Fenway Park is my version of Disneyland. As a Red Sox fan since childhood, I'd always wanted to go there. Years later, I attended a few games, but that wasn't enough. I wanted to really SEE this nearly 100 year old park, and not just from my seat. So, during a vacation back to New England, we made a trip to Fenway. The timing was nearly perfect as the 2007 playoffs were taking place there, so the park was decorated for that.
Tickets are purchased at the Yawkey Way Store, a sporting goods store across the street from Fenway. You can't miss it. If you want souvenirs, this is the place. Amazingly, tickets were cheap. I say this because Fenway is the most expensive place for tickets in baseball, but the tour was just $12 for adults and $10 for children. What a bargain!
The tour starts outside the park and you make the trek up the walkway and into the stadium. It's not like the big fancy newer ballparks, but for us, that's a good thing. We love the history and much prefer to see places like Fenway remain if possible. So, the tour guide takes us through the halls where we see pictures and memorabilia that we didn't know about before. There are team uniforms from the very early years through today. The walls are lined with pictures of former players from an era gone by, long before steroids became a household word. It was amazing to see all the photos and plaques of players like Ted Williams, Carlton Fisk, Yaz and so many more.
As we followed our guide, she led us into the press box where we sat while our guide explained everything that goes on there. What a neat place to see in person. Then she led us outside and around until we were at the Green Monster. Wow!!! Wow!! Wow!! If you are a Red Sox fan, you are familiar with these seats. They're nearly impossible to get and are very expensive. They are not sold as season tickets. We never thought we'd get near them and suddenly, there we were, sitting in them!! It was a thrill, sitting high above the Green Monster and looking over the whole ballpark.
Once our guide was able to pry us all away from the Monster seats, she took us to the grandstand, where the old wooden seats still remain. We had no idea they still had them there. They are in need of paint, but that's part of the charm of this park. It's not a cookie cutter ballpark that has no personality. This place is alive and you can feel it when you're there.
After about an hour, the tour ended, but not before they take your picture with the Green Monster as your backdrop. It seemed that everyone there purchased their photo packages.Everyone was smiling and excited during the tour and our tour guide was able to answer any questions. If you love the Red Sox or just enjoy historical sites, this tour is a MUST. We can't wait to do it again!
Update On Apr 05, 2010: This link takes you to the store where you purchase your tour tickets. There is information about store hours and a link to contact them with any questions you might have. http://yawkeywaystore.com/
I wish I could rate this tour higher than a 5. If you are a Red Sox fan or love old ballparks, this tour is AMAZING.