New York City is gearing up to welcome Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium with a variety of football-themed events, special deals and interactive experiences for fans to enjoy before and after the big game. If you're in the Big Apple for Super Bowl weekend, whether or not you have tickets to the game, be sure to take advantage of some of these fun events and offers.
MetLife Stadium, host of Super Bowl XLVIII
Hotel Deal: Low rates at the landmark Wolcott Hotel
When big sporting events like the Super Bowl roll into town, most hotel rates shoot through the roof. If you're looking for a last-minute hotel room that won't break the bank, head to the Wolcott Hotel in Midtown, where starting rates will remain the same for the big weekend. Guests can also enjoy 20 percent off yoga classes at nearby Yoga Union to de-stress after facing the game day crowds.
The Wolcott offers won't be raising their rates for the Super Bowl.
Game Day Relaxation: "Football widow" pampering at Guerlain Spa
New York City in February is cold, but luckily, the Guerlain Spa is ready in the wings with a post-game Winter Warm-Up treatment for fans brave enough to face the cold. The 50-minute treatment includes a hot towel massage with a blend of essential oils meant to promote relaxation and mental balance (for distraught fans of the losing team). The spa also has a winning lineup of winter-centric treatments for "football widows" and other NYC visitors who aren't quite avid enough to brave the game.
"Football widow" treatments at the Guerlain Spa
Best Views: Football viewing in style
If you weren't able to score tickets to the game, the Waldorf Astoria New York and the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria have you covered. The former will be hosting an NFL pop-up store with football ambassadors on hand throughout the hotel, and the latter offers suites equipped with big screen TVs, projectors, leather recliners and a menu of sumptuous game day snacks and libations for the perfect in-room viewing party.
Libations: Drink to your team!
Waldorf Astoria New York's house mixologist Frank Caiafa has mixed up a couple of spirited team-specific cocktails at the hotel's Peacock Alley bar. Broncos fans can sip on a Chocolate Old Fashioned, made with chocolate nib-infused whiskey, house-made bitters and orange peel. For Seahawks fans, Calafa has come up with the Foghorn, made with gin from Washington, lime juice and ginger beer.
Zone Blitz cocktail from JAZZ at KITANO
Mixologist Pablo Villareal at JAZZ at KITANO at the Kitano New York has his own set of team cocktails. The Zone Blitz for Broncos fans blends the spicy flavors of pepper-infused vodka with lemon-lime soda and blue carauco. Seattle fans can sip on a Gridiron Margarita, made with fresh strawberries and red chili peppers.
Football-Themed Fun: Super Bowl Boulevard in Time Square
Families traveling to NYC with kids should be sure to check out Super Bowl Boulevard, an interactive, football-themed winter wonderland along Broadway between 34th and 47th Streets. This free attraction lets fans of all ages pose with a Vince Lombardi trophy, practice kicking field goals, ride a toboggan and get autographs from current and former NFL players.
Good Eats: Taste of the NFL
Taste of the NFL party
A Day at the Museum: Edu-tainment, football-style
You might not associate museums with NFL action, but New York's museums are getting into the spirit this year with a line-up of events and special exhibitions. The Museum of Moving Image will host Madden NFL Football: 25 Years and Running, an exhibition chronicling the quarter-century history of the popular football video game. Visitors can even play the original 1988 edition.
The Children's Museum of Manhattan invites young visitors to learn about the jobs of the all-important NFL officials. You Make the Call: Learn to be an NFL Official will feature an interactive replay booth, an obstacle course and a choreographed "Zebra Dance."
The Children's Museum of Manhattan
Last but not least, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting Gridiron Greats, a fascinating exhibition of vintage football cards.