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Van Cortlandt Park

Park, Baseball Field, and Field
Broadway (W. 242nd St.), Bronx, NY 10471, United States
Hours:
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 8:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
    • 1:00 PM–2:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
    • Noon–1:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
    • 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
    • 4:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
    • Noon–6:00 PM
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Yes (incl. American Express)

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  • What you need to know
    New York Post
    oldest public golf course and the Van Cortlandt House Museum(3 Tips)
    Brian C.
    Public golf course accessible by subway.(3 Tips)
    Rachel T.
    The NY Philharmonic will be performing here on Tuesday, July 17th.(2 Tips)
    Stephanie Y.
    Best XC course in the nation.(2 Tips)
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  • C.J.

    #rideout hitting the trails wooo!

    C.J. · 3 weeks ago
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  • drew t.

    Beautiful park that is easy to get lost in. Be careful of the dirt bike path, if you take it all the way north you get to west chester. Go even further north and you'll reach Canada (eventually).

    drew tarvin · 3 weeks ago
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  • New York Post

    The 1,000-acre park at the end of the 1 line boasts the largest freshwater lake in The Bronx, the country’s oldest public golf course and the Van Cortlandt House Museum, the borough’s oldest house. Read more

    New York Post · April 23
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  • Guausosky T T.

    Greenwich ny.

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  • Harlem A.

    A nature trail. A running track. (2) golf courses AND a museum? If they added a zoo & rink, you might confuse this place with Central Park! Ideal for bird watching and tree gazing in all it's glory!!!

    Harlem Ambassador · December 28, 2014
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  • Akiko B.

    The back hills are tough on the 3 mile loop but it's beautiful and peaceful.

    Akiko Bombita · September 21, 2014
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  • chrissy s.

    Explore the beauty!

    chrissy spaziano · May 17, 2014
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  • Stephanie Y.

    Best XC course in the nation. Buzenesh Deba and other running legends train here.

    Stephanie Yang · May 10, 2014
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  • Umit I.

    Hidden treasure, if you know how to explore.

    Umit Iskender Logan · April 28, 2014
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  • Dawnie N.

    Stay on the trails! There are poison ivy all over the place.

    Dawnie Ngo · April 26, 2014
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  • New York Habitat

    Fantastic park that offers a great space for outdoor activities, such as throwing a BBQ, playing tennis, golf and going horseback riding!

    New York Habitat · April 16, 2014
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  • NYC Parks

    Van Cortlandt Park is one of the country’s premiere cross country courses. The century-old course tests even the hardiest runners. Follow the 3-mile and 5-mile loops of the Cross Country Running Trail Read more

    NYC Parks · November 12, 2013
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  • Eva M.

    The golf house bar/coffee shop is classic

    Eva Milberg Kalikoff · November 3, 2013
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  • Anthony B.

    Watch out for the goose poop.

    Anthony Brodie · November 3, 2013
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  • NYC Parks

    Fall Foliage: Take the Muir Trail, the park’s only east-west trail, to enjoy the red colors of the oaks and the golden colors of the hickory trees.

    NYC Parks · October 17, 2013
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  • Anthony B.

    Watch out for the goose droppings. :-)

    Anthony Brodie · October 6, 2013
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  • NYC Parks

    The "Flock" sculpture by the Art Students League of New York refers to the many types of birds that stop by the park, a symbol for the area's diverse population. On view until May 13, 2014.

    NYC Parks · October 3, 2013
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  • Johnny B.

    If you want a near wilderness experience and you live in the city, this is the park for you. It's a bit similar to Central Park, but better.

    Johnny Blake · August 25, 2013
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  • Pedro

    Watch out, some chicks up here got an ass!!!

    Pedro · August 8, 2013
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  • Gabriel

    Great event!!!

    Gabriel · July 23, 2013
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  • Time Out New York

    Those looking for fresh scenery and more of a challenge can find it on Van Cortlandt’s many paths; don’t miss the famed cross-country trail, which winds and twists along three-and-five-mile loops. Read more

    Time Out New York · July 11, 2013
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  • Time Out New York

    George Washington famously slept at this manse on at least two occasions during the Revolutionary War, as well as once on his way back into Manhattan to reclaim the city from the British. Read more

    Time Out New York · June 28, 2013
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  • Time Out New York

    The 1,000-acre space is the fourth largest park in the city and offers live concerts, horseback riding, an outdoor pool, hiking and cross-country trails, a historic house museum and two golf courses. Read more

    Time Out New York · June 13, 2013
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  • NYC Parks

    Go fish! The gorgeous 18-acre Van Cortlandt Lake is home to plenty of yellow perch, as well as brown bullhead catfish, largemouth bass, black crappie, and carp. Read more

    NYC Parks · June 7, 2013
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  • The Corcoran Group

    Take your pups here for a taste of an agility course run at the Canine Court. The first public dog playground in the country! Walk along the running path after agility training for a cool down.

