Van Cortlandt Park, in the northwest Bronx, is a natural showcase featuring the last vestiges in the City of upstate New York's native woodlands. The park's 1,146 acres abound with sites that are important to the history of the region and the nation.
Among the most popular attractions in the park is the Van Cortlandt Lake, the largest freshwater body in the Bronx. Its upper basin can be appreciated from the Van Cortlandt Golf Course, which itself made history as the nation's first municipal golf course when it opened in 1895. In 1914, Mosholu Golf Course opened in the southeast portion of the park. Today, in addition to these two golf courses, Van Cortlandt Park is home to a number of amenities including various sports fields, running trails, a multi-use stadium, a pool, several food concessions, horse stables, and a seasonal skating rink. The park is also home to the Van Cortlandt House Museum and Van Cortlandt Nature Center.