Untermyer Gardens

Untermyer Gardens, Yonkers: Hours, Address, Untermyer Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Untermyer Gardens
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Untermyer Gardens is a 46 acre former estate that is now a public garden. Open seven days a week it includes multiple garden areas including a Walled Garden, a grand Vista, a Ruin Garden, the Temple of Love, a Rhododendron Walk and a Rock and Stream Garden.
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Cold Spring, NY1,227 contributions
Sep 2020
Beautiful gardens in Yonkers?? YES.
Be advised that during the pandemic, free, timed tickets are required (easy)
The gardens, sculptures and fountains are to be seen.
One pathway leads to an outstanding view of the Hudson River with the Palisades in the background.
We were disappointed that we were unable to see the mosaics but they are in process of being restored.
Written September 8, 2020
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John K
Brooklyn, NY23 contributions
Dec 2019
The Untermeyer Estate is long, long gone, but what remains are the sprawling gardens. Fallen into decayed ruins, the gardens have been (and continue to be) lovingly restored by conservators and a phalanx of volunteers, and their work is glorious. "Temples," pathways, winding staircases up and down various terraces, all overlooking the beautiful Hudson River. The spectacular Persian Garden is a sight to behold and truly transportive to a different time and culture that held Untermeyer in its thrall. Spring and summer are the best times to visit, when the blooms are out and the fountains are functioning. But, really, anytime is worth a visit just to catch a glimpse of the long lost Gilded Age of New York. There are always friendly and knowledgeable docents present to answer any questions. For a peaceful, contemplative visit that is far from the madding crowd.
Written March 8, 2020
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Weekend W
124 contributions
Dec 2019
For most people outside of Yonkers Untermyer Gardens is an unknown entity. Driving by the tall concrete wall on North Broadway hides all that this wonderful garden has to offer. The spring flowers and the Christmas light display get better every year.

Restoration has been ongoing and slowly but surely its former beauty is coming back to life. The combination of water features and statuary add additional interest to the compound. The summer concert series also is a nice treat!

There are no food stalls or gift shops and that's a good thing. Simply enjoy the seasonal flora and special events as nature intended.

Its worth a ride for the Holiday Lights so put it on your calendar. Free hot chocolate too!
Written March 22, 2020
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Brooklyn, NY198 contributions
Aug 2020
This place is beautiful but we did not get any time to enjoy it. We requested a ticket for the 3:30 - 4 pm time slot. The website said they closed at 6pm, as did our ticket. We arrived just before 4pm and were told the gardens were closing at 4:30p.m. We drove over an hour to get to these gardens and would have requested an earlier timed entry had we known they were closing early for a ticketed outdoor concert. This was a planned early closing so there's really no excuse for not letting people know. The gardens should not have even offer a time entry at 4pm if they were closing at 4:30p.m.. Once we got inside the gardens were crowded with people doing photoshoots so it was hard to navigate without getting in the way. The views inside the garden were beautiful but we were only inside a few minutes when the staff started rushing everyone to head towards the exits. If you come here maybe try a weekday or a morning instead. If you're coming from a distance definitely call ahead to make sure the hours on your ticket are accurate.

We ended up walking the Croton Aqueduct Trail instead as there was an entrance nearby. It's not as pretty but was accessible and a very pleasant, long walk.
Written September 15, 2020
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Nashville, TN2,511 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
Beautiful green spot in Yonkers, about half an hour outside the city. Pretty panoramic views, gorgeous expansive gardens, intriguing architecture that makes you think maybe this is a little Greek oasis. Walking paths. Very peaceful for the most part (aside from the typical selfie taking groups). Picnic areas. Free entry! I’m going to stop by again when traveling outside NYC.
Written June 15, 2021
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Siobhan O
Brooklyn, NY58 contributions
Aug 2021
One of my new favorite places to visit. Free to get in and free parking. Many beautiful gardens to walk and see overlooking the Hudson River. I highly recommend this garden to all my friends. A nice day trip out of Brooklyn.
Written September 6, 2021
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Donavan M
13 contributions
Aug 2019
From the street, the gardens inside a hidden behind brick walls. But take a stroll inside and wow.... you forget there is a hospital and executive park up the road loaded with businesses. Perfect for a break from work or even an afternoon of relaxation.
Written March 13, 2020
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Gina M
New York47 contributions
Jun 2014 • Solo
Untermyer Gardens is Yonkers, hidden secret. Once you enter the Walled Gardens, you are going back in time... perhaps the Great Gatsby days will come to mind. The sculptures, ponds w/ gold fish, along with the amazing plants, trees, & view of the Hudson River & the Palisades will simply take your breathe away! The landscaping changes w/ the Seasons.

Walking on the grounds (outside the Walled Gardens) you will see at first sight the 9/11 Memorial. In the Summer, there is a stage for their FREE Summer Concerts that are held on Saturdays from May - Sept.

To the Right and farther down the path you will come across the Vista Steps. Do not be surprised if you come across the majestic wildlife that make their home at Untermyer. Once you are down the Vista Steps your breathe will be taken away yet again from the view & the Roman Marble columns that make the 'frame.'

