We won't hold it against you if the first thing you think of when you think of visiting the Bronx is going to Yankee Stadium, but if you're looking for a calm, beautiful spot to visit, you'll be much better served by visiting Wave Hill, a gorgeous 28-acre public garden and cultural space located along the Hudson River overlooking the Palisades.
The Wave Hill House was first built as a country home in 1843 by William Lewis Morris. In 1960 Wave Hill was deeded to the City of New York by the Perkins-Freeman family and a non-profit was established in 1965 to manage it. You can read about the site's rich history (& many famous residents) on their website.
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Things to Do at Wave Hill
- Take a tour or guided walk through the gardens.
- Enjoy a nature hike along the Abrons Woodland Trail.
- Visit the current exhibits at the Glyndor Gallery.
- See the Elliptical Garden which was formerly the estate's swimming pool.
- See unusual potted plants in the Conservatory which has both a Tropical House and a Cactus and Succulent House.
- Visit any of the special gardens around the property.
- View the Hudson River and Palisades from the Pergola Overlook.
- If you want to be inside for a bit, visit the Wave Hill House which hosts a variety of public programs.
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Wave Hill Visitor Tips
- Wave Hill takes seriously the fact that it's a garden and not a park. This helps create and sustain the peaceful nature of the space, but it means you need to leave your bike/scooter at the entrance.
- You are welcome to bring your own lunch, but leave your picnic blanket at home, since eating is restricted to the area with picnic tables outside of Glyndor Gallery and blankets are not allowed to be spread on the grass (though you can sit on the grass.)
- The Café in Wave Hill House offers light seasonal fare, coffee and afternoon tea.
- You can easily spend 2+ hours at Wave Hill if you plan to enjoy lunch (either purchased or your own!)
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Wave Hill Hours and Tickets
Admission to the New Museum includes coat check, docent-led tours and audio guides (available for download on your device.)
- Monday: Closed (except Memorial Day, Labor Day & Columbus Day)
- Tuesday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (4:30 from Nov. 1 - March 14)
Free Admission (sponsored by Target)
- Saturdays: 9-noon
- Tuesdays in May, June, September, & October: 9-noon
- Tuesdays in other months: all day
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Where to Eat Near Wave Hill
Wave Hill allows you to bring your own food if you'd like to enjoy a "picnic" lunch and the Café in Wave Hill House serves light, seasonal fare, coffee and afternoon tea. There aren't really any restaurants within close walking distance of Wave Hill, but the Riverdale neighborhood has some options. Here are some ideas for nearby places to eat:
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- Family-Friendly Dining in Riverdale: Mommy Poppins has a great round-up of places to take the kids in Riverdale
- Liebman's Deli: Serious Eats recommends you try the corned beef & pastrami
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Wave Hill Directions
Museum Address: West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY
Subway: #1 train to West 242nd St.; free shuttle picks up at 10 past the hour from 9:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. on the west side of Broadway; return shuttle departs on the hour from the garden entrance from noon until 5 p.m.
Metro-North: To Riverdale Station from Grand Central; free shuttle meets trains arriving at 45 past the hour from 9:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.; shuttle to departing trains at 20 past the hour from 12:20 - 5:20
Parking: Onsite parking is available for a fee; off-site parking (with free shuttle service) is free