Econo Lodge Meadowlands
395 Washington Ave.
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
Phone: (201) 935-4600
Fax: (201) 935-0264
The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, popularly known as “The Big M,” is a famous spot for horse-racing. It has been a witness to this sport since 1976. The racecourse hosts fine dining services too and partners with a lot of luxury hotels. It offers live videos of races, as well as photographs and souvenirs for visitors.
Field Station: Dinosaurs is a thrilling experience for the whole family. This fascinating science museum is set in the outdoors amidst natural landscape and woodlands. Spread over 20 acres (eight hectares), it features over 30 life-size realistic models of dinosaurs. Explore the grounds and admire outstanding scientific and artistic engineering as well as participate in their hands-on interactive educational programs covering myriad paleontology, geology and environmental topics.
Upper West Side joggers, rollerbladers and dog owners love this four-mile long park beside the Hudson River. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the same architects behind Central Park and Prospect Park, Riverside Park boasts excellent views of the river and New Jersey. Park attractions include Grant's Tomb, the Civil War Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, and a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt. Early morning may be the best time to visit or exercise, as this park can become fairly crowded.
Ready for a unique and fun tour of the Hudson River and New York Harbor? Visit the Manhattan Kayak Company where you can go kayaking or take a Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) along the waterway. SUP is a unique sport where you stand on a board that's similar to a surf board and use a single paddle to travel. Rent a SUP or a kayak and go on this seasonal tour that let's you exercise as you see the iconic New York landmarks by the water, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Yankee Stadium.
Pier 84, the largest of New York's piers is a lively hub of activity in the heart of the city. A multipurpose outdoor space, the pier is part of the Hudson River Park. With a number of fun outdoor activities, cultural events, concerts and more, it's a great place to check out for local events. A constant buzz of activity surrounds the place with families out with kids, people skating or biking, boat rides, kayaking and more. The newly constructed pier features an interactive play area for kids, that is both fun and educational. If you're just in the mood to laze, settle in with some music or a book and soak up the sun on the central lawn. A good place to enjoy a view of New York's skyline or take a break at one of the several cafes and eateries on the pier. Pier 84 offers an enjoyable day out for everyone. For details, visit the park website.
Don't miss The Beast, New York's very own thrill ride. Your captain will take you for a wet and wild ride through the New York harbor. Hold onto your hats because for 30 fun-filled minutes, you'll be soaring past the skyscrapers at a heart-pounding 45mph. They'll stop for a close-up of the Statue of Liberty where you'll have a quick photo-op. It's a pure thrill! The Beast does not operate during the winter season.
There are few cities more beautiful than New York and Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises offers guests a whole new perspective of the city. Perfect for tourists, or even locals who wish to enjoy the skyline from a whole new angle, the company offers a variety of tours including dinner cruises, harbor light cruises and, for the more adventurous, the Beast Speedboat Ride. The company also caters for private events - up to 500 guests can enjoy the ambiance of the city skyline, whilst enjoying a delicious dinner and cocktails.
North River Lobster Company is a unique venue on Pier 81, on the banks of River Hudson. Here, guests can enjoy seafood, especially lobsters paired with fries, and embark on half-hour sailing tours arranged by the restaurant. Patrons can dine on an open bow deck boat, floating rooftop space or the balcony with awe-inspiring views, each offering a magical experience. This restaurant doesn't accept reservations and guests can linger as long as they want, enjoying the boat and riverside dining. The menu includes Lobster Cobb Salad, Peel and Eat Shrimp, North River Burger and Key Lime Tart. There is also a raw bar serving oysters, shellfish and crabs. Check the website for the schedule of the sailing tours.
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The skating court at the Riverbank State Park turns into an ice skating rink every winter, welcoming visitors from all over the city looking for some winter recreation. The rink is situated by the Hudson River, with beautiful views at the other side of the river as well. Admission prices are minimal, and one can also rent skates or enroll for ice skating lessons. If you wish to hold a special event here, you can rent the entire rink too.
If you are a fan of the flying trapeze or need to know more about it, the Trapeze School New York is the place to be. Newcomers can join the beginners class and work their way up. Other classes include silks, hoops, juggling and conditioning. The school accepts those above six years of age as students and conducts classes as per members' convenience. A host of parties and other events are also held here. Call for rates.
The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers consists of two large rinks that see people of all ages trying their hand at different kinds of skating activities. The venue provides one with skating lessons as well, and these include classes for kids, adults, figure skating, and a lot more. The center is ideal to host a birthday party for your little ones too. It is open through the year and also has a pro shop on-site.