    The Corcoran Group · June 4, 2013
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  • NYC Parks

    The Art Students League of NY has created another monumental sculpture for Parks. Flock is a 15-foot swirl of birds in flight which represent the diversity of the Bronx. On display until May 13, 2014 Read more

    NYC Parks · May 21, 2013
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  • Mike T.

    Really nice place to have a summer party

    Mike Thomas · March 8, 2013
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  • Marian d.

    the park boasts a past rich in culture, well-versed in history, and blessed with the intrinsic beauty of nature.

    Marian del Rosario · February 21, 2013
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  • Ali Husnain A.

    Best park after Central park.

    Ali Husnain Abbasi · December 7, 2012
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  • NYC Parks

    Get fit while experiencing one of New York's fall treasures. Through a guided Walk NYC program, you can see Van Cortlandt Park's many colors while getting free fitness pointers. Read more

    NYC Parks · October 25, 2012
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  • New York Habitat

    This is a great park where you can relax and play games in the Bronx! For the summer, this is a great place to watch movie screenings, watch performances and have a BBQ with your friends!

    New York Habitat · August 24, 2012
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  • Rachel T.

    The NY Philharmonic will be performing here on Tuesday, July 17th.

    Rachel Tarlow · July 15, 2012
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  • Brian C.

    Public golf course accessible by subway.

    Brian Chen · July 14, 2012
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  • MetroFocus

    Experience classical music in the great outdoors this summer for free with New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks. Find out when they'll perform in Van Cortlandt Park on MetroFocus Read more

    MetroFocus · June 1, 2012
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  • jennifer P.

    The cops constantly patrol at night because of the male prostitution goings on in the woods. Watch for used condoms.

    jennifer Pietrzyk · April 1, 2012
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  • MetroFocus

    With over 1,000 acres, Van Cortlandt Park is sure to please with its hiking trails that let you reconnect with nature. Don't forget your walking shoes & camera! Find more nature spots on MetroFocus Read more

    MetroFocus · March 30, 2012
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  • Jake S.

    This is the park where the meeting with the gangs occurs (it was actually filmed in Riverside Park for the movie).

    Jake Smith · February 21, 2012
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  • NYC Parks

    Take a leisurely walk around the lake or hike the John Muir Nature Trail in this woodsy paradise.

    NYC Parks · January 27, 2012
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  • The Corcoran Group

    A true escape from the city and the place to go for a challenging cross-country run or to let Fido run for what seems like miles and miles.

    The Corcoran Group · January 6, 2012
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  • Gabe M.

    very big !!!!, go horse back riding, running, sun tanning, etc

    Gabe Martin · December 28, 2011
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  • New York Public Library

    Van Cortlandt Library is situated nearby the Jerome Park Reservoir and historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Read more

    New York Public Library · December 6, 2011
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  • NYC Parks

    Love theater? Check out Mask, a theatrical mask sculpture created by an international team of seven Art Students League of New York sculptors, south of Van Cortlandt House Museum until May 2012. Read more

    NYC Parks · November 3, 2011
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  • zach f.

    the 2.5 mile XC course is really tough, especially the hills over the bridge. if you're lucky enough to run the 1.25 mile Freshman course its easy, no bridge/one hill only,

    zach falk · October 18, 2011
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  • Ismael R.

    I'm here in one of the awesome park lil lakes. Thinking about my son, my website and future. I need ideas... So quiet an tranquil... Awesome.....

    Ismael Rivera · October 11, 2011
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  • nycgo

    This sprawling park boasts the nation's first public golf course, which opened in 1895. It offers rolling hills, well-placed water and trees and a 600-yard-plus hole that will challenge anyone. Read more

    nycgo · September 23, 2011
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  • Cyrus B.

    VC - handball, 40oz's, spliffs... good times :)

    Cyrus Blades · August 31, 2011
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  • Black I.

    Best park in NYC and right in my backyard

    Black Intellect · June 16, 2011
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  • NYC Smoke-Free

    As of 5/23/2011, Van Cortlandt Park, along with all other NYC parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas, is smoke-free! Learn more at www.nycsmokefree.org.

    NYC Smoke-Free · May 18, 2011
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  • Heather S.

    best city hiking to be found!

    Heather Scott · October 31, 2010
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  • Andrea N.

    Have a good walking shoes lots of mounds of dirt and birds here

    Andrea Neider · March 30, 2010
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