The Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood is named after both Kenmore Square, and the Fens, both of which it encompasses. Kenmore Square is the area's dynamic urban center. This is where trains arrive and shops light up in an effort to entice passing customers. High above, the Citgo sign (now a historical landmark) keeps a watchful eye on new arrivals as they make their way through these congested crossroads. Just south and away from the square lies the hushed Fens, a study in contrasts. The Muddy River meanders through rustling reeds and shady, sloping lawns and gardens. Rustic stone bridges and benches offer a place to linger, to admire the water and all its inhabitants. The Fens also work to separate Kenmore from the sprawling medical complex, Longwood Medical Area.
The area is quite urban, but all the green space makes it feel much more livable than you might think. Like many other areas of Boston, Fenway/Kenmore is in the middle of a building boom, and the closeness of the parks and gardens help to balance the city and nature experiences. Turkeys have even been known call the place home. If you see one, watch out, they can be mean!
The neighborhood is almost unrecognizable on game day. When the Red Sox are in town, streets are shut to vehicular traffic, prices go through the roof, and 50,000 people all make the ride in from surrounding locales. If you're taking the train, consider getting off a stop before Kenmore, it might just be faster to walk.
When the Red Sox are playing at Fenway Park, getting into the area is extremely difficult. While the MBTA does run extra service, expect Green Line cars to be filled to capacity, and be prepared to wait for several trains before you're able to board. However, it's still the best way of getting to a Red Sox game, since parking is very limited and you get to experience the excitement of a crowded train car full of fans heading to the game. Parking garages fill up quickly, and rates are exorbitant: during playoff games, some parking lots have been known to charge up to $100 for parking. Even during a normal game, $25–30 is common for any spot within reasonable distance.
The B, C, and D branches of the Green Line stop at Kenmore, and the D branch continues on to Fenway. Despite the name, the closest station to Fenway Park is Kenmore, not Fenway. Visitors arriving via the T (subway) will need to walk a short distance from the station to the ballpark, but the crowds on a game day will serve to lead the way. The E branch stops at Symphony, Northeastern, Museum of Fine Arts, and Longwood Medical Area stations. The Longwood Medical Area station is separate from the Longwood station on the D branch of the Green Line: the two stations are neither related nor interconnected.
The Orange Line stops at Ruggles station. This station is several long blocks away from Fenway Park. If you're going to a Red Sox game and want to avoid the crowds on the Green Line, however, it may be worthwhile to take the T to Ruggles and transfer to the 8 or 19 bus routes to get to the ballpark.
MBTA bus routes 8, 19, 55, 57, 60, and 65 all stop in the area.
From Storrow Drive, take the Kenmore Square/Fenway exit, and follow the signs for your destination. Those going to Fenway Park should take the Kenmore Square exit. There are a number of parking garages in the area, particularly around Fenway Park.
- 1 The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), 465 Huntington Ave (T: Museum of Fine Arts), ☎ . W-F 10AM-10PM, Sa-Tu 10AM-5PM. As the fourth largest museum in the US, the Museum of Fine Art is known for its impressive assortment of French Impressionist paintings as well as its extraordinary collection of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art. The MFA also has one of the largest collections of Japanese art outside of Japan. A new modernist Art of the Americas Wing was completed in 2010, architected by Norman Foster. A visitor could simply rush through the highlights in a few hours, or linger all day and take it all in properly. The museum also has a great collection of early American art, including the portrait of George Washington used on the dollar bills you might find in your wallet right now. $25, seniors and students $23.
- 2 The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way (T: Museum of Fine Arts), ☎ . Tu-Su 11AM-5PM. Not your typical museum experience. Modeled after a 15th century Venetian palazzo, the museum displays Mrs. Gardner's evocative home as it was when she lived here. She collected many masterworks, unappreciated at the time, and displayed them in a most unconventional manner. The juxtaposition of artworks from different cultures and time periods still delights visitors today. Her will stipulates the works of art must remain in her original arrangement. This is the reason one wall remains blank, after an unbelievable art heist in early 1990. Thirteen pieces were stolen, valued at over $500 million dollars, the works of art remain missing to this day. $15 adult, $12 senior, $5 student.
