Sports Tourism in Massachusetts

Boston sports fanatic?  Check out our list of statues, museums, restaurants and more that honor some of the best athletes and teams to represent Massachusetts, from the bronze statue of Red Auerbach and his infamous cigar in Faneuil Hall to the Bleacher Bar, located right next to center field in Fenway Park.  Sports tourism in Massachusetts is truly top-notch. And be sure to check back in at http://www.masportsoffice.com/ for any upcoming sporting events in Massachusetts!

 

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Statutes:

Bobby Orr – TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

This tribute to Bobby Orr celebrates his unforgettable goal to win the Stanley Cup finals on May 10, 1970.

 

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Larry Bird plaque – Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

This plaque is to commemorate Larry Bird for his decorated career with the Boston Celtics and induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Bill Rodgers plaque – Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

The plaque, located next to the Red Auerbach statue, is to honor Bill Rodgers’ induction into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1999.  Rodgers is best known for winning the Boston Marathon four times.

 

Johnny Kelley – Walnut Street, Newton, MA 02466

The statue honoring Johnny Kelley is located on the Boston Marathon route up Heartbreak Hill in Newton.  A long distance runner from West Medford, MA, Johnny Kelley ran the Boston Marathon 61 times.   Kelley won the marathon twice, in 1935 and in 1945, and was also a top five finisher 15 times.

 

Cy Young – Northeastern University outside their Cabot Center, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

The location of the Cy Young statue shows exactly where the pitcher’s mound was for the first World Series old Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds.   Considered one of the best pitchers of all time, Cy Young won the Boston Americans their first World Series in 1903.

 

Doug Flutie – Boston College outside Alumni Stadium, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Doug Flutie, a Boston College alumnus, is honored in statue for his famous game winning Hail Mary pass in 1984 against Miami.  Known as “The Pass”, it is considered one of the best moments in college sports history.  Flutie was also honored with the Heisman Trophy that year.  Flutie eventually went on to play in the NFL, including for the New England Patriots as a quarterback.

 

Harold Connolly – 20 Warren Street Brighton, Massachusetts 02135, Brighton, MA

A local to Brighton and a Boston College alum, Harold Connolly was an Olympic hammer thrower.  He won the gold medal at the 1956 Olympics in Australia, and held the World Record for hammer throwing from 1956 to 1965.

 

James Brendan Connolly – Joe Moakley Park in South Boston This statue was erected to commemorate James Brendan Connolly and his first place win in the triple jump in the first modern Olympics.  The statue is located in Moakley Park in South Boston, where Connolly was raised.

 

Red Auerbach – Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109 The statue memorializes the renowned Basketball Hall of Famer Red Auerbach for his time coaching the Boston Celtics for 16 years, and leading the Celtics through a dynasty.   The statue can be found right next to the Larry Bird plaque in Faneuil Hall.

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The Teammates – Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215

Red Sox legends Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky are immortalized outside Fenway Park.  The statue shows the men as they were in 1946, when they were leading the Boston Red Sox to the World Series.

 

Ted Williams – Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215

At the gate B entrance to Fenway Park, a statue of Ted William placing a baseball cap on a child is shown.  Ted Williams is honored for his legendary career as a Red Sox, and for his work for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund.

 

Harry Agganis – Agganis Arena at Boston University, 925 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

The statue of Harry Agganis honors his short but impactful career and life.  Agganis played football and baseball at Boston University and went on to play for the Boston Red Sox as a first baseman until his death in 1955.

 

 

Bars/Restaurants:

Lansdowne Street – Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

This block is filled with Irish flair and is located on one side of Fenway Park.  The street is lined with different nightlife spots, including bars, restaurants, and the House of Blues Boston.

 

Game On! – 82 Landsdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

A multimedia sports bar with casual American dining located right next to Fenway Park.  Equipped with over 90 TVs and surround sound, there is no bad seat in the house!

 

Bleacher Bar – Lansdowne Street/Fenway Park – 82 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

Located under the bleachers in Fenway Park near the Ted Williams Red Seat, Bleacher Bar is unlike any other bar in Boston.  It has a view of looking out into centerfield of the park, the only bar with a view of its kind.  If you’re lucky enough to get a seat in the summer, you might be able to catch a home game for free!

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Canal Street – Canal Street, Boston, MA 02215

Opposite the TD Garden, Canal Street is a great destination before or after a Celtics or Bruins game. There are many restaurant options and bars that do not disappoint.

 

The Greatest Bar – 262 Friend St, Boston, MA 02114

Across from the TD Garden, The Greatest Bar has 24 high definition TVs. It is known for being the only Boston bar on TV after the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series and have the biggest HDTV in Boston at 14 feet high.

 

The Banshee – 934 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA

The best bar in the Greater Boston to watch domestic and European sports games (primarily soccer). The Banshee serves mostly Irish cuisine.

 

Jerry Remy’s – 250 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Located in the Seaport, Jerry Remy’s offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant, owned and operated by the ex-Red Sox player Jerry Remy himself, contains many TVs for viewing games and offers an extensive menu with plenty of choices (including paleo, gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options along with a children’s menu).

 

Stadium - 232 Old Colony Ave, South Boston, MA 02127

Stadium offers quick service and American cuisine. There is also space for private functions.

