More to See Than Touchdowns and Tackles: The Meadowlands, New Jersey

Just 15 minutes from Manhattan, The Meadowlands is a perfect day trip or weekend getaway destination for anyone looking to escape the busy city life or indulge themselves in the outskirts of the Big Apple. Stay overnight and explore what the once landfill turned delicate balance of city and wildlife has to offer. Catch more than a football game while you’re in town: The local stadium hosts concerts, competitions, and festivals, while right outside the arena walls, conservation centers and outlet stores provide entertainment to all kinds of travelers.

MetLife Stadium

Unlike any other NFL facility, MetLife is home to two National Football League teams. The stadium also hosts an array of college games, concerts, competitions, and festivals. Even if you don’t have tickets to one of these events, you can experience the arena with a behind-the-scenes look on an individual or group tour. These 90-minute excursions take to you to the press box, the Giants Legacy Room, the Coaches Club, and Interview Room, as well as a trip down on the field. Admission fees are $17 per adult and $12 per child (children 4 and under are free).

Book a stay at one of the many nearby hotels so you can simply walk or catch a short ride to the stadium.

Outside the Arena Walls

Image via Flickr by Tony Fischer Photography

Wetlands and waterways framed by the New York City skyline provide miles of family-friendly trails at Richard W. DeKorte Park. Stroll these walkways, and educate yourself about the local wildlife with the park’s many interpretive signs; learn to appreciate the Meadowlands’ unique and diverse urban ecosystem. The Marsh Discovery Trail and Saw Mill Creek Trail are popular among locals for their bird-watching opportunities, family-friendliness, and tranquility. Visit the William D. McDowell Observatory to stargaze free of charge on Wednesday nights.

A bargain-hunting and retail shopper’s paradise, New Jersey does not charge tax on clothing or shoes. Between the Secaucus Outlet Center and The Plaza at Harmon Meadow, you will be set on both shopping and dining. If shopping isn’t your thing, check out Field Station: Dinosaurs for a world-class family attraction where dinosaurs come to life. Connect the story of the dinosaurs to our world today through workshops, games, and an array of activities.

This attraction is open during the summer for under $20. If you have little ones with a love for dinosaurs or you yourself are young at heart, you shouldn’t miss out on this trip back in time.

Across the River

New York City is only a short train ride away. If you’re not spending time in The Meadowlands to escape the big city, why not visit it for a day? Head into Manhattan to watch a Broadway show, check out St. Patrick’s Cathedral, stroll through Central Park, visit the Empire State Building, or marvel at Times Square. An abundance of museums can provide hours of entertainment no matter your interest. The Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, Intrepid Museum, and more are waiting to be explored.

Whether The Meadowlands is your urban escape or your metropolitan holiday, don’t overlook this destination.

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