New York City Sights

Wave Hill

  • Independence Ave. Map It
  • Riverdale
  • Garden/Arboretum

Published 06/26/2015

Fodor's Review

Drawn by stunning views of the Hudson River and New Jersey's dramatic Palisades, 19th-century Manhattan millionaires built summer homes in the Bronx suburb of Riverdale. One of the most magnificent, Wave Hill, is now a 28-acre public garden and cultural center that attracts green thumbs from all over the world. Along with exquisite gardens, grand beech and oak trees tower above wide lawns, while an elegant pergola overlooks the majestic river view, and benches on curving pathways provide quiet respite. Wave Hill House (1843) and Glyndor House (1927) now host art exhibitions, Sunday concerts, and gardening workshops. Even England's Queen Mother stayed here during a visit. It's worth the schlep.

Sight Information


Independence Ave., at W. 249th St., Bronx, New York, 10471, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $8 (free Tues. and Sat. 9–noon)
  • Mid-Mar.–Oct., Tues.–Sun. 9–5:30; Nov.–mid-Mar., Tues.–Sun. 9–4:30; closed Mon. except holidays. Free garden tours Sun. at 2
  • On-site parking $8

Published 06/26/2015


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