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Update November 2023: We are happy to add a new guest contributor – This cool video, write up and the photo above is from @lilroamingexplorers from IG:

Ross Dock Picnic Area and Playground in Fort Lee has the most beautiful backdrop for a picnic, play or a walk. The playground is right along the Hudson River with the George Washington Bridge right in the background. There are easy walking trails right along the river to continue all the way to the Englewood Boat Basin and Bloomer Beach or all the way under the bridge. The drive from the Edgewater entrance is beautiful itself. Driving along the cliffside you will see little waterfalls coming down the rocks. 🐕 dog friendly

📍 Henry Hudson Drive, Fort Lee, NJ

From “The Bergen County Playground Guide”: (original post was May 2009)
ADDRESS: Henry Hudson Dr in the Palisades Interstate Park System
DIRECTIONS: I-80 E to the George Washington Bridge (GWB). Keep left and take I-80 Express towards I-95 NJ Turnpike/GWB. The take I-95 N exit on the left towards the GWB. Merge onto I-95 Express N/NJ Turnpike N. I-95 express N/NJ Turnpike N becomes I-95 N/NJ Turnpike N. Take exit 73 toward Fort Lee. Keep right at the fork in the ramp. Turn left onto Bruce Reynolds Blvd. Turn right onto Hudson Terr. Hudson Terr turns into River Rd. Make a left onto Henry Hudson Dr at the entrance to Palisades Interstate Park.

DESCRIPTION: Large playground overlooking the Hudson River. The playground has tall towers and is full of climbing from rings, repellers, walls, and chains. There are tons of slides and playthings but you just can’t beat the view.

PARKING: Large paved lot close to the playground
PICNICKING: This is a picnic area so there are a lot of tables and grills
CLIMBING: One corkscrew poles, climbing wall, rings, swinging bars, parallel bars, uneven bars, monkey bars
PLAYTHINGS: Steering wheels, call boxes, height measurers
SLIDES: One corkscrew, four chute, two toddler
SPORTS: Fishing
SWINGS: Eight full size, two toddler
WALKING PATHS: Paved around the park with benches to sit and enjoy the view
WATER: Hudson River
MAKE A DAY OF IT: Travel along Henry Hudson Dr from Fort Lee to Alpine. There are several locations to stop and park that include boat basins, picnic areas, and some of the best scenery of NYC.

Henry Hudson Drive, Fort Lee, NJ.  For directions, you can click on njpalisades.org site.

B U TEA FULL. Thanks hobokenmetromom for inviting us to crash the party.  Our drive to Ross Park was so exciting for my boys since we went under a cross-section of the George Washington Bridge.  I wish I took a picture of it, but it’s one of those things you don’t think about.  My oldest is very attached to one of the suspension bridges from Thomas the Tank (he’s brought it to bed with hiim on more than one occasion).  Once you got there, it was playground heaven! Great for big kids and there is also a smaller structure.  Take a look at the pictures to see all of the equipment.  My boys had a blast.  Lots of kids, grilling, and bathrooms are next to the parking lot. You can’t beat the view, lovely! Bring your mosquito repellant, at night we started to get some bites.

PS: Kids love feeding the ducks from the rocks (if they are there) but you should be very careful with the rocks on the edge.

From 2009: