Located just 12 miles from midtown Manhattan, Wave Hill is in the Riverdale section of the Bronx—accessible by car or public transportation. Onsite parking is available on a limited basis.
Take Metro-North to the Riverdale Station on the Hudson Line, the #1 Subway to the Van Cortlandt Park/West 242nd Street station, or one of several bus routes. See below for options.
Shuttle service runs on Saturday and Sunday, conditions permitting. See below for the routes and pick-up and drop-off schedule. Passengers must be prepared to wear a mask while on the shuttle, in accordance with NYC requirements for public transportation.
4900 Independence Avenue
Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10AM–5:30PM
Last admission at 5PM
Grounds close at 5:15PM
Take the Hudson Line train to the Riverdale Station. Walking from the station, uphill at first, takes 15 minutes.
By #1 Subway
Take the #1 subway northbound to the last stop—Van Cortlandt Park/West 242nd Street.
Express bus service on the BXM1 runs between the East Side of Manhattan and Riverdale, and the BXM2 between the West Side of Manhattan and Riverdale. You may also take the BX7 or BX10 bus to West 252nd Street. The stop for Wave Hill on all lines is at 252nd Street and the Henry Hudson Parkway with only a 6-minute walk to the front gate.
Wave Hill’s onsite parking lot is open, and our offsite lot—the Riverdale Park Parking Lot—is only two minutes from Wave Hill’s front entrance by car if the onsite lot is full when you arrive.
Metro-North Riverdale Station
- Pick-ups from Metro-North:
Arrives hourly, starting at 10:55AM. The last pick-up is 3:55PM.
- Leaves for Metro-North:
Leaves Wave Hill's front gate hourly, starting at 10:50AM. The last drop-off leaves at 4:50PM.
- Pick-ups at subway:
Arrives at Burger King and W. 242nd Street 10 minutes past the hour, starting at 10:10AM. The last pick-up is at 4:10PM.
- Leaves for subway:
Leaves Wave Hill's front gate hourly, starting at 10:00AM. The last drop-off leaves at 5:00PM.
Riverdale Park/Riverdale Country School
- Pick-ups at parking lots:
Arrives 25 minutes past the hour, starting at 10:25AM. The last pick-up is at 4:25PM.
- Leaves for parking lots:
Leaves Wave Hill's front gate hourly, starting at 10:20AM. The last drop-off leaves at 5:20PM.
School Buses & Commercial Vehicles
Commercial vehicles are not permitted on the Henry Hudson Parkway, but are permitted on the parkway service road. Weekday use of the Cross Bronx Expressway (to the Major Deegan Expressway northbound) is discouraged due to frequent congestion.
Bus passengers must disembark outside the Front Gate (4900 Independence Ave. at W. 249th St.) upon arriving at Wave Hill. Buses are not permitted on the grounds.
Trucks are advised to approach Wave Hill via Broadway and Mosholu Avenue (near W. 260th St.). Approaching via Riverdale Avenue from W. 230th Street, while suitable for buses, requires low clearance at the Manhattan College Parkway underpass (near W. 240th St. and the Henry Hudson Parkway). Over-height trucks must return to Broadway to navigate around this underpass. Do not attempt shortcuts; adjacent residential areas have narrow streets, tight turns, and commercial vehicle restrictions.
Deliveries are made to Wave Hill House through the back entrance at W. 252nd Street, unless otherwise directed.