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Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

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Van Cortlandt Park…

- is the third largest New York City Park with 1,146 acres.

- has the largest freshwater lake in the borough.

- contains The Bronx’s oldest building, the Van Cortlandt House built in 1748-49.

- has the oldest municipal golf course in the United States, the Van Cortlandt Golf Course, founded in 1895.

- has a National Historic Landmark trail, the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, which travels the route of the city’s original water tunnel.

- has 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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Where to stay in Bronx

The Bronx is home to a number of mid-range hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns. As is the case anywhere in the city, eager sightseers should look for something close to a subway station for easy access to the city’s many attractions. However, you should be aware that these areas often get busy and noisy in the morning with commuters. A vacation rental provides a home away from home and plenty of amenities, and many are located in residential neighborhoods that will help you get off the tourist trail.
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  • I grew up next to Van Cortlandt Park and so count myself lucky to be familiar with most of the park. My favourite aspect of the park is all the woodland trails. You really would forget that you were i...  more »
  • Running track, handball courts, paved bicycle and walking trails. Dirt trails also. horse stable, golf course. Get this, one of the dirt trails is considered what remains of the old Putnam train line....  more »
  • ​Huge park, very scenic in the fall. It is relatively flat so it is easier to navigate compared to other parks in the city. Easily accessible by subway, with the station right next to one of the park ...  more »
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  • Van Cortland is a beautiful park. Come to the Bronx and go hiking on wooded trails. Or watch a Cricket match on a Saturday afternoon. With tennis courts, a walking track, a pond, a small wetlands area, falcons and hibachis this Bronx gem has something for everyone
  • This park is great. It has several baseball or softball fields as well as swimming pools for adults and children. There's plenty of space for sun bathing and BBQS for everyone. They also have a 🏇 stable and a golf course, running track and other sports related facilities. Parking is available and plenty of public transportations such as trains and buses will get you there 24/7.
  • This is by far the best public park in the Bronx. It has amenities such as baseball fields, soccer fields, barbecue area, toddler playground, pet playground, hiking trails, running track, golf, handball, and many more. Also the bird species migration is phenomenal for bird lovers. I would definitely recommend this park to anyone for any occasion.
  • Such a big park. There are so many trails you can take and you will forget that your still in the Bronx. Great park. Sucks there is no free parking.
  • It would be a much better park like central and prospect with a major around the park bicycle trail. Inner restaurant by the lake....kiosks for foid...redesigned with charming scenic areas. I dont feel safe going deep into the park by myself.