10 Things to Do in Fort Lee That You Shouldn't Miss

November 4, 2017 Alice Mieles

Fort Lee is a borough at the eastern border of Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, in the New York City Metropolitan Area, situated atop the Hudson Palisades. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 35,345, reflecting a decline of 116 (−0.3%) from the 35,461 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,464 (+10.8%) from the 31,997 counted in the 1990 Census. The borough is the western terminus of the George Washington Bridge and is located across the Hudson River from the Manhattan borough of New York City. Named for the site of an early American Revolutionary War military encampment, it later became the birthplace of the American film industry.
Restaurants in Fort Lee

1. New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458-5153 +1 718-817-8700
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

New York Botanical Garden

Located in the Bronx, just 20 minutes from Midtown Manhattan via Metro North Railroad, the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden is a showplace of nature in every season of the year and a must-see destination for NYC visitors. Discover 50 breathtaking gardens, indoor rain forests and deserts, 50 acres of native forest, a river, waterfalls, and rolling green hills. Major seasonal exhibitions and events complement the existing beauty of the permanent gardens, and highlights include the Holiday Train Show (November - January) and The Orchid Show (March - April). NYBG is the perfect excursion for visitors looking to experience the natural beauty of New York City.

Reviewed By GMBG - Brooklyn, New York

The annual Orchid Show is one of the highlights of the year. While wonderful in the day -on Friday and Saturday nights, the NYBG sells ticket for 6:30, 7:30or 8:30 entrance. Go for the 6:30 entrance as you will get to see the gorgeous flowers in day light as well as artfully lit in the evening. Plus music is piped in and there are three bar stations. What a fun and beautiful evening experience.

2. King Spa

321 Commercial Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650-1211 +1 201-947-9955
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4 based on 128 reviews

King Spa

Reviewed By lunahod - New York City, New York

no frills 4 floors of simple delight. service is readily available though usually without a smile. clean, reliable, well worth the money. the design is atrocious but oh well... you can't have everything. the point is in the heat that's readily available really everywhere, starting with the worm floors and going all the way to the hottest/largest sauna next to the juice joint. smaller less hot saunas are also abundant as are places to rest including cozy corners where one can simply lay on the worm ceramic floor. overall, an excellent half day of the whole day trip to rejuvenation. highly recommended, especially in the cold seasons.

3. Overpeck County Park

Fort Lee Road/Overpeck Park Driveway, 50 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ 07605 +1 201-336-7275
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Overpeck County Park

The north section in Leonia has been open for many years but last year, the southern part was renovated, a new environmentally friendly bridge was installed to cross the Overpeck; new playing fields in the Ridgefield Park section, walking/biking/jogging trails begin in Leonia and head over to Ridgefield Park. Amphitheater on the Ridgefield Park side has had concerts. Watch the horses go through their paces on the Leonia side. Dog park is on the north side, kayak/canoe launch on the south side. Load s of parking and beautiful views of the creek/lake. Incredible to have this treasure 5 minutes from the GWB. Bus 172 from the NY side of the GWBBS takes you down Fort Lee Road to the entrance of the park (or Rockland Bus line 11A runs on Grand Avenue and stops at Fort Lee Road (2 blocks east of the park). If you're in the Ridgefield Park side watching the kids in the playing field and look east, you'll see the skyline of midtown Manhattan (and the World Trade Center).

Reviewed By Sujit-Mahapatra - Bayonne, New Jersey

Had fun with Kayaking. The Kayak rentals are to the right of Fort Lee Road/Overpeck Park Driveway intersection, via the wooden bridges. The staff there were quite friendly and helpful. Just a note that Canoes are not available everyday there, so better inquire before visiting. Kids under 5 are not allowed, and kids under 8 are allowed on canowe ONLY with two accompanying adults.Also went to the dinosaurs field station nearby.