- 3 Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS), 1154 Boylston Street (T: Hynes Convention Center), ☎ . M-Sa 10AM-4PM. Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is the nation's oldest historical society. The collections of the MHS bring alive the stories of America's past through a series of changing exhibitions and public programs that are free and open to the public. Thomas Jefferson's handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence is a particularly significant piece in their collection. Many famous people sit on the board of directors, including professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and director Ken Burns. Free.
- 4 Warren Anatomical Museum (Countway Library of Medicine), 10 Shattuck Street (T: Brigham Circle), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 9AM-5PM. This small exhibition is tucked away on the 5th floor of Harvard Medical School's Countway Library of Medicine. It was designed by Mr. Warren in the mid 1800's to teach his medical students about anatomy. The real highlight here—among the charts, specimens and 19th century medical instruments—is the skull of Phineas Gage. Phineas improbably survived 12 years after a large iron bar was driven through his brain. Free.
- 5 Panopticon Gallery (Hotel Commonwealth), 502c Commonwealth Ave (T: Kenmore), ☎ . Tu-Sa 9AM-3PM. Founded in 1971, Panopticon Gallery is one of the oldest galleries in the United States dedicated solely to fine art photography. The gallery specializes in 20th Century American Photography and emerging contemporary works. Check their calendar for up to date information on their current exhibition. They also carry many interesting, hard to find, fine art books in their store.
- 1 The Boston Symphony Orchestra (Symphony Hall), 301 Massachusetts Ave (T: Symphony), ☎ . One of "The Big Five", an evening at the Boston Symphony Orchestra (or BSO) will be a treasured memory for any visitor. Attending one of these highly acclaimed, if somewhat formal performances, is a must for any lover of the finer things in life. If you think you might prefer something lighter, however, try the Boston Pops. Comprised of BSO musicians (but usually not their first-chair players), The Pops plays more familiar classical and popular music. The building, Symphony Hall, was constructed in 1900 and is considered to have the finest acoustics of any concert hall in the United States. In 2006 the BSO renovated the building and was worried about preserving the quality of the sound. They decided to spare no expense, using only craftsman capable of building with the same methods and materials as the original construction. $18-100+.
- 2 The Emerald Necklace Conservancy (Shattuck Visitor Center), 125 Fenway (T: Northeastern), ☎ . M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa Su noon-4PM. Offering walking and cycling tours throughout The Fens, the Muddy River, and other points of interest along this section of the Emerald necklace. See the calendar of events for specifics. Free.
- 3 Jordan Hall (New England Conservatory), 30 Gainsborough St (T: Symphony), ☎ . Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994, Jordan Hall—along with Symphony Hal—are considered two of America's most acoustically perfect performance spaces. Often used as a concert hall for NEC students and faculty, the BSO will perform in this space as well. Free, first come first serve.
- 4 Lucky Strike Lanes (Jillian’s), 145 Ipswich St (T: Kenmore), ☎ . 11AM-2AM daily. Not into classical music, and the finer "intangibles" a bowstring might provide? No problem. Head here for an evening of bowling, billiards, and ping-pong. An attached dance club bills itself as "52 weeks of spring break", if you're up for that. The entertainment is spread out over several floors so you amy find something to your liking. All areas serve alcohol and are 21+. Snacks $10.
- 5 Regal Cinemas Fenway 13, 201 Brookline Ave (T: Fenway), ☎ . 11AM-1AM daily. $14 adult, $11 child/senior.
- 6 Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way (T: Kenmore or Fenway), ☎ . Watch the Boston Red Sox play at Fenway Park, the oldest Major League Baseball stadium still in use. Built in 1912 and one of only two classic ballparks remaining, the other being Wrigley Field in Chicago. This red brick and green steel structure is one of the best places in the world to take in a baseball game. As one of the smallest ballparks in the major leagues and given Boston's loyal fan base, seeing a game here is intimate, exciting and a part of living history. Few baseball teams can claim to represent their city to the extent of the Red Sox, and Fenway Park is nothing short of a baseball landmark.
