Top 10 Things to do in Lee, United States

September 19, 2017 Venice Greaves

Lee is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts, metropolitan statistical area. The population was 5,943 at the 2010 census. Lee, which includes the villages of South and East Lee, is part of the Berkshires resort area.
Restaurants in Lee

1. Lee Premium Outlets

17 Premium Outlets Blvd, Lee, MA 01238-8500 +1 413-243-8186
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4 based on 211 reviews

Lee Premium Outlets

Find impressive savings at 60 stores,including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Talbots and more.

Reviewed By Jerry M - Boston, Massachusetts

As others have said you really need to know your prices when you are shopping if you are going to get a great deal. WE spent the better part of a rainy day here it was fun, it was interesting. We did buy a few things from 6 of the stores. The food court was impressive, large selection from different vendors. The thanksgiving wrap at Thats a Wrap was delicious

2. Tanglewood

West St off Rte 183, Lenox, MA 01240 +1 413-637-5165
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5 based on 933 reviews

Tanglewood

The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra features performances by world-renowned conductors, soloists and musicians.

Reviewed By chas1954 - home

For those who have never been to tanglewood I highly recommend it. This is one of the few places that is absolutely incredible...I have seen many concerts here from the BSO as well as individual artists. It is a great place for family or romantic or even individuals. You can do your own thing at your own pace..A MUST VISIT...

3. Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Glendale Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262-9703 +1 413-298-4100
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Norman Rockwell Museum

Founded in 1969, this museum has the world's largest and most significant collection of Rockwell drawings and paintings.

Reviewed By Wolfpug - Bridgeport, New York

Never really knew much about Norman Rockwell except I liked some of his paintings. I learned alot about him & very much enjoyed seeing every painting he ever did! The gift store was also very well stocked with his items.Thank you for visiting us! Glad you enjoyed your visit. It's always special when you can see Norman Rockwell's paintings in person. Best regards, Laura

4. The Mount

2 Plunkett St, Lenox, MA 01240-2704 +1 413-551-5111
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4.5 based on 705 reviews

The Mount

A day at The Mount is an opportunity to experience the beauty and splendor of Edith Wharton’s beloved country estate. We offer guided tours of the house and gardens, a Backstairs Tour, and our popular Ghost Tour. There are no velvet ropes and stanchions, instead we invite our visitors to sit and interact with the rooms. Interpretive exhibits throughout the house explore Wharton’s life, her humanitarian efforts, literary legacy, and lives of the servants. In addition to being a house with a story to tell, we are also a cultural center, presenting lectures, dramatic readings, theater, music, storytelling, workshops, outdoor sculpture, films, and literary panels.

Reviewed By Francine H - Bigfork, Montana

Our two couples visited this attraction with no knowledge of its significance - we knew nothing of Edith Wharton or her writings (much to our embarrassment.) Our experience there encouraged us to learn more and delve into her literary works, especially Age of Innocence. The admission price was moderate and well worth the information we gained. This attraction may not be to everyone's liking, but it is well worth exploring for most.

5. National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

Eden Hill, Stockbridge, MA 01262 +1 413-298-3931
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4.5 based on 176 reviews

National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

Reviewed By 50statetraveler - Virginia

Any Catholic would find this Shrine worth the visit. The grounds were covered in snow, but the sculptures were beautiful. The church is reminiscent of churches before Vatican II. Very peaceful and beautiful place. The gift shop has an outstanding collection of Catholic gifts.

6. AniMagic

135 Main St, Lee, MA 01238-1660 +1 413-841-6679
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

AniMagic

Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art. Animation and Special Effects for movies - - 2001 Space Odyssey - Chicken Run - The Matrix - X-Men - Lord of the Rings - Predator - Wallace and Gromit - Zelig made by Berkshire People. Come to see how this movies are made. See Academy Award. Make your own Animation movie in one hour. Admission by donation. Workshop $20 pp.Ages 5-95.