The "Temple of Love" is on the opposite of the Gardens. It is directly behind the 9/11 Memorial.
Once there, you get the feeling of being in Lord of the Rings. It transcends to a Fantasy-like atmosphere.

Be even MORE adventurous & go for a hike along the Croton Reserve Trail. You will come across the abandoned Carriage House. Turn OFF that cell phone & just enjoy the sounds of nature.

Make it a point to bring a camera or have your cell phone fully charged because you will not be able to control yourself - you will become an instant 'photo bug!"

Is Free, but you can donate for the park's upkeep.

TOURS: Available on either Saturdays or Sundays from Spring to Fall - check online for upcoming events.

PARKING: Is Free but the lot is small. You can park to the left of the parking lot & if that is full, then park on NORTH BROADWAY in front of Untermyer.

OPEN: All year round

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a playground. There are no swings, etc. Also, NO DOGS ALLOWED!
Written November 6, 2014
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New York City, NY858 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
One step onto these grounds gets your instincts screaming there's a lot of history that's gone down here. Untermyer Gardens is a public park, just 20 minutes north of Manhattan. While parts of the gardens are perfectly manicured, they are surrounded by a crumbling facade. Cross-crossing canals with clean flowing water are surrounded by gorgeous blooming tulips but it all leads to a drained pool with a cracked mosaic bottom, one that even in ruins is quite stunning.

This bizarre and wonderful 40+acre park is nestled on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, right next to Saint John's Riverside Hospital. It's been dubbed as 'American's Greatest Forgotten Garden' and it's easy to see why as it's hidden by a giant wall. These grounds are a real gem for both garden and history lovers. As someone who loves exploring, especially when it involves a touch of spooky, this park truly captured my heart .

Untermyer Gardens was created by Samuel Untermyer with his wife Minnie Untermyer around 1915. With their shared passions for exotic plants and green thumbs their intention was to build the finest garden in the word on their estate. The results were an eclectic mix of ancient Greek and Indo-Persian designs which has been hailed as one of the 'most celebrated gardens in America' during the 1920's. The grounds now belong to the City of Yonkers and are fortunately being restored back to their glory.

The most popular area in the park is the Walled Garden. Inside the walls you see cross-crossing canals symbolizing the four ancient rivers. The quadrants represent the elements: earth, air, fire and water. The flowing canals are lined with rows of flowers and lush landscaping. Facing North, at the end of the Walled Garden, is an open-air amphitheater. It's decorated with two sphinxes on top of marble columns with the amphitheater behind it. The floor of the amphitheater is made up of a gorgeous mosaic.

On the west side of the Walled Garden is a roofless gazebo called Temple of the Sky which is made up of Corinthian columns. This area has fantastic views of a sprawling lawn, the Hudson River and the Palisades. A terrace below the temple leads you to what once was a large reflecting pool, unfortunately it's currently drained and in need of major repairs.

Right next to the amphitheater, heading west towards the Hudson River, is an area called The Vista. This is accessible via an inconspicuous doorway leading out of the Walled Garden which opens to a long descending stairway. The Vista is said to be modeled after the well-known Villa D'Este originally found in Lake Como, Italy. At the bottom of the stairs is the Overlook, which is a circular area flanked by two monolithic ancient Roman Columns.

Another well known area is the Temple of Love. This area is currently under renovation and not accessible to the public. I will definitely be coming back to see this. It looks like a tower built of rocks with a four-columned gazebo on top.

My four year old daughter and I had a great morning exploring these gardens. There were just a few other people there during our visit, which was surprising considering how remarkable these grounds are. When I got home I started doing some research on this park, that's when I came across its spooky history! It's rumored that the Son of Sam's Devil Cave is located in the park and that he used to spend his time there. There are also stories told about occults hanging out on the grounds at night. So, is this garden haunted? I'm not so sure but I wouldn't go there at night. After all, the garden's silence seemed so...loud.

The park is free and open to the public, it even has free parking. Hours 7am - sunset daily.

Best time to visit is during the summer when the gardens are in full bloom.

The Temple of Love, which features waterworks that haven't functioned in 75 years, is in the middle of a major renovation with plans for it to be back in working order by late spring 2016.

Visit untermyergardens.org for more information and a full schedule on history and horticulture tours (small fee). The grounds are open year-round for free, self-guided tours.

Samuel Untermyers and Minnie Untermyer are fascinating people. I'm not a history buff but really enjoyed learning about their contributions to society, be sure to google them.

Strollers are allowed but there are areas not accessible via wheels.

There are no food vendors although there are picnic tables if you bring your own food.

Dogs are not allowed.

Restrooms, water fountains & pamphlets with a park map are available at the community center (which is in the parking lot).

Parking: There are two small lots with spaces for about twenty cars next to the community center at Untermyer. In addition, there is street parking along North Broadway which is both metered (coin operated) and unmetered.
Written April 18, 2016
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Bronxville, NY212 contributions
Dec 2019
Lovely for an hour's stroll, especially when the daffodils are in bloom, and the Persian Garden during the holidays. Terrific views of the Hudson River and the Palisades.
Written December 21, 2019
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Untermyer Gardens is open:
  • Mon - Mon 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tue - Sun 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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