- Theoretically, single game tickets can be purchased directly from the Red Sox at face value. In practice single game tickets usually sell out for the entire season within hours of going on sale. If you'd like to catch a game, and didn't snag a ticket online right when they became available, you do have a few options:
- Buy through a licensed broker, such as StubHub or ABC Ticket.
- Try the game day window on Landsdowne Street. Line up starting five hours prior to game time. Any open seats go on sale 90 minutes before the first pitch. Tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis; if you're not one of the first 50 people or so in line, chances for a ticket are slim.
- Patronize a scalper. Buying and selling tickets on the street is pretty common, but caveat emptor! The tickets you're buying may be fraudulent, and be aware scalping on public property is illegal in Massachusetts.
- If you'd like to see Fenway without attending a game, try a behind the scenes tour tour on non-game days or show up early on game days. A must for any Red Sox fan even if you do manage to get game tickets! Tours $18. Tickets to a game can be as cheap as $25, but expect to pay into the hundreds for a popular game during the summer.
- 1 Nuggets, 486 Commonwealth Avenue (T: Kenmore), ☎ . Tu-Sa 11:30AM-7PM, Su noon-5PM.
- 2 Comicopia, 464 Commonwealth Avenue (T: Kenmore), ☎ . Th-Tu 11AM-7PM, W 11AM-8PM.
- 3 Kenmore Collectibles, 466 Commonwealth Avenue (T: Kenmore), ☎ . M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-4PM.
- 4 Barnes & Noble, 660 Beacon St (T: Kenmore), ☎ . M-F 9AM-9PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. Take a moment to browse this once prominent national chain. It defies the odds and remains open, mainly because BU owns it and requires students to purchase schoolbooks here. Additionally, the famous Citgo sign sits atop this 6 story building.
- 5 Dana-Farber Gift Shop, 450 Brookline Ave (T: Longwood), ☎ . M-F 9AM-5PM. Buy a mug or sweater for yourself, or do one better and buy toys, jewelry, or books for patients in residence. Lots of little pick-me-ups too, like magazines, toiletries, candy and drinks.
- 6 Official Red Sox Team Store, 19 Yawkey Way (T: Kenmore), toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com. 9AM-5PM daily. T-shirts and hats run about $30. Peruse the array of other novelty items, ranging from pennants to baseball cards to bobble head dolls. Other more expensive items are also for sale, such as game jerseys and sweatshirts. These guys don't run the tours of Fenway Park, but they do start in the store.
|This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:|
|Mid-range||$15 - $30|
Owing to the enormous student presence here, dining out in Fenway/Kenmore doesn't have to break the bank. There are a variety of asian spots and Irish pubs to keep your stomach happy and full. The dollar signs will start to climb as you head towards Kenmore Square, and of course watch out for overcrowding and increased prices on game days.
- 1 Chicken Lou's, 50 Forsyth St (T: Northeastern), ☎ . M-F 6:30AM-9PM, Sa 7:30AM-2:30PM. $7.
- 2 Clover, 360 Longwood Ave (T: Longwood). M-Sa 7AM-midnight, Su 11AM-9PM. Starters $3-4, mains $7-8.
- 3 El Pelon Taqueria, 92 Peterborough St (T: Fenway), ☎ . 11AM-11PM daily. $10.
- 4 Pita, 197A Massachusetts Ave (T: Hynes Convention Center), ☎ . 10AM-11PM daily. $7-12.
- 5 Noodle St., 627 Commonwealth Ave (T: Blandford St), ☎ . noon-10PM daily. This establishment has been a hit with the student crowd with its complex menu of create-it-yourself Thai fusion at reasonable, if not quite insanely cheap prices. Try the special buckwheat noodles or the Noodle St. soup. Starter $4-5, mains $8-10.
