Spring is breaking out all over, including in The Bronx, New York City. This means that summer is approaching. Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer in the United States, and the people of The Bronx will be celebrating along with the rest of the country, spending time with loved ones and remembering the heroic men and women who have fallen in war while serving their country.
Van Cortlandt Park
If you are looking for a place to have a good old-fashioned Memorial Day picnic or a barbecue, go fishing, go for a hike, play a game of baseball or boccie, ride a bicycle or just hang out, Van Cortlandt Park can serve your needs. The park, which is the fourth largest in New York City, is located in the northwest Bronx on Broadway, Jerome Avenue and Van Cortlandt Park South. It is easily accessible by subway, bus or car. Although Van Cortlandt Park often hosts concerts and other performances, there are none planned for Memorial Day this year. However, it is still possible to have a good time, taking advantage of the many park facilities. Warning: if the weather is nice on Memorial Day, the barbecuing areas will likely become crowded. You might want to get there early, to claim a good spot.
Wave Hill is one of the most beautiful spots in all of the five boroughs of New York City. It is located in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, overlooking the Hudson River. It is a combination public botanical garden and cultural center. Wave Hill will be open on Memorial Day, and they will be offering a special hour-long guided garden walk beginning at 2:00 PM. The walk is free with admission, which is $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for students and seniors and $2.00 for children 6 years old and up. Admission is free to members and to children under 6 years old. Picnics are allowed at Wave Hill in only one designated area, and it is kept very clean and free of litter. There is a cafe where food and beverages can be bought. The selection is small, but the food is quite good. It is also pricey, but that is to be expected. While you are there, you might want to take a look at the art museum and the greenhouse, walk along the woodland path and visit the aquatic garden.
You can find directions to Wave Hill here.
The New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is too big and too diverse to see it all in one day. It is built on land that was formerly the estate of a wealthy tobacco merchant. It is an awesome place. It will be open the entire Memorial Day weekend, with many exhibitions and tours to choose from. On Memorial Day they will be offering a tour of the beautiful Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, beginning at 1:00 PM. Exhibitions will be ongoing in the Gallery, the Library, the Science Gallery and the Conservatory and there will be demonstrations in the Home Gardening Center.
Admission to the grounds only (which does not include the Conservatory, any of the exhibitions or the use of the trams for touring the garden) is $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for adult Bronx residents, $3.00 for seniors and students with valid ID, and $1.00 for children ages 2-12. Children under 2 years of age are admitted free.
An all-garden pass, which includes admission to the Conservatory, the exhibitions and the trams, costs $20.00 for adults, $18.00 for students and seniors, $8.00 for children ages 2-12. Members and children under 2 years of age are admitted free.
If you are in The Bronx on Memorial Day and you are looking for something to do, those are three ways you can celebrate the holiday in style.