NYC Parks

Van Cortlandt Park

Park, Baseball Field, and Field
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
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  • 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)
    "free with New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks."(2 Tips)
    Rally by Eventbrite
    "... the Putnam Trail, the Muir Trail, and the John Kieran Trail."(2 Tips)
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  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 13, 2013
    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
    Time Out New YorkJuly 11, 2013
    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
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 3, 2015
    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).
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksOctober 25, 2012
    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
  • New York Post
    New York PostApril 23, 2015
    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
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorDecember 28, 2014
    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!!!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatAugust 24, 2012
    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!
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksMay 21, 2013
    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
    NYC ParksOctober 17, 2013
    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.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 4, 2013
    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.
  • Alam D.
    Alam DhaliSeptember 3, 2015
    Beautiful scenery, and has lots of history. Be sure to be well hydrated and tested before you go there. Fishing,golf,& sports. Something for the whole family to enjoy.
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksNovember 12, 2013
    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
    NYC ParksOctober 3, 2013
    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.
  • Rally by Eventbrite
    Rally by EventbriteOctober 20, 2016
    Some of the better trails for full foliage immersion are the Putnam Trail, the Muir Trail, and the John Kieran Trail. Read more
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksJune 7, 2013
    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
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatApril 16, 2014
    Fantastic park that offers a great space for outdoor activities, such as throwing a BBQ, playing tennis, golf and going horseback riding!
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusMarch 30, 2012
    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
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 28, 2013
    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
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJanuary 6, 2012
    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.
  • nycgo
    nycgoSeptember 23, 2011
    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
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksNovember 3, 2011
    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
  • zach f.
    zach falkOctober 18, 2011
    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,
  • Marian d.
    Marian del RosarioFebruary 21, 2013
    the park boasts a past rich in culture, well-versed in history, and blessed with the intrinsic beauty of nature.
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusJune 1, 2012
    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
  • Cheryl
    CherylAugust 22, 2015
    Sunday's Kickboxing boot camp 10-11am $20 - Meet us in the center of the track - Carlos is amazing!! both females and males are welcomed!
  • Luis I.
    Luis IrizarryDecember 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    VC Park has hidden paths that lead thru the golf course which feature great scenery!
  • New York Public Library
    New York Public LibraryDecember 6, 2011
    Van Cortlandt Library is situated nearby the Jerome Park Reservoir and historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Read more
  • Lily
    LilyOctober 24, 2015
    Nice trails; right in the middle of the city, but can feel like you're in the wild.
  • Black I.
    Black IntellectOctober 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great park but this is the small southeastern part. They need to do something about the concentration of homeless folks though
  • Phinestro
    PhinestroNovember 1, 2011
    Reminds me at the time I use to run track and field for washington Irving cross country. Very adventurous place to work out and run!
  • Olga M.
    Olga MejiaApril 4, 2016
    Is a very peaceful park and the outdoor pool is very nice and clean.
  • Stephanie Y.
    Stephanie YangMay 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best XC course in the nation. Buzenesh Deba and other running legends train here.
  • NYC Smoke-Free
    NYC Smoke-FreeMay 18, 2011
    As of 5/23/2011, Van Cortlandt Park, along with all other NYC parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas, is smoke-free! Learn more at
  • Akiko B.
    Akiko BombitaSeptember 21, 2014
    The back hills are tough on the 3 mile loop but it's beautiful and peaceful.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 21, 2012
    This is the park where the meeting with the gangs occurs (it was actually filmed in Riverside Park for the movie).
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksJanuary 27, 2012
    Take a leisurely walk around the lake or hike the John Muir Nature Trail in this woodsy paradise.
  • Ismael R.
    Ismael RiveraOctober 11, 2011
    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.....
  • Jose a.
    Jose aquinoMay 11, 2016
    Nice and clean park! 👍
  • jennifer P.
    jennifer PietrzykApril 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The cops constantly patrol at night because of the male prostitution goings on in the woods. Watch for used condoms.
  • Arnoldo L.
    Arnoldo LorenzoAugust 4, 2015
    Kids play area is great. The pool is awesome!
  • Nick O.
    Nick OberAugust 25, 2013
    Go for a nature walk with a Park Ranger! So fun! Or canoeing!
  • Dawnie N.
    Dawnie NgoApril 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Stay on the trails! There are poison ivy all over the place.
  • Emma
    EmmaOctober 9, 2016
    Great trails and cross country course!! Beautiful !!
  • Umit I.
    Umit Iskender LoganApril 28, 2014
    Hidden treasure, if you know how to explore.
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew EmersonNovember 28, 2009
    If you like running, walking, or casual hiking, van courtland has beautiful trails hidden beyond the obvious grassy facade.
  • Gabe M.
    Gabe MartinDecember 28, 2011
    very big !!!!, go horse back riding, running, sun tanning, etc
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChenJuly 14, 2012
    Public golf course accessible by subway.
  • Josue S.
    Josue SotoSeptember 6, 2016
    Best place to catch Jinx in Pokemon Go lol
  • Mike T.
    Mike ThomasMarch 8, 2013
    Really nice place to have a summer party
  • Lea C.
    Lea CeasrineFebruary 2
    A fun trip and sight to see.
  • D F.
    D FSeptember 28, 2015
    Great place to make outdoor birthday
  • Jj J.
    Jj JMarch 20, 2016
    Best park in the east coast
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BrodieNovember 3, 2013
    Watch out for the goose poop.
  • Guausosky T T.
    Guausosky T TorresApril 4, 2015
    Greenwich ny.
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BrodieOctober 6, 2013
    Watch out for the goose droppings. :-)
  • Ali Husnain A.
    Ali Husnain AbbasiDecember 7, 2012
    Best park after Central park.
  • Black I.
    Black IntellectJune 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best park in NYC and right in my backyard
  • Rachel T.
    Rachel TarlowJuly 15, 2012
    The NY Philharmonic will be performing here on Tuesday, July 17th.
  • C.J.
    C.J.May 4, 2015
    #rideout hitting the trails wooo!
  • Heather S.
    Heather ScottOctober 31, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    best city hiking to be found!
  • Pedro
    PedroAugust 8, 2013
    Watch out, some chicks up here got an ass!!!
  • Gabriel
    GabrielJuly 23, 2013
    Great event!!!
  • Olga M.
    Olga MejiaApril 4, 2016
    The pool is nice
  • chrissy s.
    chrissy spazianoMay 17, 2014
    Explore the beauty!
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NeiderMarch 30, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Have a good walking shoes lots of mounds of dirt and birds here
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