Faneuil Hall and Marketplace
Faneuil Hall was originally built in 1742 as a public market house and has been the site of famous speeches from Samuel Adams, James Otis and others fighting for independence. On the property, you can see the 19th-century sculpture of Samuel Adams and inside are busts and portraits of past presidents and historical notables. Today the Hall is used as part of the Marketplace and the original trading floor is filled with shops and eateries while there is a museum and armory on the third floor. The Marketplace has three buildings, the North and South Market buildings and Quincy Market, all making up the indoor/outdoor mall of stores and restaurants. If you are desiring a tour, the National Park Services gives historical talks daily and the Freedom Trail Foundation passes its tours through the Marketplace.
Walk through the mall and marvel at the street performers with the cheering crowds. Visit the bar Cheers, modeled after the Boston based TV show and walk away with a souvenir from the Cheers gift shop. The Marketplace is within close walking distance of other attractions such as the New England Aquarium, the Children’s Museum, the Old State House, and Paul Revere’s House. Bordered by the waterfront, the government center, the financial district, and the North End, Faneuil Hall and Marketplace is central to much of Boston’s attractions.
The open plan and historical significance of the Hall and Marketplace make this a wonderful place to bring a group. Why go to a modern, closed-in mall when you can walk out of your favorite stores and find a performer twirling fire-lit batons or grab a soft pretzel while walking through a historical site? Come and bring your group down to the Marketplace and spend some time soaking in the history with your new purchases by your side and ice cream in your hand.