Boston is a great sports town. The Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins have been outstanding in recent years. The Revolution (soccer) are less impressive but usually competitive. Fenway Park is only a 10-minute walk from the hospital (~5 blocks) and the BankNorth Garden, where the Celtics and Bruins play, is a short subway ride. The Patriots and Revolution play in Foxboro, MA, which is about 20 miles south of the city.
For those who prefer participatory sports, the Harvard University Athletic Facilities and Harvard Medical School Athletic Facilities are available for a small fee. Harvard University offers facilities for indoor and outdoor tennis, swimming and diving, ice skating, jogging, squash, basketball, baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, volleyball, rowing, and sailing, plus others, and extensive exercise and weight training. The Medical School has a gymnasium, squash courts, cardiovascular and strength training equipment and an outdoor tennis court. Groups like the Boston Ski and Sports Club organize year round sports leagues, as well as sporting trips.
Boston is a great running and biking city. There are numerous Bikeways, particularly along the Charles River and through the ‘Emerald Necklace’ string of parks, which lies just 3 blocks from the Longwood area. The same routes are popular for running. For serious runners, the famous Boston Marathon occurs each spring on Patriots Day, which is a local holiday, allowing those who wish to run, to participate. Many housestaff and faculty do.
Golfers have many opportunities in the Boston area. There are 102 18-hole public courses within an hour of Boston including many award winning courses such as Pinehills in Plymouth, Red Tail in Devens, Shaker Hills in the town of Harvard, Shining Rock in Northbridge, Butter Brook in Westford, Stow Acres in Stow, and George Wright in Hyde Park, the latter a Boston Municipal course designed by Donald Ross.