For the best views of the world’s busiest bridge, George Washington Bridge, head over to Fort Lee Historic Park. This 33-acre park sits atop a cliff with scenic overlooks of the Hudson Palisades, George Washington Bridge, the Hudson River and Manhattan. We originally came for the views but we ended up with a much more valuable adventure when we showed our daughter history dating back to 1776, when the Continental Army positioned themselves over the Hudson to protect New York City. This historic park has a visitor’s center with small museum and a reconstructed Revolutionary War encampment. For amazing views of the spectacular bridge we headed to the north end of the parking lot where there are two different overlooks.
The visitor’s center is located right off the parking lot. Inside you can pick up free maps and take a free tour through their small but nice museum dedicated to the role of Fort Lee during the American Revolution. Bathrooms are also located inside.
To take a self-guided tour of the reconstructed ruins of 1776 when George Washington turned his attention to defending NYC from British siege, head south from the parking lot. There are winding paths which lead you past many historical sites like officers’ huts, a baking oven, a blockhouse, gun batteries, woodsheds and other fascinating artifacts. Our four year old was as interested in the remains as we were. It took us only about 30 minutes to tour the grounds, so this is not a full day affair. There are however many hiking trails which look very impressive near here. There are over 30 miles of hiking trails in this area, for more information on these click here. We will definitely be hitting some of these trails and will review them as soon as we get the chance to explore!
- As you enter, there is a parking lot which you have to pay for (depending on how long you stay).
- There are many special events and school program throughout the year, check out their site to learn more about these.
- Dogs and bikes are not allowed on the grounds.
- You can picnic only at the north end of the park.
- Restrooms are available in the visitor’s center.
- There are no restaurants or concession stands at this location.