Wave Hill Garden and Cultural Center

Wave Hill. Photo credit: Joshua Bright

Wave Hill, in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, is a public garden and cultural center on the site of a 28 acre historic estate overlooking the Hudson River.

The Wave Hill House was constructed in 1843 and has had multiple owners and occupants, including Teddy Roosevelt’s family and Mark Twain. The property was given to the City of New York in 1960.

A visitor center, galleries, performance spaces, shop, cafe, and dining room now occupy the Wave Hill House and other estate buildings. The estate grounds have been transformed into a botanical garden.

The Wave Hill gardens cover 28 acres and include a flower garden, herb garden, aquatic garden, conifer slope, wild garden, alpine house, conservatory, and woodlands area.

The Wave Hill Cafe is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a menu that focuses on local and seasonal produce.

The Shop at Wave Hill sells a variety of items local artists and toys, plants, and food items that promote Wave Hill’s mission of connecting people with nature.

See Wave Hill visitors reviews and tips at TripAdvisor.


Free Admission

Admission to Wave Hill is free of charge from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The regular admission fee during other times is $8 for adults, $4 for students and seniors (65+), and $2 for children ages 6+.

Please visit the Wave Hill website for details regarding admission and hours of operation.



Wave Hill is located at West 249th Street and Independence Avenue in the Bronx.

If you are arriving by car, there is an onsite parking fee of $8 per vehicle. Free parking is available at an off-site lot and continuous, complimentary shuttle service between the parking lot and Wave Hill is available.

For those arriving by public transit, free shuttle service to Wave Hill is available from nearby train, subway, and bus stops.

You’ll find a complete set of directions at the Wave Hill website.


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