Guide for Boston in the Fall

A Guide to Boston in the Fall

This guide is all about things to do in Boston in autumn, updated for 2019. We include a Top 10 list, loads of free things to do, concerts, festivals, special events, and family-friendly activities.

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

This is our Top 10 list of things to do in Boston in autumn. Make sure to read the entire post for the fun events, concerts, free activities, family-friendly things to do, and more.  Read more »

Boston in October Things to Do

Top 10 Things You Must do in Boston This October (2019)

This post lists top things to do in Boston in October 2019 as well as things to do at night, free activities and family-friendly events. Be sure to look at what’s going on in Boston all year round!

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

In this section, we will cover the ten most interesting activities you can enjoy in Boston during the month of October. Read more »

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Self Guided Boston Walking Tours

This post lists 6 self-guided walking tours of Boston, including one GPS-enabled audio tour, all produced by our guides here at Free Tours by Foot.

Click here for our pay-what-you-wish guided walking tours of Boston.


THE FREEDOM TRAIL

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Things To Do in September in Boston

Things to do in Boston in September

This post covers the best things to do in Boston in September, updated for 2019 and including free, nighttime, as well as family-friendly activities. 

 

 


TOP TEN EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO

This section will feature our top 10 September activities to enjoy in Boston. Check out events and activities that we’ve also marked as kid-friendly, free, or great to enjoy after the sun sets.  Read more »

The Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail Map and Self Guided Tour

The Freedom Trail at the center of historic Boston is a red brick path through the city leading visitors to many of the city’s historic sites.

It tops our list of the best free things to do in Boston.

This self-guided tour and map will cover the entire 2.5 miles (4 km) of Freedom Trail sites and should take you two hours to complete.  

 

We offer a daily pay-what-you-like tour of the Freedom Trail

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Things to Do at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a popular and historic market square in Boston that brings in thousands of visitors on a regular basis to see the site of debates, protests, meetings, and markets for the last 275 years.

This post will tell you how to get there, how to plan your visit, what there is to see, and where to eat. 

 

 


PLAN YOUR VISIT TO FANEUIL HALL

The historic Faneuil Hall has been called “the home of free speech,” and was the spot of the first town hall meeting in America.

It was built in 1743 and originally just a place for vendors to sell their goods but became a hub for protests, debates, and demonstrations leading up to the Revolutionary War.

Samuel Adams and James Otis were just two of the many people who spoke here. Read more »

Best Boston Attractions

Boston Attractions and Points of Interest

In this post, we will provide lists of every major attraction in Boston. In addition to covering specific neighborhoods, we will also include attractions that are free, open after dark or family-friendly.

 

 


ATTRACTIONS ON THE FREEDOM TRAIL

This section will focus on all of the notable and historic attractions you can see on the Freedom Trail.

 

 

If you’re interested in taking the trek, consider taking our pay-what-you-wish Freedom Trail walking tour. Read more »

Things to Do in Boston in July

In this post, we share dozens of great things to do in Boston during the month of July, including family-friendly, free, as well as nighttime activities and attractions.

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN JULY

This section will cover the ten most interesting events and activities taking place during the month of July in Boston.

Whenever possible, we will note if any of these ideas are free, good for families, or happening after dark.

For even more fun activities, make sure to read our full post about things to do in Boston.

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Fenway Park Tour Tickets and Discounts

Fenway Park Tour Tickets and Discounts

This post will provide useful information about Fenway Park tours, including reviews and tour highlights. We also provide tips on discount tickets and the best way to reach Fenway.

 

 


DAILY FENWAY PARK TOUR TICKETS

There are two different types of tours available at Fenway Park: daily tours and pre-game tours. 


Public Tours

This 1-hour tour is perfect for anyone who may or may not be familiar with the Boston Red Sox. 

It provides a lot of information about the team, their ballpark, and some of the most famous baseball stars who have ever played in Fenway.

It is available year-round, during both the regular season and the offseason.

Reviewers seem to be very happy with this activity (read reviews here).

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. 

