One of the most popular bus tours in this city is the famous Duck Tours of Boston.
This company uses WWII era amphibious landing vehicles, which work surprisingly well for touring, to take the guests on both a short city tour and a short water cruise on the Charles River.
The Duck Tours are not a hop off/hop on tour like many of the other bus tours in the area, but in 90 minutes they cover a lot of ground and the guides are usually very knowledgeable as well as entertaining.
In Boston, the duck tours leave at three different locations: one on the waterfront behind Faneuil Hall, another in the Back Bay behind the Prudential Center, and a third in Cambridge at the Museum of Science.
Recommended for: families
The reviews for Boston Duck Tours are pretty good, and the company has received an accumulated rating of 4 ½ stars on TripAdvisor.
Even visitors who didn’t know much about baseball enjoyed their experience during the public tour of Fenway. This tour was described as fun, insightful and very informative.
Visitors who didn’t enjoy the other tours recommend taking this one instead to save money and get more bang for your buck.
If you plan on taking this tour during a game day, reviewers recommend getting there as early as possible and preparing for large crowds.
Fenway in Fifteen
Fenway also offers a quick 15-minute tour for those on a budget or time constraints.
This option includes a look at the Nation’s Archives at the Royal Rooters Club and a visit to the Right Field Roof Deck.
At the end of your short journey through Red Sox history, you’ll be treated to a wonderful panoramic view of both the ballpark and the Boston skyline.
This tour is only available on game days and weekends from 12 pm – 3 pm.
Ticket Prices: $15 for Adults | $15 for Children
Duration: 15 minutes
This is an excellent option if it’s game day and you don’t have a lot of time before the game. The Rooters Club includes a lot of wonderful memorabilia and it’s a great place for sports history buffs to visit.
Sadly, some guests indicate that you might not see much more on this tour than you would during the average game at Fenway Park.
Some visitors feel that the panoramic view is nice, but other reviewers say it is no better than any view you will experience while at a game.
TOURS AVAILABLE ONLY ON GAME DAYS
Even if you decide to come on a game day, there are still tours available at Fenway Park.
In this section, we will describe each tour option and include details such as ticket prices & availability.
NOTE: The public tour listed above is also available on game days.
This experience allows guests into the park before the general public and opens with a trip to the warning track where you can walk in the footsteps of Red Sox legends such as Johnny Damon and Ted Williams.
The Pregame Tour ends with a visit to the Monster Seats on top of the Green Monster where you will have a great chance of grabbing a fly ball off the bats of players who are warming up.
Tickets for this tour are only available at the park on game days approximately 3 hours before the game begins.
Ticket Prices: $35 for Adults | $35 for Children
Availability: Only on game days
Duration: 45-60 minutes
This tour is popular among die-hard fans who are familiar with the history of Fenway and want to enjoy the opportunity to explore areas which are typically off limits to visitors.
Red Sox fans tend to appreciate the chance to sit in seats which are usually reserved and visit the Green Monster.
Unfortunately, this tour is not always as informative as the public tour, but it’s still valuable for fans of the team. Several guests note that batting practice is free to watch if you arrive early, so you don’t need to pay extra to see it on this tour.
Premium Day Game Tour
If you’re looking for a more family-friendly tour of Fenway Park, this is going to be your best option.
Not only will you have the opportunity to meet Wally the Green Monster, but you’ll also have the chance to take a photo on the warning track.
Additionally, you will learn a lot about the history of Fenway and the Boston Red Sox.
This tour is only available for afternoon games before 3 pm. You may be asked to pay an extra fee for your picture.
Ticket Prices: $35 for Adults | $35 for Children
Availability: Only on afternoon game days
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Much like the pregame tour, this option is particularly popular among Red Sox fans who want the opportunity to meet their favorite mascot and get a photo at Fenway.
Several customers have been unhappy about paying extra to receive the photo which is taken either in front of home plate or on the warning track.
This opportunity may not be worth the extra cost for visitors who are more interested in learning about the park and its history.
If you’re planning to drive, there are a few parking options you may want to consider. The most popular choice is a garage right across the street, but it fills up fast. Here are a few alternatives:
10-15 minute walk
$18 Red Sox parking
Only available for night games/weekends
5-10 minute walk
$18 Red Sox parking
Only available on weekends
Check Boylston St, Brookline Ave, Yawkey Way
Cheaper option if you’re taking the tour
Fenway Park Tour Hours
During the Season:
9 am – 5 pm
The last tour departs at 5 pm on non-game days.
On game days, the last tour departs 3 hours before the first pitch.
During the Offseason:
10 am – 5 pm
November 1st – March 31st
Public tours depart at the top of every hour.
Self-Guided Fenway Park Tour
If you’re heading to Fenway Park to take in a game, make sure you see a few things while you’re there. Also, brush up on the words to Sweet Caroline. Some of the listed items below are covered on the public tours.
