8. Wave Hill

outside wave hill museum
Outside in the gardens of Wave Hill Museum.

Wave Hill is located in Riverdale in the Bronx. Opened in 1965, this outdoor museum is home to a vast 28 acres of gardens and more than 4,000 various trees and plants. There are also greenhouses and eight acres of forest. Wave Hill House was built in 1843 by William Lewis Morris, the grandnephew of Lewis Morris who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The Morris family was said to enjoy the view of the Hudson River at Wave Hill. Eventually, Theodore Roosevelt was brought to the estate by William Henry Appleton, a well-rounded New York publisher. Roosevelt was leased the estate in hopes of improving his bronchial health, which inspired him to create the “national parklands.” This beautiful museum is located at 4900 Independence Avenue in the Bronx. Its hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am.. until 5:30 p.m.