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It’s All About the Sports: Sports & Activities in Boston

By Nadine Wright

Sports are a major part of Boston’s culture. We’re known for our fanatical devotion to our legendary sports teams: Boston Red Sox (baseball), New England Patriots (football), Boston Bruins (hockey), and Boston Celtics (basketball). In honor of our Patriots’ trip to the Super Bowl this weekend (GO PATS!), we highlight today some of the sports-related venues and activities you can’t miss on your next visit to Boston.

Baseball & Tours at Fenway Park
Catch a Red Sox game or get a tour of historic Fenway Park, America’s oldest ballpark. Check out the fabled “Green Monster” (or sit on top of it for a game!) and one of the last hand-operated scoreboards in the major leagues. Baseball season runs from early April to early October, but ballpark tours are available year-round. Special tours can be done for groups of 12 or more. Fenway can also play host to your special event, with capacity for 20-20,000.

Basketball, Hockey & Sports Museum at TD Garden
TD Garden is New England’s largest sports and entertainment arena. Home to the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, the Garden also hosts concerts, family shows, and other sporting events like wrestling, gymnastics, and ice skating. You can also visit The Sports Museum that features more than a half-mile of exhibits celebrating sports in Boston (and beyond). TD Garden also has the capability of hosting private events of various sizes.

The Charles River provides many opportunities to enjoy the sunshine in the warmer months. There are a number of vendors providing boat rentals for those seeking to get out on the water. The most convenient locations to downtown Boston are the Charles River Canoe & Kayak Center kiosk (kayak/canoe rentals at 1071 Soldiers Field Road, Allston) and Community Boating (sailboat/kayak rentals at 21 David Mugar Way, Beacon Hill).

College Football
Boston is home to a large number of educational institutions, all with their own various sporting teams. However, two come to the top in terms of college football: Boston College and Harvard University. Boston College has the only Division 1A football program in town and, as such, the Eagles play against some of the top teams in the country. The Harvard Crimsons play in Harvard Stadium, which was built in 1903 and is the oldest concrete stadium in the country.

Beanpot Hockey Tournament in February
A Boston tradition, the Beanpot has become Boston’s “social event of the season”. The first two Monday nights in February at the TD Garden are reserved for this annual hockey tournament featuring Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University. This tradition was started in 1952 and has become the official battle for Boston’s hockey bragging rights.

Hit the Links at Franklin Park
Franklin Park is located in the Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston. Not only is it the site of the Franklin Park Zoo, but it is also home to two, award-winning Donald Ross-designed courses. The William J. Devine Golf Course was crafted in 1896 and is open year-round, weather permitting, and offers 9- and 18-hole options. The George Wright Golf Course is a hilly and more challenging course that is open only during the warmer months.

Ice Skating
Sitting in the heart of Boston Common, the Boston Common Frog Pond has been named the best ice skating rink in the U.S. Thanks to a refrigerated surface, the Frog Pond transforms into a skating park from November to Mid-March. With the gold dome of the State House in the background, it’s a spectacular setting for private events.

For a fun, alternative night out whatever the weather, Bostonians often turn to some of our local bowling alleys. Not just a spot to bowl, these venues are fancy. Lucky Strike in Fenway offers three floors of fun in a 70,000-square-foot, multi-dimensional entertainment complex. Lucky Strike (formerly Jillian’s) has 16 bowling lanes, a full bar and lounge area, a game room featuring over 200 of the latest high-tech games from boardwalk classics to super deluxe attractions, as well as an on-site brewery, Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co., with house brewed craft beers and a full restaurant and lounge.

Alternatively, Kings Dining & Entertainment has locations nearby both of our convention centers. Kings also has a massive bowling complex with a full restaurant, billiards, arcade, and sports bar.

Both Lucky Strike and Kings can be rented out for private events.

Boston Marathon
Taking place every Patriots’ Day (the third Monday in April), the Boston Marathon is not-to-be-missed. The famed marathon welcomes more than 25,000 runners from all over the world, as fans gather to cheer along the Hopkinton-Boston 26.2 mile route.

Looking for more things to do in Boston? Check out our guide of What To Do for shopping, dining, arts & music, historic landmark, and sports & entertainment suggestions. If you are looking for areas of Boston to explore, we also have a guide to all the neighborhoods of Boston.