Family Travel Stories

Touring America’s Oldest Ballpark

Recently we took a trip to Boston, Massachusetts to spend the day. Our plans included visiting the Franklin Park Zoo, touring Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox), and going to Boston Common. Our schedule changed when we stopped at Fenway Park to take a tour of the ballpark, found that most of the tours were filled and that the next tour we could buy tickets for was late in the afternoon. One son wanted to go to Fenway and the other son to the zoo. Unfortunately, our youngest was out voted.

The boys enjoy splashing around in the Frog Pond at Boston Common.

The boys enjoy splashing around in the Frog Pond at Boston Common.

Since we had some time before the tour, we went to Boston Common and let the kids play in the Frog Pond. The day was sunny and hot and what is a better activity on a hot summer day then playing in the water. The Frog Pond is a concrete pool that is only about a foot to two feet deep with a fountain in the middle. The Pond also serves as an ice skating rink in the winter. There is also the “Tadpole Playground” next to the pool for the kids to play on.

After the water fun, we headed back to the ballpark to get ready to take our tour, which began at the top of the park at the Right Field Roof Deck. We then made our way around the park stopping at the different seating arrangements and finished up at the oldest seats in the park. Our favorite spot was on top of the Green Monster. At each stop, our guide gave us some history about the park and its players. He also explained how to purchase tickets, if possible, and the cost to purchase tickets for each section.

Because of how late in the day our tour was, our three year old missed his nap and fell asleep so I carried him around the park. There were many stairs to climb and it was very hot. Our older son, was interested in the different facts that the guide would tell us, like why the Green Monster was built (sorry, I can’t tell you or it would ruin the tour). 

Fenway Park in Boston, MA

Fenway Park in Boston, MA

Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox

The advantage to the late tour time was that some players were on the field. We saw Dustin Pedroia starting fielding practice and Los Angeles Angels players kicking a soccer ball and stretching before their batting practice.

Overall the tour was good. I would have liked more time to look around, especially at the legendary player plaques, the newspaper clippings and magazine covers framed along the hallways. We also would like to have been able to see the dugout and the walk by the field. I also think that it would have been more interesting to our kids if they were a bit older. However, when the boys see the Red Sox playing at Fenway Park on the television they still comment about visiting the park.

Author: rbisson

I am a licensed land surveyor in New Hampshire and Maine, enjoy the outdoors and being with my wife and two boys.

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