Van Cortlandt Park

A Little Bit of Paradise

The Van Cortlandt Mansion

Off to the Races

Horse Back Riding @ Vanny

Track and Field

 It's Tee Time ...


Can you believe that about twenty thousand years ago New York was buried below massive amounts of ice? Well, thank goodness that the ice finally melt leaving behind beautiful places such as Van Cortlandt Park — at this spacious site you will find steep rocks, smooth hillsides as well as wide open flats.  In one word you will find "Beauty"!

Van Cortlandt Park 

is located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.  It boast  of approximately 1,146 acres and is one of the largest parks in New York City.  The major attractions include a Track & Field, tennis courts, pool and playgrounds that are scattered in a wide open arena.  There you will also find the first public Golf Course as well as the Van Cortlandt Mansion.  For quiet times there are paths where one can take nature walks and take in the beauty of a body of water that is the largest fresh water lake in the Bronx. 

Van Cortlandt Park has so much to offer and has become a favorite site with Bronxites.  "

From the quiet green shade of its oak forests to the crisp white mantle of cricket players atop the Parade Ground, the park boasts a past rich in culture, well-versed in history, and blessed with the intrinsic beauty of nature".  

During the fall months the park is always full of life as is witnessed by the many activities that take place on the grounds.  There are a constant set of races going off during the cross country season as age group, high school, collegiate and open athletes vie for a trophy.  And as if this was not enough there is even horseback riding for the more adventurous types. 


One of many property operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Van Cortlandt Park has continued in its beauty through the collaboration  of a group of Bronx residents who formed the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park to help protect, promote, and preserve this aesthetic greenspace.

So, when you think about finding a place where that offers a variety of things with your family and friends remember that you do not have to leave the Bronx.  Just take Mass Transit (#1, #9 train or #9 bus) to 242 and Broadway and experience a "little bit of paradise". 

Not only does Van Cortlandt Park provide you and your family with the opportunity for a fun filled day at the park but, you are also in for a mouth watering treat as you smell the sweet aroma of the Stella Dora Bakery.  This can only be rivaled by Lloyd's Carrot cake is housed across the street from the finish line and right next door to the Irish Pub.