This is a section of center field created by seating with a far-right corner which is 420′ from home plate. Can you imagine hitting a ball that far?! Or even worse, hitting a ball 357′ (all it would take for a homer in Philly) and not getting a home run!
Of course, hit it to the left or right, and you’re golden. Fenway has the shortest distance to either side in MLB (310 and 302′). Make no mistake: despite the triangle, this is one of the best hitters parks in the game of baseball.
Built in the 1940s, the bullpen was extended along the right-center field bleachers to decrease the distance needed for a home run by 23′ (for the benefit of left-handed hitter Ted Williams, hence the nickname!)
THE RED SEAT
Most seats in the right field section of Fenway are green with the exception of just one. This single red seat marks the distance of the longest home run.
Hit in 1946 by Ted Williams, the seat in Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21 was occupied by a gentleman who was hit in the head!
After the event, he said “How far away must one sit to be safe in this park? I didn’t even get the ball. They say it bounced a dozen rows higher, but after it hit my head, I was no longer interested.”
What makes that story even better – the guy was a Yankees fan. I don’t need to tell you about the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, right?
(Babe Ruth is said to have likely hit a home run farther, but it was before these seats were built here – and it’s Babe Ruth, so it’s a given, right?)
THE GREEN MONSTER
The most notable feature of Fenway is the Green Monster. It’s a 37′ (11 m) tall green wall in left field that steals home runs from many line-drive hitters, leading to a whole lot of doubles at Fenway.
It’s the highest wall in the MLB.
For most of its history, it was just called “the Wall” – but then Pink Floyd came around.
The Green Monster is now also the Red Sox mascot, an actual green furry monster named Wally. They are so clever!
Located on the wall is the scoreboard that is still updated by hand.
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO
Probably the most known fact about the Red Sox is their drought of championships – well, that and their rivalry with the Red Sox.
In 1903, the Red Sox won their first World Series. They won again in 1912, 1915, 1916 and 1918…. and then experienced an 84-year drought.
That’s right, it wasn’t until 2004 that they won another World Series Championship. So what happened?
Many say, in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way, that it was the Curse of the Bambino. In 1920, the Red Sox sold the rights to Babe Ruth to their rivals, the Yankees.
Why one may ask? Well, some say it was to finance a Broadway play, of course. Ever heard of My Lady Friends? (Me either, so one may wonder if it was a wise choice!)
And since the sale of Babe Ruth, the Red Sox would not win another World Series Championship until 2004. They went to the World Series 4 times in those 84 years, losing twice to the Cardinals – and in 2004, they won against the Cardinals.
Not only did they win, they swept the Cardinals, never falling behind once. As if that weren’t good enough, they had to beat the Yankees in order to get to the World Series.
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and many people in Boston are Irish every day, so there is a big St. Paddy’s Day celebration in the Hub. If you’re not sure what to do or where to go, we’ve got you covered! Just watch out for Leprechauns and don’t drink too much Guinness.
Things To Do in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day
1. St. Patrick’s Day Parade through Southie
One of Boston’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day traditions is the Parade through Southie. That’s South Boston to you.
The 2020 St Patrick’s Day Parade has been cancellled
2. Listen to Irish Music
There are plenty of places to enjoy Irish Music on St Patrick’s Day, and the weekend before, but one of the best is at the House of Blues, Boston’s own Irish punk band, the Dropkick Murphys take a break from their busy touring schedule every year to play before the home crowd.
Take your family to the Irish Cultural Center of New England Plenty of Irish dance, music, food and more, there is something for everyone. The Center is located at 200 New Boston Drive Canton, MA 02021,
4. Explore the Boston Irish Heritage Trail
Get your Irish history on by walking the Boston Irish Heritage Trail. It’s about 3 miles, all the way through downtown and other parts of the city. Its totally self guided, starting in the North End at the Rose Kennedy Rose Garden and ending at Fenway Park. You can pick up a route map at the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is at both the Boston Common and the Prudential Center. We also have a list and map of the Irish Sites on the Freedom Trail.
5. Have a Pint!
And of course, there are so many Irish pubs to chose from to enjoy your celebratory pint(s) of Guinness. Here are some of the best, oldest, and most interesting.
The Green Dragon – One of the oldest bars in Boston. Supposedly Paul Revere enjoyed a few here. 11 Marshall St., downtown Boston
The Eire Pub – A workingman’s pub, not too far from the parade route. 396 Adams St, in Dorchester
James’s Gate – Named after the original Guinness factory in Dublin, this is the best place to get a Guinness in Boston, 5 McBride St, Jamaica Plain
The Plough and Stars – Small narrow and filled with literary types. The magazine Ploughshares was created here. 912 Mass Ave Cambridge
Grafton Street – Mix traditional with modern at this Cambridge bar. 1230 Mass Ave Cambridge