The Hidden Gem of Fenway
Written by Jack Beck
Fenway, of course, is known for baseball, and everything that comes with it. Visit the area and you’re guaranteed to find seas of red & white jerseys along with stands selling Fenway Franks and ballpark peanuts. But beyond the baseball and its iconic culture, Boston’s Fenway neighborhood holds one of the city's greatest hidden gems: The Fens. At this centuries-old park, you can find some of the most interesting and gorgeous walks in the entire city.
It’s hard to imagine it while you’re standing in the cityscape our hotel is centered in, but a two-minute walk from our front door will take you to one of the greatest and most unique outdoor locations in Boston. To get to the Fens, just make a left out of our parking lot and walk two blocks. Then, on your right, you’ll see the entrance to the park, unfolding from the city seemingly out of nowhere.
The Fens is filled with winding, aimless trails that will take you throughout the entire park, and the best way to experience it definitely by exploring without any map or any plan. Along the way, you’ll find amazing gardens, green spaces, and memorials scattered throughout the park. You’ll come across the Victory Gardens, where local residents can lease out their own to plots to give each plot its own special charm. Beyond that rests landmarks ranging from the stoic Veterans Memorial Park to the sprawling Kelleher Rose Garden, and everything imaginable in-between. With its maze-like layout revealing new quirks at every turn, what starts as a brief stroll through The Fens can easily become a full-scale adventure.
The Fens is part of The Emerald Necklace, a unique chain of parks that make it so all of Boston’s largest green spaces are connected. It’s possible to walk through the entire 1000+ acre necklace without ever leaving a park, and exploring anywhere along the Emerald Necklace is a fantastic way to get away from the busy Boston streets and spend a bit of time relaxing with nature. The Emerald Necklace Conservancy works to maintain all of the parks in this system, and their visitors center is located in The Fens. You can drop by there to get maps, info, and any other help you would need.