Old North Church#15 in Best Things To Do in Boston
Most people who know anything about American history have heard of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride, when he rode through town to warn people about the arrival of British troops. Before heading off to Lexington, Revere gave orders at Old North Church. Robert Newman – the church's sexton – and Captain John Pulling Jr. – the church's vestryman – then climbed the steeple and held two lanterns as a signal (from Revere) that the British Regulars were indeed coming, but by sea.
The church itself, which is officially named Christ Church, is filled with beautiful relics from the past, including North America's oldest set of change ringing bells and chandeliers brought in from England in the early 1700s. The pews have a long history as well; Pew No. 54 was reserved for the Revere family.
According to past visitors, this North End attraction offers great insight about Boston's colonial roots. Guides and displays are informative and knowledgeable. In fact, some even claim that this historic landmark is the best stop on the Freedom Trail.
Old North Church sits on Salem Street near the Boston Inner Harbor. The historic sight is about a 10-minute walk from the Haymarket and North Station "T" stops, and a bus stop for the No. 4 bus is located within a couple blocks. Old North Church's visiting hours vary depending on the season; from April to mid-November, it welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from mid-Novemer to the end of March it's open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for adults costs $8; youths between the ages of 6 and 18 get in for $4. Children 5 and younger enter for free. If you're interested in attending church services, drop in on Sundays at 9 or 11 a.m. (attending a chuch service is free). In addition to the church's exhibits, you'll find restrooms, gardens and specialty shops on the property. Check out the Old North Church website for more information.
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#1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Four buildings – Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market – constitute Faneuil Hall Marketplace, with the oldest being Faneuil Hall. Built in 1742 and now located on the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall has had a long and important history in Massachusetts politics. Samuel Adams once stood here to push for resistance against the British, and abolitionists and suffragists have stood on their soapboxes here. In fact, this is where Jonathan Mayhew famously challenged the Sugar Act of 1764 by proclaiming, "no taxation without representation." Since Mayhew's declaration, the marketplace has expanded to include more than 100 shops and restaurants.
Some former visitors caution that the items sold at Faneuil Hall Marketplace are a bit overpriced. However, if you're looking to kill some time or snap some great photos, consider strolling through the market's halls. You'll also find various cuisines served in Quincy Market if you're in need of a quick bite. Keep in mind that this market gets crowded quickly (especially on weekends and in the summer), so it's best to visit during a weekday if you don't want to encounter hordes of people.
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