Wave Hill overlooks the mighty Hudson River. It is a 28-acre estate, public gardens, and non-profit cultural institution.
The estate was originally built in 1843, and since then, additional property purchased, landscaped, and “the grounds planned so as to enhance the property’s magnificent vistas”. Across the river, the New Jersey Palisades is a state park and is total undeveloped beauty.
In simple terms, Wave Hill is gorgeous.
I recently visited on a late afternoon Wednesday. They have what is called “Sunset Wednesday” – when normally they close at 4:30 or 5:30 (differs throughout the year; check their website before you visit) – on Wednesdays in the summer they stay open until 8:30, so you can view the sunset over the Hudson.
There is a marvelous greenhouse
which was closed when I arrived, but if you get there earlier you can wander through.
The gardens outside are varied and many – I think there are 6+ different themed gardens. Here is the Aquatic Garden:
and there are walking paths, where many of the structures and plants exist from the estate’s early history.
Teddy Roosevelt’s family rented Wave Hill during the summers of 1870 and 1871, and Mark Twain leased it from 1901 to 1903.
They likely sat in this very spot.
There are container gardens – I want a fig tree!
And succulent gardens
and here’s another view of the greenhouse and its surrounding garden.
The Wave Hill House is currently under restoration, so it was not open to the public. I can’t wait to go back when the house is open for tours.
When I visited, there was a barbeque where you could purchase hamburgers (veggy & not), hot dogs and various salads. There was a yoga class being offered (for an additional fee). I took a brief, half-hour guided tour of some of the gardens, and the rest of the 28-acres has paths and walking trails that you can explore on your own.
And of course, down below – the Hudson River.
There was live music.
It was wonderful classical guitar played by Andrew Geddis, as the sun slowly set behind him.
There are 2 more Sunset Wednesdays this summer – 8/3 and 8/10. It’s cool and breezy. They make it easy to visit.
You can drive yourself, you can take the train (Metro-North), or the subway. I took the #1 subway from midtown Manhattan, to W242 Street. Across the street is a Burger King, where a Wave Hill shuttle van picks up visitors every 30 minutes or so, and takes you directly to Wave Hill. Admission was only $8.00, and is less for students, children and seniors. Then, the shuttle takes you back to the subway (or Metro-North).
Quite the bargain!
Be sure to check out their website before you visit, to confirm hours and other details. Some days, admission is free!
Be sure to visit Wave Hill, and soon! You’ll love it.