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Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
(4.4/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The van Cordtland Park in the Bronx is perhaps not as well known as other parks of NYC but undoubtedly beautiful. With the underground line 1 (red) to the end point, then a few steps and you're in this large, very natural. A large lake in the middle of the Park, a traditional golf course and many possibilities, such as the picnic in the countryside. An experience for all who want to become acquainted with other, perhaps less well-known corners of NYC.
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  • Love this park for the biking trails. The Putnam bike trail was great. Leading all the way up to Yonkers. There is a beautiful Lake by the side of the trail and plenty of places to take pics or just r...  more »
  • A city recreation mecca, Van Cortlandt Park hosts facilities for a long list of sports: baseball, basketball, bocci, cricket, football, soccer, tennis, handball, paddleball, and golf. Additionally the...  more »
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  • Wonderful park. It's really big, has a field for playing soccer, football, baseball, whatever you want. Has hiking trails, a pool, and so much more. The (1) train along with a bunch of MTA and Bee Line buses via Broadway make it easy to reach.
  • I enjoy walking my best friend Bella on a cool day like yesterday. I found it unhealthy for my pet to go back. I know we all heard it before step in some unknowingly and get good luck. No one is picking up behind their pets, so I will begin to tie some extra bags just in case. Meet you there, woofing with you.
  • Love to go for walks in the Northwest Woods or around the Parade Ground, or just pull up a chair by the lake. I wish more people in Manhattan realized how great the park is... but then again, maybe not, because then it'd be more crowded! ;)
  • It's a beautiful place to run, play cricket (for those of you that do), have a picnic, nature watch, and just about all the park activities you can think of. The back hills are especially nice on hot summer days, providing shade and cool breezes. There are many trails you can follow deep in side the northern part of the park. The South County Trail is frequented by many, taking you as far north as Elmsford.
  • Great for a quick walk/run in the afternoon - kids play area to entertain while you complete a quick workout