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Van Cortlandt Park

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Address: Bronx, NY
Phone Number: +1 718-601-1460
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Van Cortlandt Parkis the third largest New York City Park with 1,146 acres....

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.

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Its not better than central park, but its nice to walk through . Has alot of hills in the park , & big rocks

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Nykia P
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Atlantic City

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Its not better than central park, but its nice to walk through . Has alot of hills in the park , & big rocks

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The #1 train brought me to its northern terminal station, Van Cortlandt Park, in the northwestern Bronx. I was greeted by the aromas from numerous barbecues, glanced at the wetlands, walked around the freshwater lake, skirted the first public golf course in America, watched a cricket game on the parade ground, enjoyed dogs frolicking happily in the canine park, and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The park is beautiful and big, but it gets too crowded in the summer months to the point of been almost dangerous.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Large and beautiful park, excellent playground. The pool is extremely nice and large. Just be aware they want to see the lining in your shorts! ( for what reason I am unsure) and I found the carcass of a dead bird in the men's locker room near the urinals, so sanitation/cleanliness may be an issue here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

The park and the rest of the areas are so relaxing and peaceful you will find it hard to believe that you are in the middle of the Bronx it's a great place to go for some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of your holiday,it's just so perfect,we really liked the folks who we met there.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Tomorrow the New York Philharmonic will be playing one of their free summertime concerts on the Parade Ground. Fireworks will follow. But even when there isn't an event it is a great place to walk or run or watch Cricket or baseball. And the Parade Grounds are across the street from the best Carrot Cake bakery in the world. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Took a stoll and love it. Watching the people and enjoying the comfortable breeze... will return tomorrow

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

This park played a key role in the Revolutionary War. Post the Battle of Long Island, Washington was in full retreat. The stone house standing in the southwest end of the park was a temporary HQ for General Washington prior to his retreat across the Hudson into New Jersey. In fact, the Patriot forces got crushed by the Red Coats... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

On summer it gets seriously packed. No parking and very hard to find parking. Better of taking 1 train to last stop if you're just walking around without having to carry anything. Over all it's very big lots of fields, soccer, baseball, track, tennis, basketball.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

The park is large, but not so special. What is interesting here is the Van Cortlandt Mansion (1749), which is visitable with limited opening hours (check the lnternet). The attendant, a young Hispanic man, was exceedingly friendly when this reviewer was there.

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