The Curse of the Bambino hasn't been around since 2004, and this year is no different with the Red Sox taking the World Series. MVP Steve Pearce, Mookie Betts, and the rest of this year's stellar lineup are taking to the streets of Back Bay and downtown Boston in honor of their incredible victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Boston tradition calls for a Duck Boat parade down Boylston Street whenever one of our sports teams notches a championship win, and 2018 is the year of the Red Sox! The crowds are already lining up, and the Red Sox Duck Boats will roll out of Fenway at 11am to a crowd of cheering fans. Here are our picks for your best spots to watch:
- Boylston Street in Fenway: The MBTA Green Line will be your friend today in order to get to most of the viewing points. Hope aboard any outbound Green Line train to Kenmore Station, and you'll be at the start of the parade (and in the shadows of Fenway Park). Round the historic ballpark to Boylston Street to get the best view of the Red Sox rolling out of Fenway to get today's party started. Afterward, check out some of the numerous dining options, including Eventide (1321 Boylston St., Boston) for some of the best oysters and lobster rolls in town.
- Copley Square: All Green Line trains stop at Copley, and it will likely be the best – and busiest – spot to watch along the route. Home to the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, and the Hancock Tower, Copley Square is both a historic enclave perfect for architecture lovers as well as where most local news stations will be broadcasting the day's events. If you can squeeze in, it will be a great spot to get a view of the team and revel with few hundred thousand of your closest friends.
- Boston Common: Boylston and Tremont Streets around Boston's original two Green Monsters (the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common) will be a favorite for college students and downtown office workers who pack the surrounding buildings each day. Arlington, Boylston, and Park Street stations (all accessible by the Green Line, and Park Street is also reached via Red Line) will all bring you to the heart of the parade. Once you've had your fill of the Red Sox, be sure to explore the nearby leafy retreats to unwind.
- Government Center: The Government Center MBTA station will bring you to City Hall Plaza, where Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will greet the victorious team. If past Duck Boat tours have taught us anything, this is usually where the winning team begins to let loose, so this may be your most entertaining spot to spectate (it's also one of the closest to Seaport). Once the boats have rolled by, walk down the City Hall steps to Faneuil Hall (4 S. Market St., Boston) or Boston Public Market (100 Hanover St., Boston) for great foodie and souvenir finds!