Top 12 Things To Do In Fort Lee, New Jersey

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Fort Lee is a stunning, highly urbanized city in New Jersey, within the borders of Bergen County. It is a historic metropolis that marked its name in the history books of the US for its involvement during the 1776 Battle of Long Island. For tourists who visit Fort Lee, Palisades Interstate Park Commission is a place not to miss. Also, this city is home to picture-perfect landmarks, including the George Washington Bridge. In addition to this, there are lots of museums in Fort Lee. Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, Ross Dock Picnic Area, and Overpeck County Park, to name a few other attractions you need to check out. It even features a number of incredible hotels and Airbnb vacation rentals for travelers who wish to enjoy the city for a few days. Planning to visit Bergen County anytime soon? Here is a list of top things to do in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

1. Experience the beauty of nature at Palisades Park Recreation Area

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Escape into the arms of nature without going too far off the city at Palisades Park Recreation Area in Edgewater, New Jersey. This park features 2,500 acres (1,011.7 hectares) of wild and pristine Hudson River shorefront, uplands, and cliffs.

It’s the perfect spot to fully experience the beauty of nature while enjoying various outdoor activities like hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, picnicking, and a lot more. The best part is you won’t have to drive too far to get here as it’s just minutes from midtown Manhattan!

Palisades Park Recreation Area

Address: 676 Undercliff Ave, Edgewater, NJ 07020

Website: Palisades Park Recreation Area

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2. Enjoy some outdoor recreational activities at Hazard Beach

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Hazard Beach is a popular outdoor recreation spot along the shores of the Hudson River. It’s within the protected area of Palisades Interstate Park where you can enjoy different activities such as fishing, kayaking, and canoeing, or simply just enjoy the beauty of nature. Some even bring their jetskis here and enjoy gliding through the waves below the iconic George Washington Bridge.

You don’t have to worry about the name, though, as there’s nothing unusually “hazardous” in this popular spot. It actually got its name from Hazard Powder Company, an explosives company in the 1890s that was founded by Colonel Augustus George Hazard.

Hazard Beach

Address: Fort Lee, New Jersey

Website: Hazard Beach

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3. Visit Fort Lee Historic Park

Fort Lee Historic Park
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Nestled above a bluff of the Hudson Palisades, Fort Lee Historic Park is a scenic cliff-top park in Fort Lee. It offers picturesque views of the city, especially the sight of Burdett’s Landing. The busy Manhattan skyline can be seen from the northern side of the park. What once was a Revolutionary War encampment has now become a place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the fresh air. Tourists who want to do cardio activities can take advantage of two picturesque trails in Fort Lee Historic Park. It also has a visitor center where guests can learn about the historic battle between American and British troops back in 1776.

Fort Lee Historic Park

Address: Hudson Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, United States

Website: Fort Lee Historic Park

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 10am - 4:45pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

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4. Have a picnic with friends at Ross Dock Picnic Area

Fort Lee Historic Park, Ross Dock Picnic Area
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Fort Lee is home to numerous scenic parks and one of them is Ross Dock Picnic Area. If you wish to unwind and marvel at the beauty of nature over delicious snacks and drinks, this waterfront park is the place to go. Nesting in Henry Hudson Drive, Ross Dock Picnic Area has all the recipes for an unforgettable picnic experience. Aside from the picturesque views, it has picnic tables, grills, and restrooms that visitors can take make use of. Besides these, it has a children’s playground where kids can have a wonderful time frolicking and playing. Plus, it has ramp access for adventure-seekers who want to go boating or fishing.

Ross Dock Picnic Area

Address: Henry Hudson Dr, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, United States

Website: Ross Dock Picnic Area

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5. See the exhibits in Fort Lee Museum

Fort Lee Museum
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A historic museum in the stunning city of Fort Lee, Fort Lee Museum first opened its doors to the public in 1999. Tourists come to this fascinating little museum to learn about the history of the city, especially the history of Palisades Park. It presents exhibits and films that depict the culture and past of Fort Lee. Fort Lee Museum is also a must-visit attraction for people interested in old movies or film-making in general. Not only that, but this museum has rotating exhibits that feature different decades in time.

Fort Lee Museum

Address: 1589 Parker Ave, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, United States

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6. Pay tribute to Veteran's Monument at Constitution Park

Constitution Park Fort Lee New Jersey
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One of the many beautiful and historic parks in Fort Lee is Constitution Park. It is located in Fletcher Avenue, and it is home to the must-see Veteran’s Monument. Veteran’s Monument is a sculpture that pays tribute to the fallen heroes of 1776 and the veterans who survived it. The park features vast green spaces, and it has sports courts, such as a track, softball fields, and bocce ball courts. There are benches, gazebos with seats, and picnic shelters in Constitution Park where you can take a seat, people-watch, and rest.