- 6 Nud Pob, 738 Commonwealth Ave (T: BU East), ☎ . M-F 11:30AM-10:30PM, Sa Su noon-11PM. A student favorite for years, this little Thai jewel is delicious. Tucked away below street level this place is easy to miss but worth searching for. The food is fast, cheap, and some of the best in Boston. Their pad thai is perfect and their yellow and green curry dishes are fantastic. $9-14.
- 7 Rod-Dee Thai Cuisine II, 94 Peterborough St (T: Fenway), ☎ . M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su noon-10PM. Amazing Thai food, amazing value. Walking by it, you might not be impressed, but when you eat you will know why there are so many Zagat stickers on the door. Starters $4-6, mains $12.
- 8 Ichiban Yakitori Sushi House, 14 Westland Ave (T: Symphony), ☎ . M-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su noon-10PM. Starters $6-8, mains $10-14.
- 9 Mei Mei, 506 Park Dr (T: Fenway), ☎ . Th-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su Tu W 11AM-9PM, M 11AM-2:30PM. $11-16.
- 10 Flann O'Brien's, 1619 Tremont St (T: Brigham Circle), ☎ . M-F 10AM-1AM, Sa Su 9AM-1AM. Starters $7-10, mains $9-12.
- 11 Boston Burger Co, 1100 Boylston St (T: Hynes Convention Center), ☎ . M-Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su noon-10PM. Starters $9-12, mains $10-14.
- 12 Thornton's Fenway Grille, 100 Peterborough St (T: Fenway), ☎ . M-F 11AM-midnight, Sa Su 9AM-midnight. Starters $8-10, mains $12-18.
- 13 The Squealing Pig, 134 Smith St (T: Brigham Circle), ☎ . 11AM-1AM daily. Starters $7-10, mains $11-14.
- 14 Tapestry, 69 Kilmarnock St (T: Fenway), ☎ . T-F 5:30PM-10PM, Sa Su 10:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-11PM. $14-22.
- 15 House of Blues, 15 Landsdowne St (T: Kenmore), toll-free: . 4PM-10PM show nights, or two hours before a game starts. See all types of live concerts and special events at this popular entertainment chain. They serve several southern inspired dishes as their name suggests, like jambalaya and po' boys. $12-25.
- 16 Audubon, 838 Beacon St (T: Fenway), ☎ . Th-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 11AM-1AM, M-W 11:30AM-1AM. $12-25.
- 17 Hojoko (The Verb Hotel), 1271 Boylston St (T: Kenmore), ☎ . 5PM-2AM daily. Get full and drunk at this loud and hip space frequented by cool kids who have a little money that night. Try the fun sushi roulette dish (one of the six pieces is loaded with spices). Served with a little baby's bottle filled with a cooling tonic to sooth your burning mouth. Around $25-40 for a full meal.
- 18 Yard House, 126 Brookline Ave (T: Fenway), ☎ . Su-Th 11AM-12:30AM, F Sa 11AM-1:30AM. Starters $10-16, mains $14-20.
- 19 Sweet Cheeks Q, 1381 Boylston St (T: Fenway), ☎ . Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F Sa 11:30AM-11PM. Expect to pay around $25-40 per person.
- 20 Eastern Standard, 528 Commonwealth Ave (T: Kenmore), ☎ . 7AM-2AM daily. Starters $12-16, mains $22-30.
- 21 Island Creek Oyster Bar (Hotel Commonwealth), 500 Commonwealth Avenue (T: Kenmore), ☎ . M-F 4PM-11PM, Sa 11:30AM-11:30PM, Su 10:30AM-11PM. Starters $12-16, mains $28-32.
- 22 Tiger Mama, 1363 Boylston St (T: Fenway), ☎ . Su-Th 5PM-10PM, F Sa 5PM-11PM.
- 1 Bill's Bar, 5 Lansdowne St (T: Kenmore), ☎ . 5PM-2AM daily.
