Fenway-Kenmore Self Guided Walking Tour and Printable Map
Fenway-Kenmore is a cosmopolitan neighborhood that was originally designed to attract affluent families. The community consists of several distinct subdivisions, including Audubon Circle, Kenmore Square as well as East and West Fenway. Once a malodorous marshland, this vibrant community became a center for medicine, culture and education at the turn of 20th century. Renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted created Audubon Circle, which is renowned for its major crossroads and fashionable residential district.
Olmsted also created the Back Bay Fens, a resplendent urban green space, which is locally known as the Fens. The park encompasses several historic gardens, athletic fields, numerous monuments and other public art works as well as a wide variety of native plants and trees. It is also home to portions of the Harvard Medical School, Boston Conservancy and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The Fens served as the inspiration for the neighborhood’s name as well as the famous baseball park.
Kenmore Square is where visitors find the Fenway Park baseball stadium and the famous CITGO sign that frequently appears in the background of Red Sox home games. The square is also the easternmost point on U.S. Route 20, America’s longest road. Other well-known cultural landmarks include the Gardner Museum that houses a world-renowned collection of American, Asian and European paintings, sculptures, tapestries and manuscripts. The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest and most visited museums in the country. Its collection totals more than 450,000 pieces. Boasting some of the best acoustics in the world, Symphony Hall is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, one of the top five orchestras in the nation, and the highly regarded Boston Pops Orchestra.