NEW YORK (WVUE) - Let's face it, if you're a Saints fan going to New York to see the team play the Giants, you should be able to find plenty of things to do during the trip. Here are a few ideas that might not be on your radar.
Catch a Major League Baseball Game
The New York Yankees are on the road this week, but the New York Mets are playing at Citi Field in Flushing. The Mets are 77-69 and second in the National League East. They play the struggling Minnesota Twins. If you get to New York by Friday, you even get a chance to see the Mets star pitcher Bartolo Colon try to push New York into a postseason berth.
New Meadowlands Market
The New Meadowlands market is New Jersey's premier outdoor flea market. They're open every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. They're less than a mile away from Met Life Stadium and offer merchandise, food, entertainment and games from hundreds of vendors. The flea market opened in 1991 and admission and parking are free. There is also bus and train service available from New York City.
Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment
If you're looking to raise your pulse before the game, you can hit the Meadowlands Racetrack for horse racing. First post is at 7:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, which means you'll have plenty of time to fit in several other activities before you bet the ponies. They also offer world class dining at indoor and outdoor restaurants. The track has a variety of options from the die-hard racing fan to dedicated food lover.
Redd's Restaurant & Bar
Redd's is an upscale casual restaurant and bar located just a block from the stadium. Governor Chris Christie once called it the "Times Square of New Jersey." The restaurant features 58 flat screen televisions and a menu filled with local favorites. Redd's even offers a shuttle service to the game. Redd's provides a great meal, great atmosphere for sports fans and a safe ride back and forth for Who Dats (and Giants fans).
The Beast Speedboat Ride
The Beast Speedboat offers a little taste of home for Saints fans that grew up around the water. You can tour New York City in a custom-built, 70-foot speedboat that travels around 45 miles per hour. The bright green boat is painted to look like a monster, resembling a huge alligator face. See the Statue of Liberty and panoramic views of midtown and lower Manhattan like you've never seen them before. This is one of the most thrilling tours you'll ever take. But be aware – you'll probably get wet.
Mill Creek Marsh
Why would you want to see a marsh if you're from Louisiana? Because this unique marsh is one of the most distinctive and defining features of the Meadowlands. The 209-acre area provides a stunning view of tidal pools filled with the stumps of Atlantic White Cedars that once covered the area. In the distance, you can see the Manhattan skyline. The stumps provide a perfect perch for egrets, shorebirds and other wildlife.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex
In a City filled with cool museums, this one definitely will not disappoint you. It features the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. Intrepid is berthed on the Hudson River. As you explore, you can examine original artifacts, watch videos and get lost in interactive exhibits. The complex also has a space shuttle pavilion that showcases the Enterprise. Visitors can get a firsthand look at life aboard the American guided missile submarine Growler. Plus, you can see the record-breaking British Airways Concorde.
Cinnamon or chocolate babka? Zabar's offers a huge variety of pastries, bagels and meats that will please any palate. The specialty food store is located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and has been referenced in movies and dozens of television shows, like Senifeld. People from New Orleans might know the deli for a more dubious distinction – lobster salad that actually contained no lobster. It actually contained crawfish. However, Zabar's endured and offers some of the most mouthwatering treats to nibble on. As a landmark in the area, even if you aren't hungry, you should stop by and get a picture.