Wave Hill - A Must-See for Garden Enthusiasts

With a rich heritage dating back to the 1840's, Wave Hill is an estate that includes two charming homes and beautiful botanical gardens. Covering 28 acres, this historic property in the Bronx is situated along the eastern bank of the Hudson River. Wave Hill offers great opportunities to learn about local history, nature and botany. Click to book your Afternoon Tea and Wave Hill tour.


Wave Hill Flower Garden
Wave Hill Flower Garden (Photo Credit: Wave Hill)
Lower and Midtown Manhattan were rapidly growing in the early 19th century. Seeking refuge from the noise and other undesirable aspects of urban life, some people purchased and developed land in the northern outskirts of New York City. In 1843, William Lewis Morris built a home in a scenic area that overlooked the Hudson River and beautiful cliffs of the New Jersey Palisades. Two decades later, William Henry Appleton purchased the mansion and made some major renovations. This successful publisher leased the house to the relatives of Theodore Roosevelt in the 1870's. The famous author Mark Twain also rented the estate at the beginning of the 20th century. A pioneer in the Progressive Movement, George Walbridge Perkins acquired Wave Hill in 1903 with great ambitions. He added gardens, greenhouses and other installations that improved the aesthetic appeal of the grounds. As stipulated in the will of the Perkins family, New York City officially acquired the estate in the early 1960's. Since then, the private residence has been transformed into a popular cultural and educational institution that's open to the public. Click to book your Afternoon Tea and Wave Hill tour.


The original Wave Hill House is open for guided tours that focus on its fascinating history. Made from local stone, the front facade has been fully restored and preserved. Some Greek Revival elements are still incorporated into the mansion. For example, the main entrance is flanked by Corinthian columns. Armor Hall and the Kate French Terrace are some of the main features of the Wave Hill House. There's also a casual cafe that's open year-round inside this building. The first house built where the Glyndor House currently stands, was the Nonesuch House. It was built in the 1860’s by New York financier, Oliver Harriman. When the property was purchased by George Walbridge Perkins in 1895, he remodeled and enlarged the house and named it Glyndor. The Perkins Visitor Center should be the starting point for any tours of Wave Hill. You can sign up for guided tours and obtain other important information or resources at this contemporary complex, which also has a gift shop. The Perkins Visitor Center is a great place to pick up a detailed map of the botanical gardens. Adjacent to the Aquatic and Wild Gardens is the Kerlin Overlook, from which you’ll enjoy a great, unencumbered view of the Hudson River and Palisades. One of the main highlights of the garden is the Pergola, which provides a framed, idyllic, sweeping vista of the Hudson and Palisades. Additionally, the Ecology Building near the Elliptical Garden, is where Education programs are held, offering students wonderful opportunities to learn about plants and nature. If you're into hiking, just follow the Abrons Woodland Trail that runs through the western part of Wave Hill. This scenic trail leads to the Conifer Slope and Woodland Gazebo.

Visiting Wave Hill

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Overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades Cliffs of New Jersey, Wave Hill is located in the northwestern corner of the Bronx. This historic estate is nested in a serene residential neighborhood that seems like a world away from the hustle of New York City. Running through the heart of the Bronx, the Henry Hudson Parkway offers convenient access to this charming property. Interstate 87 is another major highway that cuts through the area. If you'd like to use public transportation to reach Wave Hill, take the Metro-North Railroad Hudson Line to the Riverdale station. This outdoor train platform is located about a quarter of a mile north of Wave Hill.

Location: West 249th Street, Bronx, New York, NY, 10471

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