Wave Hill

Unlike other public gardens in the city, Wave Hill can boast of having housed a good share of famous people since the late 1800’s.  Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and Arturo Toscanini once lived at Wave Hill House on separate occasions.  Thomas Huxley and Charles Darwin also came here to explore its natural beauty.  It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you that this place is perfect for relaxation and contemplation, with sweeping views of the Palisades and the Hudson River.  Over the years, the grounds were built up and reshaped to take advantage of the scenery. Today, it’s a stunning testament to centuries-old preservation.

You will want to explore several sights here.  As you enter, you will come upon the pergola overlook ahead of you. This area in particular is very popular for weddings.

Wave Hill

This is the view looking back at the pergola.  It’s pretty, but the better view is in the other direction.  There are many lawn chairs you can plop yourself down on.
Wave Hill

Wave Hill House is to your right down a short path.  Sometimes they host concerts inside, plus art and gardening workshops.
Wave Hill

If you’re feeling in need of cooling down, you may want to tackle one of the shady trails to the north of the House. They’re a bit rough in some places, so be careful with your footing.   If you persevere, you will be rewarded with a nice woodland gazebo.

Wave Hill

Moving south back towards the entrance, you will find several greenhouses.  This one, called Alpine House, looked intriguing with its large bonsai-like tree.

Wave Hill

Right outside the greenhouse is a varied collection of cacti that grow right on and between the rocks.

Wave Hill

Wave Hill

My favorite spot in this whole garden, however, is the aquatic garden bordered by shady pergolas on three sides.

Wave Hill

Wave Hill

Wave Hill

On the day I was there, I was lucky enough to find a big fat frog sitting on a lily pad and taking advantage of the shade.

Wave Hill

Wave Hill is located at West 249th Street and Independence Avenue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.  You can take the Metro-North to Riverdale Station or the A or 1 train to West 242nd St.  A free shuttle provides a pick up at both places.  Click here for the shuttle schedule and for directions by car.  The garden is open Tuesdays through Sundays and stays open from 9:00 to 5:30 during the warmer months and from 9:00 to 4:30 during the colder months.   Admission is $8 for adults, but the fee is waived if you go on Tuesdays or Saturdays before noon.

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One Response to “Wave Hill”

  1. Orlick Says:

    I like the trails the best. it’s more nature-y.

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