Parking Deals for Fenway Park
Review of Parking Deals for Fenway Park Rating: 3
by Malcolm MacMillan
- Expect to pay a premium if you choose to park near Fenway
- MBTA is a cost-effective, hassle-free way to visit
Any visit to Fenway Park could include a bumper sticker reading, “I survived parking at Fenway and all I got was this crummy sticker.” That might sound dramatic, but it’s indicative of the parking scene in downtown Boston. In fact, if you ask any Red Sox fan about tips on how to drive to Fenway, you’ll most likely receive encouragement to avoid doing so. That’s not to say, however, that you can’t take your car to Fenway – but expect to pay for the privilege.
Despite Fenway Park being located in the heart of Boston, however, it’s not overly difficult to reach by car. The ballpark’s close proximity to I-90 means that even at rush hour, getting to the game isn’t as lengthy a process as you’ll face some other MLB cities. Once you get close to Fenway, however, have your eyes peeled for parking. Typically, the prices drop the farther you get away from the ballpark, but don’t expect any thrilling savings in Boston. You’ll be lucky to find a lot for cheaper than $35, and paying $40 or $50 is a real possibility, too.
One ideal parking lot to consider is the lot directly south of Beacon Street and also within the shadow of I-90. Parking here costs $35, which is about as good as you’ll find. After parking, cut through the lot instead of walking up Brookline Avenue. You’ll be aimed directly at the mouth of Yawkey Way, which is the heart of pre-game festivities on game days.
Depending on where you’re staying, it can be convenient to leave your car behind and take the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority subway. For just $2, you can cruise in relative comfort and talk Red Sox baseball with a bunch of other fans who have the same mindset. While logic might dictate getting off at the Fenway stop, choose the Kenmore stop instead – it’s significantly closer to the ballpark. For a detailed breakdown of Boston’s subway system, click here.
Regardless of how you choose to get to Fenway Park, the key is getting there early. You won’t be able to get into Fenway until 90 minutes before first pitch, but getting to the area two to three hours before first pitch means far less traffic and plenty of opportunities to tour the area around the famed ballpark.
I visited Fenway Park in 2012, and the day of my first visit was the annual Futures at Fenway doubleheader featuring four Minor League Baseball clubs. I cruised around the park a couple times and quickly found parking for $10. A few days later, when I returned to see the Red Sox, I scoffed at the $40 and $50 parking lots and wove my way back to my $10 lot, only to see the $10 sign had been replaced with a $35 sign. It’s the most I’ve ever paid to park anywhere, but when Fenway’s on the agenda, it’s hard to be too annoyed.