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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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Serves so many recreational needs.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
trvlerchamp
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New York City, New York

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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Thank AKaison
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Hebron, lsrael
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
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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Thank Dave S
Bronx, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

This certainly is a large park in the Bronx, but it ranks second to Pelham Bay Park in total acreage. Nevertheless it affords the visitor the use of tennis courts, softball fields, playgrounds for children and many trails for just walking through the park. Bordered by 233rd Street and the Major Deegan Expressway, this attraction is well worth the trip... More 

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Odenton, United States
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

This park is tremendous. It has playgrounds, athletic fields, swimming pools, horse stables and is conveniently at the end of one of the above ground trains. Food trucks run the gammat during the day and this is a great way to sample all the cultural foods that make New York a great city.

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

This is really a lovely setting among the business of the city, located in the Northern edge of the Bronx. It is such a large park, that coyotes have used it as a thorofare to the city, from upstate NY. Not a place to be after dark, it has wonderful walking trails and facilities, which can be used without concern... More 

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