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“Hidden gem in the Bronx”
Review of Wave Hill

Wave Hill
Ranked #6 of 67 things to do in Bronx
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A non-profit cultural institution that is located on 26 acres in the Bronx, whose mission is to explore the interaction between people and their natural environment through the maintenance of gardens, greenhouses and environmental protection programs for residents and visitors.
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Wave Hill, nestled in the Riverdale section of the Bronx in New York, is a great park to spend your entire morning, afternoon or the whole day. The gardens are so beautiful and the views are so picturesque. I've seen flowers I've never seen before. I would recommend going to this place in the fall and spring. It would be amazing. Do not forget to bring your best camera because trust me you going to be taking a lot of pictures. It cost $8 to park inside and $8 per person admission. If you spend $40 in the gift shop they will refund your admission. They have picnic designated areas if you are bringing food, otherwise you can buy refeshments from Wave Hill House Cafe.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Set in Riverdale along the New York side of the Palisades . Lots of hiking trails and gardens . Indoor spaces and garden store . Eat outdoors at the Cafe and take in the views .

Thank Thomas S
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Beautifully situated on the Hudson with very nice views of the Palisades. Nice gardens with lots of seating to relax and enjoy the place. Galleries with some interesting and unusual modern art exhibits and an excellent shop.

Thank neilepi
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Wave Hill is a public park that encompasses two large estates. The homes are open and are nice, but the reason to come is for the landscaping. The entire campus is meticulously laid out to entertain the senses: expertly trimmed trees framing views of the George Washington Bridge, the Palisades or the Hudson River, an allee of scented shrubs that comes alive for a few weeks a year, the burbling of a koi pond blooming with aquatic plants. Set-piece gardens offer mood-specific vignettes: a gnarly twig bench in a gazebo amid a tangle of evergreen shrubs offers a spot favored by couples holding hands; a shade garden with a small mosaic medallion set in the grass is perfect for taking a nap; broad lawns for families to lounge [no picnicking or ball-tossing, except on designated days, alas].

The Wave Hill House runs great youth art programs integrating the natural surroundings, perfect for younger kids. The recently restored house is beautiful, and very significant historically, with many famous residents and visitors. The other big house, Glyndor, is a fairly pedstrian neo-Georgian manse. It is used for art exhibits, some good some not.

When we moved to dowdy, un-hip Riverdale from the much cooler Park Slope, much mourning set in. It was the discovery of Wave Hill, its grace, elegance, joy, and beauty, that soothed that adjustment. We have been in Riverdale now for fifteen years, and it has grown on us - no doubt we have become un-hip - but we still love, and often visit, Wave Hill.

Thank michael g
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Wave Hill is an amazing place. It's botanical highlights include varied environments--a woodland, hilltop 'forest', a wildflower garden, a sun-drenched lilly pond, meadows, Hudson river vistas replete with sailboats and barges, and bird sanctuary, and much, much more. Now that Wave Hill House has reopened, it's even more spectacular. You can have a picnic or just melt into one of the Adirondack chairs sprinkled across the property, wander footpaths and gardens, or just soak up quiet and peace in a shaded pergola. It's free On Tuesdays! Take advantage!

Thank jvh212
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