Wave Hill

Attractions , Parks and gardens The Bronx
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Wave Hill


 (Photograph: Courtesy Wave Hill)
Photograph: Courtesy Wave Hill

Wave Hill


Wave Hill


 (Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson)
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

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: 649 W 249th St
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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Stephen L

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.

Mary F

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.