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  • Flower Garden

  • Pergola

  • Spring Cherry Trees

  • Tulip Species Tulipa Tarda

  • Virginia Bluebells Mertensia Verginica

  • Wave Hill Conservatory

  • Wave Hill House

  • Wave Hill Magnolias in Bloom

  • Wild Garden

  • Wild Garden

Think of Wave Hill as the weekend house you’ll never afford. It’s that fantasy getaway with Hudson Valley views, woodland walks and nap-ready patio furniture—except it’s in the Bronx, costs just $6 and is accessible via the 1 train.

Once a private estate, the 28-acre garden and cultural center includes an elegant 19th-century mansion, abundant wildflowers and shady pergolas, all welcoming your Sunday idleness. Gardens overlook the river and the Palisades, and vistas stretch up to the Tappan Zee Bridge. “April is a wonderful month here,” says director of horticulture Scott Canning. “The gardens have color, but the trees haven’t leafed out, so the views are clear.”

Magnolias bloom in white, pink and yellow until late May, and bright blue sheets of glory-of-the-snow carpet the sloping woodland. Unlike other gardens in the city, Wave Hill boasts a strong cultural component. Concerts often follow the weekly brunch; Barbara Brussell sings Broadway classics on Sunday 29 ($24). Aiming to connect cityfolk with nature, it also offers art workshops, like Spring Landscape Pastels, beginning April 14 (five sessions for $135). Trust us: You’ll want to make some sketches to prove this place actually does exist in New York City.—Rebecca Dalzell

GO THERE NOW! Wave Hill, Independence Ave at 249th St, Bronx (718-549-3200, wavehill.org). Through Apr 14: Tue--Sun 9am--4:30pm; April 15--Oct 14: Tue--Sun 9am--5:30pm. $6, seniors and students $3; Tue, Sat free until noon.

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