Paul Revere House#21 in Best Things To Do in Boston
For a glimpse of what life was like in the late 1700s, head to Paul Revere's former residence in the North End. The house, which is situated on the Freedom Trail, offers insight into how homes looked in Revere's time (it's even filled with period pieces, including fine silver). Inside, history fans can admire the building's sweeping beams, spacious fireplaces and some original furnishings owned by the Revere family.
If you like American history, former travelers said you'll enjoy seeing the Paul Revere House. This house is small, though, so don't allot more than an hour to tour the property. Also, arrive early if you don't want to deal with crowds.
The Paul Revere House sits within walking distance of Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Old North Church, as well as the Haymarket and Aquarium "T" stations. Street parking is limited in the North End, so it's best to use public transportation or a taxi to get to here. Entry costs $5 for adults, $4.50 for college students and $1 for children ages 5 to 17 and includes a self-guided tour of the home. (Admission fees are covered for travelers with Go Boston Cards.) The property is open daily (excluding select holidays and Mondays in January, February and March) and hours depend on the season. Generally, the house welcomes visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 or 5:15 p.m. A gift shop is available, but there are no additional facilities on-site. For more information about the house, visit its website.
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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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