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Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

Visit the historic Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, a free municipal park in Yonkers, New York.

If you’ve been looking for an outdoor break not too far from New York City, then head to the Southern Hudson Valley to visit the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy in Yonkers. Open seven days a week from April through the end of October, this site, a former estate, offers a variety of gardens to explore. The Walled Garden, the Rock & Stream Garden, the Rhododendron Walk and the Garden of Love are just a few of these special spots to check out.

Additionally, visitors can also partake in one of the many tours offered. During the spring and summer, tour primarily take place on weekends, during the early mornings and afternoons. Go on a tour with the Garden’s President, or take a bird walk, a fungi walk, an easy walking tour and more. So whether you’re looking to spend a day with your family, or are eager to take time to connect with nature, the free 43-acre Untermyer Gardens Conservancy offers beautiful sights and experiences.

History of Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

The Greystone Mansion located on the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy premise, is an over 150 year old landmark! Established in 1865, Greystone was renowned for its size, and contained 99 rooms within its vast walls. Fourteen years after its creation, Greystone was bought from original owner John Waring, and sold to former U.S. governor, Samuel J. Tilden. While Tilden owned the estate, he built thirteen green houses for various fruits and vegetables and dedicated most of his time to gardening. Three years after Tilden’s passing in 1886, Samuel J. Untermyer, a successful lawyer bought the estate. After 15 years of owning it, Untermyer hired esteemed architect William Welles Bosworth to create a magnificent garden, which we now know today as the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy.

In 1946, sixteen acres of the gardens were donated to the city of Yonkers to be a public park. Like many other historical landmarks, however, the park began to deteriorate due to improper funding and was unfortunately ignored till the 1970s when a restoration effort was made. Though this effort was unsuccessful, the Open Space Institute was able to successfully restore this site during the mid-90s. They are credited with acquiring the rest of the 43 acres of land that account for the gardens today! The garden’s intricate history adds so much value that transcends the picturesque views of the park. All historical information is sourced from

Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

“A hidden gem in Yonkers. This park transports you to a time of the great gatzby. The gardens and river views are breath taking. From mosaic floors to a tall column gazebo you’ll feel like royalty strolling through the wonders of the estate park. There’s many wonders to explore. Enjoy the stroll.”

—Barbara Ramos-Lipson, Google

Take Amtrak to Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

Experience this gorgeous outdoor experience, just 2.5 miles from Yonkers YNY Amtrak Station in Hudson Valley—Don’t forget to use the See New York and Save 15% discount!

Where to Stay in the Hudson Valley

Looking for a getaway opportunity? Spend the night and experience all the Hudson Valley has to offer. Take a look at these great hotel options—some offering exclusive New York By Rail discounts!