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Faneuil Hall Historic Site

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Address: Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, MA 02109
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Designed by Charles Bulfinch, this historic building hosted such events as...

Designed by Charles Bulfinch, this historic building hosted such events as America's first town meeting and John F. Kennedy's last campaign speech.

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When the weather is good the square becomes alive with some food stalls and live entertainment. Faneuil Hall itself has important historical connotations for Bostonians. It is... read more

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Stuart H
Dunchurch, United Kingdom
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Sydney, Canada
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Faneuil Hall is part of the large downtown marketplace and houses a visitors centre as well as a museum that’s operated by the Boston National Historic Park. The many souvenir shops and kiosks on the main floor are a distraction from the historic importance of the building sometimes described as the Cradle of Liberty.

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Dunchurch, United Kingdom
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When the weather is good the square becomes alive with some food stalls and live entertainment. Faneuil Hall itself has important historical connotations for Bostonians. It is also a venue where those seeking American Citizenship are sworn in.

Thank Stuart H
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Once we finally figured out that the historical park part of the building was upstairs, we enjoyed walking around and talking to the park rangers. We also appreciated that this was one of the few major sites on the Freedom Trail that had free admission. However, the fact that they installed a shopping mall on the first floor of the... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Although there is a museum in the building upstairs, the rest of this great historic building is occupied by cheap souvenir shops selling the usual tourist junk that even few tourists would buy. A shame - keeping the whole building as a museum would have been much better.

Thank Eva F
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place for a family to spend a half day or so. We visited the Boston Marathon Weekend, so it was quite nice to see so many fit people in Boston Marathon uniforms, which inspired my kids to run after the Boston trip.

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Faneuil Hall really allowed us to get a glimpse into the old Boston, with its charming cobblestone walkways and historic buildings. Even the Farmers Market felt transported back in time! Lovely!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see for anyone who loves American History. This hall is run by the National Parks system and you will hear some amazing stories relating to our founding fathers as they debated breaking free from Great Britain some 240+ years ago.

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Midland, Michigan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good to see some history despite all the shops aimed at tourists now. Still we enjoyed the break in our trip along the trail to do some shopping.

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Marion, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the shops on the first floor with the unique gifts they had to offer. The hall upstairs was very interesting. A National Park Service guide was telling about the history of the hall. We loved it. The museum on the third floor was really nice as well.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited early in the season, so the market was not in full swing. Historical, beautiful building but not much going on. Maybe it picks up in the summer.

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
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