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Wave Hill, Bronx

#4 of 9 in Parks in Bronx
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Wave Hill is a 28-acre (11 ha) estate in the Hudson Hill section of Riverdale in the Bronx, New York City. Wave Hill currently consists of public horticultural gardens and a cultural center, all situated on the slopes overlooking the Hudson River, with expansive views across the river to the New Jersey Palisades. The estate includes two houses and a botanical garden. The oldest part of the main house, Wave Hill House, dates back to 1843; Glyndor House dates from 1927 and contains a multi-room art gallery. Perkins Visitor Center, which was originally a garage, contains a gift shop and an information desk.

During the late 19th century and early 20th century, numerous highly notable people resided in Wave Hill, either because they owned it, leased it, or stayed there as guests. In 1960, the estate was given to the City of New York, and Wave Hill is now a cultural center as well as a garden. In addition to visual arts exhibits, paid-ticket concert series take place on some Sunday afternoons in Armor Hall. Wave Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a New York City designated landmark.

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  • Beautiful spot in the Bronx, headed toward Yonkers. Gorgeous overlook of the river and Devine landscaping. Lots of different plants and flowers. Spectacular greenhouse with some very unusual...  more »
  • make sure to allocate several hours as YOU WILL WANT to make a complete walk of the entire gardens, greenhouses and paths. just so much native plants, flowers, trees, and on and on. do half, making...  more »
  • Relaxing Sunday at this public garden. Admission takes cash and card. Military and family members get in free until Independence Day. If you love peaceful walks, fresh air, awesome views of the Hudson, you’ll love this place. The (plant) nursery is amazing. Really enjoyed my visit today and recommend it to everyone!! Also be aware of the rules: don’t touch the plants, and picnics are only allowed in specific areas (no blankets allowed, but you can sit/walk directly on grass). No pets.
  • Beautiful little gem in the Riverdale Section of Bronx. Beautiful views and manicured lawns and lots of great herbs, cacti, plants. Very well maintained. Two great Architectural homes with lot of history. Details are all super. The art gallery had some beautiful art. Food was delicious at the cafe. Overall a very good weekend afternoon spent in the historical grounds. Good for a half day trip.

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