Yesterday I ended up stumbling on a stunning hidden garden in New York. Earlier in the day I was huffing and puffing because I desperately wanted to get out of the apartment. Unfortunately, when I did go outside it was too hot!! I tried finding parking in the UWS to hang out at one of the parks but I couldn’t find parking and it was just so hot!! Did I say that already?
Anyways we decided to skip the park and went for a drive north wanting to escape the hot city. I don’t know why I thought it would be cooler going north or just being outdoors sounded nice.
I originally aimed to go Harvest on the Hudson which is a beautiful restaurant with a park in front of it as well as a huge playground. A little more than halfway there, I decided to go to the nearest park. Luckily for us, google maps showed us near a garden called Untermyer Gardens.
The Walled Garden
When we got there it was pretty empty, there was literally no one outside. I thought maybe it was closed. I walked towards it anyway. The garden’s outer walls look like a castle. When you enter, it does not look like you are in New York, it’s so open and peaceful. I almost forgot about how hot it was (until I had to walk upstairs). This place is just beautiful!! It has long fountains in the center surrounded by so much greenery.
There is a walkway that someone told me has “a thousand steps.” It’s not literally that many steps but its a LONG walk up. When you go to the end of it, there is a 306-degree standing area that overlooks the Hudson.
I’m a sucker for gardens and this has to be one of the prettiest gardens I have been to. Not because it’s filled with flowers but because it is so open and unique. It really transports you to a different time.
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, I would highly recommend checking out this hidden garden. Untermyer Gardens are located about 50 minutes from Midtown.
There is a party coming up on Sunday, July 28 called “The Forgotten Garden Party”. More details on http://www.untermyergardens.org/.
I was so happy to stumble across this Garden. Do you know of any other hidden gems around New York?
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