Constitution Park

Address: Fletcher Ave & Lewis Street, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, United States

Website: Constitution Park

Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)

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7. Unwind at Firemen's Park

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Firemen’s Park is situated in Whiteman Street. It is open 24 hours daily, offering people a place to unwind and breathe some fresh air. A large statue in the park commemorates the firemen in the city that sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Firemen’s Park is one of the prettiest recreational areas in Fort Lee as it has lots of mature trees and flower-bearing plants. Additionally, it has a playground that kids and kids at heart will have playing in. Plus, there’s a community pool where you can make lasting memories with your loved ones.

Firemen's Park

Address: 272 Whiteman St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, United States

Website: Firemen’s Park

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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8. Treat yourself with a day at Paradise Spa & Sauna

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Posted by Paradise Spa & Sauna on Thursday, September 16, 2021

A holiday will not be complete without treating yourself to a relaxing day at the spa. Paradise Spa & Sauna is one of the best spas in Fort Lee and it is located in Linwood Plaza Shopping Center. It is the perfect day-ender after long hours of shopping and dining in the lifestyle center. It has a sauna admission program that entitles customers to access different relaxing rooms, including Loess Soil Balls Room, Himalayan Rock Salt Room, Hinoki Room, and Sleeping Room. Besides these, guests can take advantage of other services. Body scrubs and different types of massages are offered in Paradise Spa & Sauna, as well. If you want to save money, go for bundle packages.

Paradise Spa & Sauna

Address: 100 Linwood Plaza, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, United States

Website: Paradise Spa & Sauna

Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)

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9. Gorge on delicious chicken wings at New York Wing Factory

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Posted by New York Wing Factory on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tourists will never run out of things to do in Fort Lee. Once you’re done with sightseeing, shopping, spa, and visiting museums, you might want to treat yourself to a much-deserved food trip experience. If you like the idea, book a table at New York Wing Factory. This lively dining spot in Schlosser Street is a laid back sports bar with a friendly ambiance. From the name itself, you can tell that its bestselling fares are chicken wings. Also, they serve burgers, nachos, empanadas, queso, quesadilla, fries, chili, salad, and a lot more. Plus, drinks are available too.

New York Wing Factory

Address: 1642 Schlosser St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, United States

Website: New York Wing Factory

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 4pm - 10pm; Fri: 4pm - 11pm; Sat: 12pm - 11pm; Sun: 12pm - 10pm (closed on Thu)

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10. Take souvenir pictures with the George Washington Bridge in the background

George Washington Bridge from New Jersey-edit
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Spanning the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge is a double-decked suspension bridge and a scenic landmark in Fort Lee. It unites the city of Fort Lee directly to the vibrant borough of Manhattan. From the name alone, you can tell that it was named after the United States’ first president - George Washington. Your Fort Lee holiday will not be complete if you don’t take souvenir pictures of you together with this iconic landmark in the background.

George Washington Bridge

Address: George Washington Bridge, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, United States

Website: George Washington Bridge

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11. Experience the Dinner Detective Fort Lee

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The Dinner Detective Fort Lee is an interactive comedy murder mystery and gastronomic experience that is now available for the people of Fort Lee. Tourists who want to try this unique experience can check it out as it performs at Hyatt Place Fort Lee. Participants are treated to a delicious supper while they try to solve a murder mystery. Everyone can be a suspect, but the real culprit is in the room, watching you being oblivious as you enjoy your meal. It is a fun night filled with lots of games, riddles, and surprises. If you and your friends are up for the challenge, save your Saturday night and buy tickets to The Dinner Detective Fort Lee.

The Dinner Detective Fort Lee

Address: 2167 Rte 4 E, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, United States

Website: The Dinner Detective Fort Lee

Opening hours: Sat: 7pm - 10pm (closed from Sun - Fri)

Price: 70 USD

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12. Take your furry best bud to Fort Lee Dog Park

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As a follow-up to last week’s announcement regarding Leesa, there will be an informal gathering at the dog park on Wednesday morning at 9 AM to honor her. Rain or Shine. Thank you.

Posted by Fort Lee Dog Park on Monday, May 24, 2021

It is not enough that you’re the only one who gets to relax and unwind on your Fort Lee vacation. Your dog (or dogs), too, should be treated to quality playtime. If you agree with this idea, be sure to take your furry best friend to Fort Lee Dog Park at Stillwell Avenue. It features safe, fenced recreational areas for dogs of all sizes. There are tunnels, ladders, bridges, and other platforms for dogs to play around in. Also, there is a water source for dogs. Benches are scattered in the park for owners, as well.

Fort Lee Dog Park

Address: 519 Stillwell Ave, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, United States

Website: Fort Lee Dog Park

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Have a wonderful holiday in Fort Lee

Fort Lee is a stunning metropolis in New Jersey with a historic past. It is also a city with many attractions, including upscale shopping districts, fantastic Korean restaurants, charming parks, museums, and a lot more, making it a city for everyone. If you haven’t been to Fort Lee, plan a holiday in this beautiful city as soon as possible and use this list of top things to do in Fort Lee as your guide in planning an itinerary.

Editor’s Note: Due to Covid-19, the business hours of the attractions and restaurants may differ from the stated timings in this article. Please be sure to check the updated hours from the websites.

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