Wave Hill

Attractions, Parks and gardens The Bronx
5 out of 5 stars
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Wave Hill
Photograph: Courtesy Wave Hill

This city-owned garden in the Riverdale section of the Bronx retains the same horticultural traditions as when it was a private estate. You’ll find an elegant 19th-century mansion surrounded by meticulously groomed gardens, featuring abundant wildflowers and shady pergolas. The area offers sweeping views of the river and the New Jersey Palisades. Wake up early to take advantage of free admission between 9am and noon every Saturday during select months of the year.


Venue name: Wave Hill
Address: 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)
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Beautiful grounds, alpine greenhouse, friendly staff, great views, great art. The best place to spend a whole day.

When I step onto the property, the first thing I see is a gazebo, the Hudson River, trees and the colorful foliage across the river. I feel like I'm completely outside of NYC and yet it's so easy to get to! The grounds are gorgeous, the exhibits varied and cool, and the food at the cafe is delicious! My son loves running around in the big open spaces. Afterwards, we love to kick back in one of the chairs overlooking the Hudson.

Gorgeous gardens overlooking the Hudson with marvelous walking tours. Terrific homebaked pies you can enjoy on the sunny terrace and enjoy fall foliage. Easy to get to by the 1 train and often free in the mornings so skip taking Metro North to Cold Springs, etc and just enjoy this lovely park!

Wave Hill is a beautiful gem in the Bronx. It's a place for everyone in the family. From the weekly family art projects, to music to yoga and meditation - the available activities each season are edifying and fun! Not mention the views of the Hudson are amazing. I truly love Wave Hill.

Beautiful landscape. I visited this year for the first time and loved the tranquility and peace that being on the grounds brought me. Enjoyed the events/activities provided throughout the day. Also, loved the shuttle that is provided from/to the train station.

It's a beautiful garden set high overlooking the Palisades. One of the finest places to see Fall foliage, it also features excellent art exhibits and a wide range of crafts for children, music, cooking demonstrations and Tai-Chi.

Wave Hill is my favorite place to visit. The landscape is just breathtaking and the workshops they offer are great and incorporate nicely the plants, weeds and natural life at Wave Hill.

intimate combination of nature and culture with great staff and great views

For many years it is the place where I go to restore peace to my spirit or share with beloved family and friends.

One of the most quiet and charming places with gardens like herbs and wild flowers gardens and spectacular view on the Hudson River and Palisades

I grew up in Riverdale and I was married at Wave Hill 37 years ago. I voted in memory of my father, Louis Sapir, who enjoyed the gardens and talking to Marco Polo Stefano.

Wave Hill is an excellent place to escape from urban hustles. A wide well-curated plant selection, the view of the Hudson and New Jersey, workshops, performances and the art gallery would make a visit exceptionally enjoyable.

Wave Hill is the gem of Riverdale. It is an oasis of beauty and tranquility, with spectacular river views as well as a unique sense of intimacy.

Idyllic setting, right on the Hudson. Gorgeous gardens, but plenty of little hidden spots where you can sit, read, and relax. This is undoubtedly an oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City.

Wave Hill is one of NYC best kept secret. It's an oasis in the Bronx. The view of the Hudson River is spectacular. I go there to unwind from hectic life, to meditate, walk tour and enjoy the beautiful gardens.

Wavehill is my SECRET GARDEN. It is my safe haven. My place of solitude. It is where I go and let my mind go free of everything that is going on around me. I love going there and spend the whole day just taking pictures and discovering every little flower or tree that is blooming on that particular day. No two days are alike. It a place that is magical to me. Every path has a story to tell. I go at least three a week during the summer, twice a week during the fall and once a week during the winter. To me Wavehill is heaven on earth. It's beauty can't be compare to no other garden. It is indeed my SECRET GARDEN OF PEACE

Teddy Roosevelt and Mark Twain both lived here for a spell. So did the great conductor, Arturo Toscanini. But that's not why you should visit Wave Hill. Go because it's one of the most beautiful spots in New York City and it's in The Bronx; it will change your preconceived notions of Gotham's most maligned borough. The estate sits on the east bank of the mighty Hudson in Riverdale, the elevated bluff that realtor's call NY's Gold Coast. The majestic cliffs of the Palisades tower over the opposite, New Jersey side. The house itself, a modest 19th Century brick mansion, is now a conference center, and there is a large horticultural program with greenhouses and extensive gardens. Wide, sunny lawns and shady paths overlook "the river that flows both ways" (that's what the native Lenape called it). There are also concerts and festivals throughout the year.

Wave Hill is one of the hidden treasures of New York.  Beautifully situated on terraced slopes overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades of New Jersey, it is a bird-watchers paradise.  Nothing beats the sight of thousands of redtail hawks and osprey floating on the thermals of the river below or soaring over the grounds of this stately garden.

Come in the Spring for the masses of glory of the snow and blue squill planted in the woodlands.  Come in the Fall to see the Palisades across the river ablaze in reds, oranges and golds.  Come in the summer to rest in the shade of the purple beeches or in the winter to see the evergreens draped in snow.  Come anytime to enjoy art, history and tranquility.  You won't regret a single moment.