- 2 Bleacher Bar, 82A Lansdowne St (T: Kenmore), ☎ . Su-W 11AM-1AM, Th-Sa 11AM-2AM. A unique bar in that it is built under the Fenway Park bleachers in right field, with a large glass window overlooking the game. Even the urinals in the men's room offer a view of the field! You don't need a ticket to get in, but the place does fill up quickly.
- 3 Boston Beer Works, 61 Brookline Ave (T: Kenmore), ☎ . 11AM-1AM daily. This is the original location, opened in 1992. It opened as one of the first microbreweries in the area, currently serving 15 microbrews on tap at any given time. May open early during game day and other special events. Starters $7-10, mains $14-20.
- 4 Cask 'n Flagon, 62 Brookline Ave (T: Kenmore), ☎ . Su-W 11AM-1AM, Th-Sa 11AM-2AM. Arguably the most famous sports bar in Boston, located right outside Fenway Park. Raise a glass with the Fenway faithful from around the world. This bar is always wicked packed on game days, if the Sox are losing it might be time to leave.
- 5 Cornwall's, 654 Beacon St (T: Kenmore), ☎ . M-Sa noon-2AM.
- 6 Game On Fenway, 82 Landsdowne St (T: Kenmore), ☎ . M-Th 11:30AM-1AM, F-Su 11:30AM-2AM. Opened in 2005, this bar has made a name for itself as a worthy competitor to Cask n' Flagon. Plenty of televisions to catch the game on, and even indoor batting cages.
- 7 The Lower Depths, 476 Commonwealth Avenue (T: Kenmore), ☎ . 11:30AM-1AM daily. Pints $7.
Chains dominate this section of the city. You'll never be more than a few feet from a Dunks, Starbucks, or Pete's.
- Pavement Coffeehouse. The bagels are homemade at this miniature chain with a handful of Boston only locations. Originally the owner hails from Chicago, but was drawn here by the local universities and made bagels and coffee his passion.
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:|
|Mid-range||$175 - $250|
- 1 Boston Fenway Inn, 12 Hemenway St (T: Hynes Convention Center), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. By far the cheapest accommodations in the city, books out far in advance. Don't expect much. Shared bathrooms. From $28 per bunk, or $49 per room.
- 2 Adams Bed & Breakfast (Oasis Guesthouse), 14 Edgerly Rd (T: Hynes Convention Center), ☎ , toll-free: . From $130.
- 3 The Verb Hotel, 1271 Boylston St (T: Kenmore), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. From $130.
- 4 Boston Hotel Buckminster, 645 Beacon St (T: Kenmore), ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. From $160.
- 5 Residence Inn Boston Back Bay/Fenway (Marriott), 125 Brookline Ave (T: Kenmore), ☎ . From $185.
- 6 The Inn At Longwood Medical, 342 Longwood Ave (T: Longwood), ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com. From $190.
- 7 The Gryphon House, 9 Bay State Rd (T: Kenmore), ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. From $200.
- 8 Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Avenue (T: Kenmore), ☎ . Deluxe hotel within easy walking distance to Fenway Park. Red Sox game packages available. From $200.
After a Red Sox game, the streets surrounding Fenway become mobbed with people heading in various directions. If you don’t want to deal with a crowded subway, you may want to walk from Fenway to Park Street or Downtown Crossing, hubs where the Red and Green lines meet. At Downtown Crossing, additionally, the Orange Line is in play, increasing your post-game options.
Another common form of leaving Fenway is by hitching a cab, or by taking a “pedi-cab”, the bicycle riders with a sort of chariot attached to the back. These riders operate on tip only; depending on how far they are taking you, it is usually a good idea to toss them $20–25.
|Routes through Fenway-Kenmore|
|Splits into "B", "C", and "D" Branches (see below) ←||W E||→ Back Bay → Downtown|
|Allston-Brighton ← Brookline ←||W E||→ Merges with main Green Line|
|Newton ← Brookline ←||W E||→ Merges with main Green Line|
|END ← Jamaica Plain ←||SW NE||→ Back Bay → Merges with main Green Line|