 

Fenway Park Tours

 

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
  • Availability: Daily
  • 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.


Pre-Game Tour

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. 

 

Fenway Park Game-day Tours

 

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.

Click here for more information on tours of Fenway Park.

 


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DISCOUNT TICKETS AND COMBO DEALS

If you’re looking for a good deal on one of the tours at Fenway Park, there are a few options to consider.

The following section will provide details about all of the different ways you can save money on this activity.


Boston Go Card

This is going to be the best way to save money on the Fenway Park tour. The Boston Go Card has 3 options and all include the Public Fenway Park Tour.

If you get the Boston Go Card, you can save 20% on tickets for this service when purchasing admission for two or more attractions with their Build Your Own Pass option. 

 

 

Travelers considering this card can choose from 35 additional attractions in order to build a tourist pass that works for them. The second option is the Explorer Pass, which lets you choose 

Alternatively, you can also get the All-Inclusive Pass which includes the Fenway Park tour and 40 additional attractions for one flat price.

The Fenway tour is only available with the 3, 5, and 7 day passes, which are called the Explorer Pass.


Military Discounts

Guests who have either served or are currently serving in the military are eligible for a $3 discount on tickets for the public tour of Fenway.

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, you must purchase tickets directly from Fenway Park and provide your military identification.


Discount Sites

In addition to the opportunities listed above, you can also save some money on Fenway park tour tickets by using services such as Groupon and Living Social.

Both of these sites offer additional coupon codes every now and then to sweeten the deal, helping you to save an extra 20% off or more on local activities.

Make sure to check both the top and bottom of the discount site for banners with coupons that you can use for additional savings.

 


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RED SOX GAME TICKETS

There are a few different ways to get tickets for Red Sox games.

In addition to single-game tickets, you can also purchase a ticket package for multiple games which is typically available at a discount. 

 

 

Depending on where your seat is located, you can expect ticket prices to range from $20 for the upper bleachers to $150+ for the field boxes.


Get Tickets Online

If you’re looking to order tickets online, you can do so directly from the MLB.com website.

However, you might find even better discounts and prices by using StubHub instead. This is an online marketplace for people who have purchased tickets to events that they can no longer attend. 

If you buy tickets well in advance, you can even save money over the normal ticket price.


Get Tickets at the Park

Needless to say, you can purchase game day tickets directly at the park if they are available.

Popular game days may be sold out when you arrive, so it’s probably a better idea to purchase tickets online ahead of time.

 


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PLAN YOUR VISIT

This section will provide details to help you plan a trip to Fenway Park, whether for a tour or a baseball game.

We will include information about how to get there, parking, tour hours and more.


How to Get to Fenway

Fenway Park is located at 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215.

Regardless of which way you choose to get here, we recommend using this Google Maps link for directions to the stadium.

 

How to Get to Fenway Park

 

There are several different options for traveling to Fenway, but we recommend the following forms of transportation for their ease of use and affordability.

Train

There are 3 train stations you can stop at which will get you close to Fenway Park:

  • Fenway Station D/Green Line
  • Kenmore Station D/Green Line
  • Yawkey Station

For help navigating the trains, make sure to read our post about mastering the Boston subway system.

Hop-on-Hop-Off Bus

Some of the hop-on-hop-off trolleys and bus tours offered in Boston make a stop at Fenway Park.

If you’re already intending to use these services while on vacation, this could be a quick and easy way to save money on your trip to this historic stadium.

For more information, visit our post comparing the various bus and trolley tours in the area.

Driving/Parking

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:

Prudential Center

  • 10-15 minute walk
  • $18 Red Sox parking
  • Only available for night games/weekends

Hynes Auditorium

  • 5-10 minute walk
  • $18 Red Sox parking
  • Only available on weekends

Street Parking

  • 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.

THE TRIANGLE

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.

WILLIAMSBURG

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! 

 

Ted Williams Red Seat Fenway Park

 

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.

 

The Green Monster Fenway Park

 

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.

 

Babe Ruth Red Sox

 

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.

 


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