Things to Do If You're in Town for the Super Bowl
NEW YORK (MainStreet) An estimated 400,000 people are headed to New Jersey for the Super Bowl, many of whom have already paid a premium for hotel and airfare and of course tickets to the game. According to the Super Bowl Host Committee, over $500 million from tourism will flood the local economy. For visitors looking to make the most of the trip without spending a fortune, here are our top picks.
Celebrity Beach Bowl
One of the most entertaining events leading up to the Super Bowl is likely to be the annual Celebrity Beach Bowl, a spirited game of flag football played by celebrities and athletes. There's a tailgate beforehand, and a concert featuring Paramore after the game. This free event takes place on February 1st at Pier 40 in Manhattan's Hudson River Park and is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. In other words, get there early if you want to get in. Doors open at 10am. Learn more at here.
Super Bowl Boulevard, Times Square
Beginning Wednesday, January 29, Times Square will be transformed into Super Bowl Boulevard, with a slew of football-themed experiences and events. Admission is free, though you'll have to pay to play for some activities, like the enormous seven-story toboggan slide. You can learn more at TimesSquareNYC.org.
Statue of Liberty
You can't come to this part of the country without paying a visit to Lady Liberty. Ferries to the Statue of Liberty as well as Ellis Island depart from Liberty State Park in New Jersey or Battery Park in New York. Guided tours are free, but if you're hoping to climb to the pedestal or crown you'll need to reserve that in advance. More information is available on the National Park Service website as well as statuecruises.com.
VH1's Super Bowl Blitz
VH1 is going all out this year by hosting six different concerts throughout New York and New Jersey during the week before the Super Bowl. Free tickets will be made available at various times, so if you're interested, you should pay close attention to the VH1 Twitter feed for details. You can also check out SuperBowl.VH1.com to learn who's playing and where.
--Written by Lauren Lyons Cole for MainStreet