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Van Cortlandt Park

Bronx, NY
+1 718-601-1460
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Ranked #10 of 30 attractions in Bronx
Type: Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Van Cortlandt Parkis the third largest New York City Park with 1,146 acres. Over half of the Park is forested and it has the largest freshwater lake... more » Owner description: Van Cortlandt Parkis the third largest New York City Park with 1,146 acres. Over half of the Park is forested and it has the largest freshwater lake in the borough. There is a lot of history in the Park: - It contains the Bronx's oldest building, the Van Cortlandt House built in 1748-49. The Park has the oldest municipal golf course in the United States, the Van Cortlandt Golf Course, founded in 1895. -It has a National Historic Landmark trail, the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, which travels the route of the city's original water tunnel. Inside VCP is a cross-country running course with a national reputation. Every year, the rugged course hosts the national cross-country championships as well as the Manhattan College Invitational for high school students throughout the U.S. « less
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Brooklyn, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
30 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Van Cortland Park is one of New York City's public park gems. It is intensely used by many different ethnic groups for many different sports, and yet there are still remote areas that feel like you are in the country side. Horse trails, cross-country running trails, long linear paths (Putnam and Aqueduct) that go for miles and miles up to... More

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New York City, New York
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167 reviews 167 reviews
47 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

an all natural park, great for walking, and it includes the historic VanCortland house. easy subway access. fields constantly filled with youngsters playing theirr favorite sports

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Like all parks, there are trees & ponds & flowers & animals. But, in Van Cortlandt Park there are COLORS! You can watch the seasons change in this gorgeous & vast park filled with so many colorful leaves which change in every season. My favorite part is the large section on Broadway. Here are ball fields & after school soccer... More

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

A great park for family, children and friends to hang out. The track is a great place to walk or run. There are plenty of activities for the kids. In the summer, the pool is open and they also offer swimming lessons. Great place for a BBQ or just to sit, read and relax.

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White Plains
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222 reviews 222 reviews
69 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Huge is not the word for this park. Super huge might be a better statement. There is so much that this park has to offer that one has to map out your own desires while visiting this park. From horse back riding to baseball, to basketball, to football. It goes on and on and on. Enjoy the great shape this... More

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Greenville, North Carolina
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107 reviews 107 reviews
62 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The 1,146 acres cover ridges and valleys in the northwest section of the Bronx. It's accessible by subway take the 1 train to the very end. It has playing fields of all kinds (you can often catch a game of cricket on the weekend on one of the cricket fields). It has the nation's oldest public golf course that is... More

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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Huge park. they have everything here and you can do everything too. In the summer they also have the pool which is ok if you go in the morning is better because in the afternoon it gets kinda pack w/ the young teens and it can get annoying when you want to go for a dip especially during the heat... More

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USA
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338 reviews 338 reviews
109 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I have spent just about my whole life in this park. I have so many great memories. Playing baseball, football, basketball, hockey, hand ball, tennis, jogging, fishing, skating, swimming, etc. It's a great park! People need to respect this place more and get rid of their trash in a proper manner. Keep VCP Green!

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Bronx, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I have been so busy so I have not been back recently. I rode past the place to get carrot cake at Lloyds and forgot how wonderful it really it. A true gem of the Bronx and you can always get the best carrot cake in the world right there.

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Bronx, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

I love the trails here! This is such a great place for a run, espeicially if you start near the Equestrian center in the northern section of the park. This is a real cross-roads of cultures, too. You can easily spot Indians playing croquet, Carribeans playing baseball and Dominican's having huge picnics with all the fixins and music. It's a... More

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