Although at one point in time it used to be a swamp, Boston’s Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood is now vibrant, bustling and full of energy. For those paying it a visit this summer, here are just a few of the things that you can look forward to doing.
Visit Fenway Park
The oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, a visit to Fenway Park is an absolute must if you are in the neighborhood. Fenway Park is often the main reason why tourists visit the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood, as it is home to the Boston Red Sox, and is the perfect place from which to catch a game. If you are visiting when there is not a game on, you can still take part in the Fenway Park Tour, which will take you around all of the park’s many highlights in just an hour.
Explore the Museum of Fine Arts
For any art lovers visiting Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts is a must-visit, as the art collection here is truly encyclopedic. From the ancient world to the modern day, the art that you will see here covers just about every period in history. While you may not have time to tour the whole museum, the four-storey Americas wing simply has to be seen, especially the gallery that is entirely dedicated to John Singer Sargent, and includes his famous painting The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit. The northern wing of the museum is equally impressive, with pieces by masters such as Van Gogh, Degas and Renoir, as well as the largest Monet collection outside of Paris.
Visit Symphony Hall
Home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra since it was first built in 1900, Symphony Hall is a majestic building that is well worth touring. The free daily tour here lasts for an hour, and not only takes you around Symphony Hall’s public spaces, but also gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of the orchestra. For those who are hoping to catch a performance, these are held from September to April, so you will have to wait until the end of the summer, as the Boston Symphony Orchestra spends their summer months in Tanglewood in Western Massachusetts.
Enjoy Some Good Food
Boston is home to some incredible restaurants, and the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood is no exception. One of the top joints in the area is the Island Creek Oyster Bar, which serves up the finest oysters that you will find in Boston, along with plenty of other seafood, including their speciality dish, lobster roe noodles that are topped with succulent bites of grilled lobster and braised short ribs. Alternatively, head to El Pelon for budget-style Mexican dishes that will no doubt leave you feeling satisfied.
The Fenway-Kenmore neigborhood is a great area of Boston at which to spend some time, so do be sure to schedule it into your itinerary. Whether you hop around museums for the day or take a tour of Fenway Park and then enjoy some good food, there really is so much to see and do here.