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Bostonians may bemoan its popularity with tourists, but this market complex deserves all the attention and accolades it has received since its revitalization in the mid-1970s. Once the pulsing center of Boston mercantile activity, the area fell into disrepair in the 1930s. Today, however, millions of visitors are testimony to its newfound vitality as a shopping and dining destination.

  • “T” station: Government Center (green/blue line)

  • 617 523 1300

Great Hall, Faneuil Hall

  • Open 9am–5pm daily

  • Free

Museum of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company: Faneuil Hall

  • 617 227 1638

  • Open 9am–3pm Mon–Fri

  • free

Quincy Market

  • Open 10am– 10 pm Mon–Sat, noon– 6pm Sun


The soup crocks at Boston Chowda Co in Quincy Market are brimming with piping-hot seafood and veggie chowders.


The National Park Service conducts free historical lectures in Faneuil Hall’s Great Hall every half-hour from 9am–4:30pm.


Purchase discounted day-of-performance theater tickets at the BosTix kiosk on Faneuil Hall’s south side. Cash only.

  • Open 10am–6pm Tue–Sat, 11am–4pm Sun.


Top 10 Attractions
  1. Quincy Market

    Quincy Market functioned from 1825 to the 1960s as the city’s wholesale food distribution center. By the 1980s, the market had been revived, the grand atrium restored, and a food court opened.

    Exterior Quincy Market
  2. Faneuil Hall

    Peter Faneuil, an influential French Huguenot merchant, donated the hall to Boston in 1742. Today, the first floor is devoted to souvenir vendors, while the second floor is dominated by the Great Hall, where town meetings once took place.

  3. Museum of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company

    Assembled in 1638 to defend the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the company has held court on Faneuil Hall’s fourth floor since 1746. The museum boasts war memorabilia dating from the Revolution to the War on Terrorism.

  4. Pushcart Vendors

    A “fleet” of more than 40 pushcart vendors are scattered throughout the marketplace and tempt visitors with a delightfully eclectic, often eccentric, array of merchandise from T-shirts to jewellery made by local artisans.

  5. North & South Markets

    Flanking each side of Quincy Market, these revitalized brick warehouses are filled with name-brand shops and many unique restaurants.

  6. Blackstone Block

    Bounded by Congress, Hanover, Blackstone, and North streets, this block is as old world as Boston gets. The city’s first commercial district, named after Boston’s first settler, William Blaxton, took root here during the 17th century. Two of the country’s oldest dining and drinking establishments – the Union Oyster House and Green Dragon Tavern – call the block home.

  7. Haymarket Square

    Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, vendors hawk the day’s bounty with abandon. Yet for all its boisterous chaos, the Haymarket handsomely rewards with cheap, fresh produce.

  8. Samuel Adams Statue

    The city’s favorite brewer and patriot is immortalized in front of Faneuil Hall, where he delivered some of the Revolutionary era’s most impassioned speeches . Local sculptor Anne Whitney was commissioned to design the statue in 1880.

  9. Holocaust Memorial

    This 1995 memorial comprises six glass columns, symbolizing the Nazis’ principal death camps. Each column bears the numbers of one million victims, evoking the six million lives destroyed under Hitler.

  10. Boston Stone

    Some claim this curious landmark was once the measuring point from which all distances to and from Boston were calculated. The stone is embedded into a brick wall at the corner of Marshall Street and Salt Lane.

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