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So you’re in town for The Big Game; you know,
the important football game that will be held in February? It’s the first
outdoor, cold-weather game and the first to take place in the region (as well
as the first game to be hosted by two states). The 2014 match-up is sure to be
memorable, but what do you do with your down time? Whether you fly into New
York or New Jersey to root for your favorite team, take in sights on both sides
of the Hudson, either before kickoff or after the last touchdown.
In New York City:
When it comes to the City, there’s almost too
much to list. Visiting the usual suspects—Times Square, Union Square
Greenmarket, MoMa, The Met, et al.—goes without saying. If you’ve never visited
New York before, those are solid suggestions to hit up. You won’t be
disappointed. If you want an experience that’s just a little different, though,
here are two suggestions offering a different side of NYC.
At the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum,
located at Manhattan’s Pier 86, visitors can explore interactive exhibits and
examine original artifacts. Highlights include the recently reopened Space
Shuttle Pavilion, which houses the NASA Enterprise, and the namesake aircraft
carrier USS Intrepid, which fought in World War II and
survived five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike.
Located on 28-acres abutting the Hudson River
in Manhattan, Chelsea Piers is a sports and entertainment center offering a
slew of activities. It’s a one-stop shop for physical fitness, with drop-in
programs, a driving range, rock-climbing wall and ice-skating.
In New Jersey:
it’s only a 20 minute-$2.50 PATH ride from Manhattan’s west side, Hoboken may
as well be a world away for most New Yorkers. Since you’re in town for the Big
Game anyway, take the time to check out this extremely walkable city, which
clocks in at a little more than one square mile. For Instagram-perfect views of
the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, especially at night if you want to see the Big Apple sparkle. Walk
in the footsteps of Hoboken’s favorite native son, Frank Sinatra, with a tour
map from Hoboken Historical Museum. For some hustle and bustle, visit historic Washington Street, the city’s trendy shopping and restaurant
Also worth visiting is Jersey City, accessible via PATH train. For some culture, stop by the Curious Matter gallery, a contemporary art space which hosts individual and group exhibitions. A visit to Liberty State Park results in panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. For a dose of history, visit Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ), where visitors can learn about the terminal’s past relationship with Lady Liberty and the immigrants who passed through on their way to start new lives in the US. The family-friendly Liberty Science Center also calls Liberty State Park home. Dozens of interactive exhibits and rotating attractions make this center a must-visit if under-stimulated tykes are in tow.
Even if you aren’t visiting for The
Big Game, these sights are great to visit any time of year!