New Jersey is home to not one, but two NFL teams claiming to be from New York. And they don't just play here. The Jets and Giants practice facilities are also located in the Garden State. That sort of slight is typical: Anything great in Northern Jersey (pizza, profuse profanity, the Nets) is credited to – or stolen by – New York. Everything crummy ("Jersey Shore," gang violence, pollution) is assumed to be the organic product of fallow ground. Fortunately, the Super Bowl is giving New Jersey the chance to set the record straight.
Here's what the fans, reporters, and half-time performers smart enough to stay in the same state as MetLife Stadium should get up to if they really want to enjoy some local color.
Go to Medieval Times.
Think this weekend's heroes will be relegated to the gridiron? Think again, good sir! Ride upon Lyndhurst, and live out your 'Game of Thrones' fantasy inside an 11th century–style castle, feasting on roasted bird flesh, while breast-plated warriors joust in the pit below. The whole kitschy thing is only five minutes from the stadium so consider taking in a double header.