 

Shoppers Café – 731 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

Shoppers Café is a family-owned sports bar and restaurant.  It is more than just a sports bar as they host card tournaments and serve American cuisine.

 

Champions – 110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116 (located in Boston Marriott Copley Place)

Located in the Back Bay, Champions has become one of the hot spots for sports entertainment.  Enjoy the game on one of the 36 HDTV’s, while enjoying American cuisine, creative cocktails or one of the 36 beers on tap.

 

Baseball Tavern – 1270 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215

Located just a few steps from Yawkey Way, the Baseball Tavern is a hot spot for Red Sox fans.  The Baseball Tavern offers 3 floors for dining, provides Big-Screen, High Definition TVs for game viewing, and has a great view of Fenway Park from the roof deck.

 

 

Museums:

Fenway Park tours4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215

Home of the Boston Red Sox and the oldest baseball park in the country.

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Sports Museum – TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

See a little bit of everything at the Sports Museum.  There something to make everyone happy from Beanpot hockey exhibits to Adam Vinatieri’s Super Bowl winning shoes.

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Activities: 

Marathon Finish Line – Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 (midway between Exeter and Dartmouth Streets in front of the Boston Public Library)

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and ranks as one of the world’s best known road races.  The marathon began in 1897, and now attracts about 30,000 runners from around the world.  About 500,000 spectators attend each year, making it the most widely viewed sport in New England.

 

Frog Pond – 84 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

Located right in the Boston Common, Frog Pond skating is a tradition Bostonians look forward to every single year.

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North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley

 

Parks:

Edward A. LeLacheur Park – 450 Aiken Street, Lowell, MA 01854

LeLacheur Park is home to the Lowell Spinners, the Class A Short Season Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the UMass Lowell Ricer Hawks baseball team. The stadium features the Giant Hood Milk Jug from Fenway Park, as well as all Red Sox retired numbers.

 

 

South of Boston

 

Bars/Restaurants:

CBS Scene – 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035

CBS Scene is a three-story upscale restaurant equipped with over 145 high definition TV’s to bring the games to you. The restaurant location is perfect, as the outdoor seating has a view of Gillette Stadium.

 

 

Museums:

Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame and Museum – 300 Arnold Palmer Boulevard. Norton. MA. 02766

The museum and Hall of Fame look to preserve the history of the game of golf through interactive stories and exhibits, photos and more.

 

Patriots Hall of Fame – 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035

The Hall at Patriot Place has many interactive exhibits that honor the Patriots, both past and present, as well as giving a look at the entire history of the team.

 

 

Activities:

Blue Hills Reservation695 Hillside St, Milton, MA 02186

There are 7,000 acres of Blue Hills that go from Quincy to Dedham.  There are many trails to follow – all a different level of difficulty.  After a long day of hiking, relax on the sandy beach of the lake.

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Central MA

 

Parks:

Marathon Park – Pleasant Street, Ashland, MA 01721

Ashland is home to the original starting line of the Boston Marathon when it began in 1897.  The starting line was moved to Hopkinton in 1924 when the race distance was increased to 26.2 miles, but the marathon still passes through Ashland each year.

 

 

Activities:

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area499 Mountain Rd, Princeton, MA 01541

Hit the slopes on the mountain or attend one of the many events at the ski area. Wachusett Mountain Ski Area sets itself apart with its Suite Boxes, a place to host events but cozy enough to feel like you’re in your living room.

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Western MA

 

Bars/Restaurants:

Mazcots – 490 Pittsfield Rd, Lenox, MA 01240

Prided with on always having the game on, Mazcots is a great sports bar and grill in Western Massachusetts.  Located in the Berkshires, this is one of the best sports bars with great American cuisine.  They share owners with Mazzeos, located right down the street.

 

Christopher’s Sports Tavern – 360 Cooley St, Springfield, MA 01128

Christopher’s brings an upscale vibe to the sports bar scene. The restaurant, located in Springfield, serves American food in a relaxed environment.

 

Champion Sports Bar – Tower Square Shops, 2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA 01115

This bar is located inside the Marriott Springfield.  It has a friendly and casual environment.  A voice box to hear the commentator is a fun addition at each table.

 

 

Museums:

Basketball Hall of Fame – 1000 W Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA 01105

The Basketball Hall of Fame has over 300 inductees and exhibits covering the history of them and basketball in general.

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Volleyball Hall of Fame – 444 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA 01040

The Volleyball Hall of Fame has over 125 inductees and exhibits covering the history of them and volleyball in general.

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Activities:

Zoar Outdoor – 7 Main Street/mohawk Trail, Rt. 2, Box 245, Charlemont, MA 01339

Zoar Outdoor offers a premier experience for camping and outdoor activities. They are known for their rafting, but also have zip lining, rock climbing and other fun outdoor adventures.

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Berkshire East Canopy Tours & Ski Area – 66 Thunder Mountain Road, Charlemont, MA 01339

Berkshire East is a mountain resort that has skiing, tubing, a mountain coaster and zip lining. It is considered one of Western, Massachusetts’ prized attractions.

 

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and Adventure Park – 37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA 01237

In the heart of the Berkshires, Jiminy Peak is a go-to for skiing in the winter and adventures in the summer.

 

Butternut Ski Area – 380 State Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230

Butternut is a family oriented ski area in Western, Massachusetts known for its great trails and affordability.

 

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