|Venue name:||Wave Hill|
675 West 252nd Street
|Cross street:||West 249th Street and Independence Avenue|
|Opening hours:||Mar 15–Oct 31: 9am–5:30pm; Nov 1–Mar 14: 9am–4:30pm|
|Price:||$8, seniors and students $4, children ages 6–12 $2, children under 6 free. Tue all day (Nov–Apr, July, Aug), Sat 9am–noon free (May, June, Sept, Oct)|
Everyone needs a few hours of calm now and then—kids included—and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more serene spot within city limits than Wave Hill. A few stops on the Metro-North Hudson line brings you to the sprawling grounds perched above the Hudson, boasting 28 acres of public gadens, plus woodlands and lawns to wander. You’ll find an elegant 19th-century mansion surrounded by meticulously groomed gardens, featuring abundant wildflowers and shady pergolas. Jump in on nature walks, story times and family art projects, often led by local artists and usually free with grounds admission. Wake up early to take advantage of free admission between 9am and noon every Saturday and check out their seasonal offerings for families like Honey Weekend.