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Unique Marketplace Centers Offer Travelers Culture,History and Waterfront Views

eTN  Sep 05, 2008

America’s Premier Shopping Places offers a special collection of colorful marketplace centers known not only for their unique combination of retail and restaurants, but also for their downtown and waterfront locations, their annual festivals and concerts, and their close proximity to cultural attractions and historic landmarks.

Located along the eastern seaboard and gulf coast, America’s Premier Shopping Places’ Marketplace centers include Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Boston, Massachusetts), South Street Seaport (New York City, New York), Harborplace & The Gallery at Harborplace (Baltimore, Maryland), Riverwalk Marketplace (New Orleans, Louisiana) and Bayside Marketplace (Miami, Florida).

These Marketplace centers are high-profile, iconic properties with international recognition and visitation. They draw an ever changing local, regional, national and international visitor and are often times the #1 tourism attractions in their destinations.

To the north, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is one of Boston’s most historic landmarks, comprised of three impeccably restored 19th century buildings. The property boasts an unsurpassed collection of over 50 dining options, including the world famous Quincy Market Colonnade, one of the largest and most heavily trafficked food halls in the world. Full service dining options include Todd English’s Kingfish Hall, McCormick and Schmick’s, Cheers, Dick’s Last Resort and Wagamama – the first to open in the United States. Retail options include a wide array of local specialty shops along with well known national stores such as Crate & Barrel, Coach, and Build-a-Bear Workshop/Friends 2B Made Boston flagship store. Nearby attractions include the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, JFK Library and Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Duck Tours.

South Street Seaport is located in New York City’s lower Manhattan district. Its historic atmosphere and location on the East River make it one of New York City’s top attractions with a stellar view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Dining options include Harbour Lights (Seafood and Steaks), Red (Tex Mex cuisine), Cabana (Nueva Latina), Il Porto (Italian cuisine) and Heartland Brewery. Abercrombie & Fitch, GUESS, Victoria’s Secret, J.Crew and Brookstone all welcome guests from near and far. Activity options include the NY Waterway Cruises, Battery Park, a maritime museum and the highly acclaimed “Bodies, The Exhibition”. South Street Seaport is currently in the midst of redevelopment to enhance the visitor experience with new retailers, restaurants and world-class entertainment.

Harborplace & The Gallery are truly in the heart of downtown Baltimore at the famed Inner Harbor. Harborplace includes the Pratt Street and Light Street Pavilions located along the waterfront, and The Gallery, a four story glass-enclosed atrium connected to the Marriott Renaissance Hotel. The property is flanked by the National Aquarium, The USS Constellation, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, The Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore CVB Visitors’ Center. Harborplace boasts favorite restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, M&S Grill and California Pizza Kitchen, plus great retail names like Brooks Brothers, J.Crew, bluemercury and Coach.

Riverwalk Marketplace offers the best of both worlds - great national retailers and a collection of local specialty shops. From shoes to spices, jewelry to jazz music, perfume to pralines, Riverwalk is the premier retail attraction in New Orleans. Located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the New Orleans Morial Convention Center and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Riverwalk is home to more than 100 shops, eateries and attractions including, Gap, Brookstone, Clarks, Ann Taylor LOFT and the new Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Riverwalk is conveniently connected to The Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the largest hotel in the city. Nationally-known stores and locally-loved shops plus a Food Court with great regional cuisine and wonderful river views ensure the visitor a true New Orleans experience. Riverwalk is also a Louisiana Tax Free Shopping (LTFS) zone, offering tax-free shopping to international visitors and hosts the only downtown LTFS refund center.

Bayside Marketplace delivers the true flavor of Miami in an open-air center located on beautiful Biscayne Bay in the heart of downtown Miami. After shopping at Bayside’s 140 stores, visitors can select from a variety of restaurant’s including Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Fat Tuesday, and Hard Rock Café. Families enjoy the Bayside Food Court offering casual dining with an international flair. Complimentary concerts and special events are offered throughout the year at the water’s edge. Boat tours, Miami Seaquarium, Parrot Jungle Island and Miami Art Museum are located nearby.

America's Premier Shopping Places is an award-winning branded collection of tourism-oriented shopping centers located throughout the United States which are owned and/or managed by General Growth Properties, Inc. The centers are located in the heart of America's best-loved cities as well as along America's scenic highways and byways, attracting millions of visitors annually from around the world. For a complete listing of destinations and further information, along with high-resolution photos, visit or contact Kathy Anderson, Travel & Tourism Manager at

General Growth Properties, Inc. is the second largest U.S.-based publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) based upon market capitalization. General Growth has ownership interest or management responsibility for a portfolio of more than 200 regional shopping malls in 45 states, as well as ownership interest in master-planned community developments and commercial office centers. General Growth’s international portfolio includes ownership and management interest in shopping centers in Brazil and Turkey. The Company’s portfolio totals approximately 200 million square feet and includes more than 24,000 retail stores nationwide. General Growth Properties, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP.

Unique Marketplace Centers Offer Travelers Culture,History and Waterfront Views

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