What to Do in Boston’s Fenway-Kenmore Neighbourhood

Get a ground-level view of Fenway Park from Bleacher Bar, visit Boston University’s Mugar Memorial Library and shop for sneakers at Bodega
 

The iconic CITGO sign in Kenmore Square

This sprawling area is home to the oldest Major League Baseball park. For intimate Red Sox action, visit Bleacher Bar underneath Fenway Park’s centre-field bleachers. Grab a seat by the garage door-sized window for a ground-level view of the game for the cost of a Harpoon IPA or a warm pastrami sandwich. On non-game days, head down the street to Blazing Paddles pub and book time to swing away at the official Fenway Park visitors’ batting cage.

Isabelle Stuart Gardner Museum

On your way to Boston University’s Mugar Memorial Library, cut through Kenmore Square to see the towering CITGO sign with its distinctive red triangle. At the university’s library, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center displays documents and memorabilia from 20th- and 21st-century musicians, actors, writers and more. Admire a caseful of Emmys (Dan Rather), Oscars (Gene Kelly) and Tony Awards, a film script that Bette Davis used to learn her lines, an Edison wax cylinder phonograph and a room dedicated to alum Martin Luther King Jr.

Later, head south to the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, where the American heiress once occupied the top floor of this palatial, four-storey building. Displays include around 6,500 objects like paintings, furniture and sculptures in Gardner’s own idiosyncratic layout. Start exploring in the Venetian courtyard, then check out the Titian room, in which everything from the Persian carpet to the Italian glassware complements Europa, an original Renaissance masterpiece painting.

Getting there: WestJet flies to Boston four times a day from Toronto and Halifax.

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Editor’s Note: It was originally published that Bodega, Boston’s hippest sneaker boutique, is located in Fenway-Kenmore. In fact, it is located in the adjacent neighbourhood of Back Bay. Find it on 6 Clearway Street, hidden behind a secret door in a nameless convenience store. Its wood-panel shelving holds shoes from Converse and rare Adidas to US$645 Yeezy boots. Also find curated streetwear by brands like Raised by Wolves.

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