning track and heads over to the seats at the park that date back to 1934. The tour finishes up on the Green Monster, where you can see players in action during batting practice. Due to the occasionally uncertain schedule of practice and the games, the club does have the right to cancel batting practice without advance notice and, naturally, weather may affect availability and accessibility of the tour. Batting practice tours are $25 for adults and children.
Fenway Park Tour tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve daily basis. Tickets can be purchased at the Gate D Ticket Booth on the corner of Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street. Tours are handicap accessible.
The Bleacher Bar
For the past six years, this unique sports bar has welcomed visitors as they walk off the street, no ticket to the game required. Off of Lansdowne Street, the Bleacher Bar is situated under the centerfield bleachers, hence the name. If you get a spot by the garage door-like grate, you are so close that you could nearly touch the warning track.
Fair warning: on a game day, you’ll need to get in line quite early, as people put their name on the list starting at around 5 p.m.; seating is also limited to 45 minutes. If you just want to take it all in without the crowds that gather for a game, come for a beer at lunch or meet friends on a non-game day to soak in the history and see the grounds crew in action as they meticulously prepare the grounds for the night.
Photo: FenwaYoga courtesy of the Boston Red Sox
Until recently, the only Yogi known to the world of baseball was Yogi Berra. But last year, Fenway Park filled up with yogis for the Fenway Foundation’s Yoga Sessions! This year, on Sunday, June 8th, experienced and “green” yogis will settle into yoga mats around Fenway’s warning track to participate in a celebrity yoga class. Attendees are asked to raise $250 to participate and $25 to reserve a space in the class. Additionally, this year’s class is going to be taught by celebrity yoga instructor Mandy Ingber.
Out of the Park
Red Sox games at Fenway Park don’t always fit your schedule or your budget. So this year, the Highland Street Foundation and the Boston Red Sox are recreating the Fenway Park experience at local parks. If you are in town on Sunday, June 22, head to Franklin Park to see a game on the big screen at 4:05 p.m. The last Out of the Park of the season will be at Boston Common on Sunday, July 27 at 1:40 p.m. Wally the Green Monster, the Red Sox’s beloved mascot, will be in attendance during the events, which will also feature giveaways, caricaturists, balloon artists, and face painters and more family-friendly fun. There will also be free Hood ice cream and famous Fenway Franks by Kayem.
Leah Klein lives with her children in Cambridge, MA, and loves to explore all that New England has to offer, from day trips to weekend escapes. You can virtually follow her journeys on her blog, Leah’s Life: Pearls And Oysters.
Photo at the top courtesy of the Boston Red Sox.