Boston is a sports fan’s dream come true. The city has ties to all the major leagues (NHL, NBA, MLB, and NFL) and boasts some of the most enthusiastic fans in the country. If you’re looking to catch a game or get out and play, Boston is the spot for you. When you’re visiting Beantown, make sure to get a feel of the city’s sporty side at these locations.
The Boston Red Sox have occupied Fenway Park since 1912. It’s currently the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball and even hosted the first World Series game in 1903. For 86 years, The “Curse of the Bambino” haunted the team until 2004, when the Red Sox broke the curse and won the World Series. Tickets may be hard to come by on game day. If you want to get a look at Fenway without seeing a game, the park does offer tours.
If there’s one thing about Boston is that it’s crazy about its hockey. The four area men’s collegiate clubs (Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern University) all participate in the Beanpot Tournament in February. If you’re not in town for the tourney, you can always grab a ticket for a game from October through March.
The biggest sports event in the city is the Boston Marathon. The 26.2-mile race winds through Boston’s neighborhood of Hopkinton to Copley Square. You may not qualify to run but you can always cheer on the runners. The event is held every Patriots’ Day, the third Monday in April.
The old Boston Garden may be only a memory, but you can still catch an exciting game at the new stadium. TD Garden hosts both the NBA’s Celtics and the NHL’s Bruins. The Celtics were one of the founding members of the NBA and hold the record for most championships (17). The Bruins are one of the famed Original Six teams of the NHL.
If you’re more of a doer than an observer, the Charles River provides many opportunities for outdoor activities. There is an 18-mile loop for both runners and cyclists around the bank. The Esplanade is also home to amateur sailing on the river.
Whether you enjoy watching sports or actively participating in them, make sure you take on one of these experiences when you visit Boston.