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Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

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#5 of 7 in Parks in Bronx
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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  • So close to the city. Take the #1 train straight there and then you are a walk away from the park. Walk or bike the trails. this is a wonderful day trip  more »
  • This park really has it all. It has soccer fields, baseball fields, a pool, barbecuing areas, picnic tables, a large track for running/walking/biking, a golf course, hand ball courts, tennis courts, h...  more »
  • I absolutely love this park. I've been to this park many times over 10 years. The park has many parts to it. It has a public pool, a lake, picnic BBQ area and many walking trails. I recently went to t...  more »
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  • Huge park. Lots of sports and activities you can do there. Accessible by the 1 train. There's metered parking around the park. Parking might be limited if there are big events such as the weekly Saturday morning high school cross country races.
  • Too many good things to say. You can hike, bike and or just get lost and feel like you have left civilization behind. Bring the dog and have a get away. See Deer, chipmunks, skunks, and a few furry creatures I am not so sure about. BBQ ok and there is a pool! Just a great place year round.
  • Grew up taking rides out and giving lessons of the horse stable there. Lots of good memories. Lots of games in the fields, swimming pool in the next section of VCP.
  • Limited free parking but paid parking garage close by. Great place for family fun from playgrounds, dog parks, pools, tennis courts, running/walking/biking trails. Variety of athletic fields, picnic areas, learning facilities etc..
  • Wonderful park with very diverse attractions. I'm a huge fan of the trail running. Nothing technical (if you're experienced) but if you know your way, you can easily string together 10+ miles of running in the woods.

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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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