Reviewed By W8LT3R - New Jersey

Who would have thought you could find a tribute to the animation/special effects of some of Hollywood’s major motion pictures and commercials in the Berkshire Mountains. We found it at the Animagic Museum in Lee, MA. Animagic is museum created by Academy Award winning special effects creator Eugene Mamut - special effects animator for movies such as Predator, Star Trip Trooper, Matrix and the Blue Lagoon from his studio in the Berkshires. Animation/special effect of many other Hollywood movies like 2001 Space Odyssey, Silent Running, Chicken Run and many commercials were also in the Berkshires by other artists. This museum is showcase for all the animation/special effects artists and work done in the region.

During a 20 min guided tour, Mamut will lead you through the history of how the animation/special effects industry started and grew in the Berkshires. You will get to see and hear the secrets of how special effects and animation are done with some amazing surprises. Like a face whose eyes and head appear to move and follow you - as you walk by - without any electronics involved. There are original animation models used in commercials on display and Mamut tells the how stop motion photography was used create these commercials. Mamut shared stories of creating the camouflage special effect feature of the movie Predator or how the 360-degree-traveling-bullet scenes from the Matrix where made. As a joke, how he fooled people on the streets by making his own head and stomach appear to disappear when walking through town.

The museum has photos of Academy award ceremonies for various animation/special effects artists of the region including Mamut himself for Predator. There are various toys and souvenirs that illustrate animation/special effect techniques that can be purchased at the museum

Tours of the museum are by appointment and are free. Mamut does request a donation of $5/ person which is completely discretionary. For a cost of $20 you can create your own stop motion, clay figure, animated movie that is uploaded to Youtube. It usually takes 2 hours to create your clay model, create the stop action movie and then add background and music to the scene. Mamut will upload your movie to Youtube.

This is our second trip to tour Animagic. The first time was 10 years ago when my daughters and my niece were teenagers. Back then the three made stop action, animated movies that were burned upon disk to take home. This year we repeated the experience with my granddaughter where my two adult daughters watched on.

There is lot of parking convenient to the museum with a municipal parking lot at Railroad Street and Consolati Way in Lee, MA

7. Schantz Galleries

3 Elm St, Stockbridge, MA 01262-9700 +1 413-298-3044
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5 based on 89 reviews

Schantz Galleries

Contemporary Glass with works by artists like Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra and over 40 others. This gallery is a hidden gem in the Berkshires.

Reviewed By aliceann1 - boston, mass.

Schantz Galleries is first and foremost an art gallery designed to sell art. However, it is worth a trip even if you are not in the market for art. There is always a beautiful selection of art to admire and in many ways, it's like going to a museum! In particular, if you are a Dale Chihuly fan, this is a must see

1670 Pleasant St, Lee, MA 01260-9702 +1 413-822-4830
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5 based on 22 reviews

Ozzie's Glass Gallery

Reviewed By Diane N - Portland, Maine

We visited Ozzie's and were warmly welcomed by Michael and family! It was hard to decide what to purchase this time. Michael is a wonderfully talented artist and his work is beautifully crafted and thought out. We brought home a unique hummingbird and a "twirly gig" to catch sunlight in our windows. We will be back next year!

9. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary

472 W Mountain Rd, Lenox, MA 01240-2037 +1 413-637-0320
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4.5 based on 150 reviews

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary

This 1,100-acre wildlife sanctuary, along the slopes of Lenox Mountain, features 7 miles of hiking trails and offers nature programs for adults and children throughout the year.

Reviewed By Allen P - Andover, Massachusetts

We saw no wildlife, except for a few catfish. Trails were fairly well marked. Outbound and inbound directions were especially helpful. The short, one hour, tour was clearly mapped out by the admissions person. Far longer and more difficult hikes are available for more healthy folks with more time.

10. Naumkeag

5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262 +1 413-298-8146
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4.5 based on 266 reviews

Naumkeag

Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire Cottage.

Reviewed By LakeRecluse - Grafton, New York

This one really surprised me. I thought we were just looking for something to do, but I was blown away with this house and the grounds. Just gorgeous! Many mansions from this era are impressive, yet unliveable. This one is totally cozy and liveable. An architectural masterpiece in my book.

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