4. Fort Lee Historic Park

Hudson Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ +1 201-461-1776
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4 based on 71 reviews

Fort Lee Historic Park

Reviewed By DarnGoodPatron - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This is the best part of living in the area. It's great to take friends and family every time they visit. Between the river, season and weather, it's a diffident view and experience every time. It's a wonderful place to take photos and get away. The only downfall is some rather large groups of rude or loud people or people with their dogs off leash, bad parents/children or people flying drones.

**note to personnel -- please enforce leash, noise and drone rules.

5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave, New York City, NY 10028-0198 +1 212-535-7710
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5 based on 47 reviews

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

At New York City's most visited museum and attraction, you will experience over 5,000 years of art from around the world. The Met is for anyone as a source of inspiration, insight and understanding. You can learn, escape, play, dream, discover, connect.

Reviewed By Kerrie C

I’m not a huge fan of art galleries but I can imagine if this is your thing you will love it. Lots of great displays, sculptures, portraits, landscapes and modern art. Maps available to help navigate this museum with ease. Spent an hour here but you could spend much much longer. Audio guides are available.

6. Ipic Theater Hudson Lights

2023 Hudson St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024-7203 +1 201-582-7100
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4 based on 52 reviews

Ipic Theater Hudson Lights

iPic presents our guests with a unique movie experience where they can relax and escape with great comfort, hospitality and amenities

Reviewed By rokquarri

This was soooo comfortable I had to fight sleep. After some freshly cooked calamari and delicious sangri, I laid back in these ultra comfortable recliners with a blanket and almost started snoring...lol... But my girlfriend woke me up. The sound and 3d was incredible. The seats were very private. Awesome experience. Service was good also and small popcorn was complimentary.

7. Central Park

59th to 110th Street, Manhattan Borough, from Central Park West to 5th Avenue, New York City, NY 10022 (212) 310-6600
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Central Park

For more than 150 years, visitors have flocked to Central Park's 843 green acres in the heart of Manhattan. Since 1980, the Park has been managed by the Central Park Conservancy, in partnership with the public. Central Park is open 6 am to 1 am daily. Visit the official website of Central Park to learn more about Park happenings and activities and to learn how you to help Central Park!

Reviewed By MikeP1515 - Springfield, Massachusetts

The park is big, with beautiful walkways, scenic views of the city, and lots if green space. There are also lots of things to do, like the zoo, ponds, and wildlife watching (mostly birds). We got food at the little place by the sailboat pond, and it was mediocre. All in all a good park, but I think I need to revisit when the weather is warmer to get the full experience.

8. Wave Hill

West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471-2899 +1 718-549-3200
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4.5 based on 254 reviews

Wave Hill

A non-profit cultural institution that is located on 26 acres in the Bronx, whose mission is to explore the interaction between people and their natural environment through the maintenance of gardens, greenhouses and environmental protection programs for residents and visitors.

Reviewed By dridr - nyc

mostly locals in Riverdale know this beautiful location with view of the Palisades and lovely gardens. The mansion is lovely, used as a venue space. There are tranquil paths, well kept lawns, and a very peaceful atmosphere. Limited parking is available and it is a bit of a walk from the nearest bus stop. There are no nearby subway stops although MetroNorth Riverdale station is a formidable up hill walk away

9. Constitution Park

Fletcher Ave, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
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4 based on 18 reviews

Constitution Park

Reviewed By Maday M

This park is great for everyone and I really love it. It has a wonderful track for walking or running and along the side it has stations with designed exercise. There are swings and slide for younger children and a ball field for the older kids and adults.

10. Yankee Stadium

161st Street and River Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452 +1 718-293-4300
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Yankee Stadium

This famous ballpark opened in 1923, and the home of the New York Yankees.

Reviewed By Larry S

Maybe the best known franchise in the US if not the world. Coming to Yankee Stadium is an experience you won't forget. Soak in the history as you walk through the stadium and see the many bars and food stalls synonymous with NYC. Don't forget the monument to all the legends of the Yankees and there are some huge names, Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio to name a few. Make a point to get to go a game if you can.

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