Super Bowl XLVIII, Beyond MetLife Stadium

With the National Football League and its many partners preparing to field the first ever outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl on Feb. 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, outside the MetLife Sports Complex businesses and venues of all types are also gearing up to welcome the expected 100,000 fans and visitors who will descend on the area.
The new $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium is home field of the NFL's New YorkGiants and New York Jets and other major events like the WWE’s WrestleMania this past April. The complex also hosts horse racing at the Meadowlands Racetrack and the IZOD Center that hosts concerts plus family and other special events.
IZOD center has hosted major entertainers over the years including Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones who filmed a documentary there and Glee filmed a concert there recently. Also appearing are stars like Coldplay and Justin Bieber. Beyond the excitement of the Super Bowl, towns all around the state offer great dining, attractions, historic sites and shopping that are available now.
For a night on the town visit Hoboken. It’s filled with unique dining and club spots that provide a fun and vibrant atmosphere, many establishments offer live music or DJs.
Some fantastic attractions are located in Jersey City. There’s Liberty Science Center with hundreds of exhibitions and the nation’s largest IMAX Theater. Next door is Liberty State Park where ferries take visitors to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Walk down and see the "Empty Sky" 9/11 Memorial, the State's official memorial that honors those New Jerseyans that lost their lives at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. There’s also Pole Position Raceway for indoor karting fun.
In nearby Elizabeth visit Jersey Gardens, the state’s largest outlet mall with more than 200 stores all under one roof. More shopping is available in Secaucus where visitors will find Harmon Cove Outlet Center, Secaucus Shopping Outlets and the Plaza at Harmon Meadows.
Located just 15 minutes south of the Meadowlands, the greater Newark area houses a myriad of world class arts and entertainment venues. You’ll find NJ’s largest museum, the Newark Museum, that has more than 80 innovative galleries, offering visitors of all ages the opportunity to encounter renowned American and Tibetan collections, sculpture gardens, The Ballantine House a historic Victorian mansion and even a Planetarium.
Catch star-studded performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where you’ll find options for every musical taste. From Yo-Yo Ma to Aretha Franklin, Broadway tours, stand up comics and even dance troupes like Alvin Ailey grace the stage. Next stop, the Rock (Prudential Center), home to the NHL Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball, as well as great performers and mega artists like Radiohead, The Who and Bruce Springsteen.
Be transported by Newark's Ironbound district and experience the culinary delights of Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian cuisine. Join the stampede over at Red Bull Arena, in Harrison, for action packed major league soccer.
Take in a bit of history at Newark Symphony Hall where legends like Gershwin, Patti LaBelle and the O’Jays have performed. Newark is one of America’s oldest destinations and a treasure trove of cultural and architectural gems in a bustling cosmopolitan center.
West Orange boasts a number of fun attractions including Turtle Back Zoo with 20 acres of family fun and more than 150 species from around the world are featured in naturalistic habitats. Get face-to-face with kangaroos, penguins, wolves, monkeys and giant lizards.
Built right next to the zoo is the Treetop Adventure Course, an aerial obstacle like no other. Designed and built in the trees, each tree is equipped with a platform and visitors traverse from platform to platform through a variety of “elements” that will make the trip a challenge.
Also in West Orange is Thomas Edison National Historical Park, where Edison worked and lived from 1886 until his death 1931. It was in the Laboratory Complex that he developed the phonograph, storage battery and motion picture camera.
Englewood is home to the bergen Performing Arts Center that presents world-class entertainment in an acoustically superior theater. To the west is Morristown an arts, culture and historic haven. Great entertainment can be found at the Bickford Theatre, part of the Morris Museum. And there’s the Mayo Performing Arts Center that offers theatre, music, dance, comedy and children’s performances.
Visit Morristown National Historic Park, America's first national historical park on 1,676 acres, including a three-mile tour road, 27 miles of hiking trails, a visitor center, 18th century farm and several reconstructed soldiers huts. Tours, special events and re-enactments are held throughout the year.
The park is home to Gen. George Washington's Headquarters and main encampments of the American Continental Army during two critical winters of the Revolutionary War, 1777 and 1779. A short drive from Morristown is the Mall at Short Hills that features a unique collection of more than 175 quality stores and restaurants, all under one roof.
Outside the Meadowlands metropolitan area, the state has hundreds of other attractions for visitors including Atlantic City, the gaming capital of the east coast, which also features fabulous shows, dining and shopping. Or, there’s the Long Beach Island region with its laid-back atmosphere that provides visitors with a relaxing aura, but the 18 miles of beautiful white sand beaches are the true gems of the Region. Visitors will experience an area that is not only rich in natural sand beaches, delectable restaurants and unique shops, but has a wealth of exciting events year-round.
The Camden Waterfront features the Battleship New Jersey - a floating museum. There’s also Adventure Aquarium and Susquehanna Bank Center for year-round concerts. New Jersey’s “great northwest” features beautiful farms and wineries, snow skiing, a major water park and great golfing.
And there’s Cape May and the Wildwoods in the south that offer year round events, dining and seaside attractions. For a comprehensive statewide listing of attractions, accommodations and events go to and click on the New Jersey Travel Guide and Festival & Events or order the printed editions at 609-292-2470.


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