Visit Van Cortlandt Park in your Bronx rent a car
The Bronx is home to the fourth largest park in New York and a great place to take your Bronx car rental on a weekend or afternoon. There is much to do in this park, which is named Van Cortlandt. You can rent a 15 passenger van to take the entire family and have a picnic, pack up some sports gear for an afternoon of outdoor fun, or simply enjoy an afternoon of rest and relaxation.
About Van Cortlandt
Van Cortlandt Park was named for the first New York City Mayor who was actually born in New York City, Stephen Van Cortlandt. The Van Cortlandt family was a prominent one during the Dutch and English colonial periods. While in the park, you can drive your Bronx rent a car to view the oldest building in the Bronx: the Van Cortlandt Museum. Both the museum and the park are operated by the New York City Parks Department.
The park has a long history and is an integral part of the Bronx community. No trip to the Bronx with your Bronx rent a car would be complete without a visit to Van Cortlandt Park. Mr. Jacobus Van Cortlandt purchased the land that would ultimately become the park in 1691. The land was used as a grain plantation until 1748 when Jacobus?son Frederick built the structure known today as the Van Cortlandt house. Frederick passed away before the house was completed.
There were several Revolutionary War battles which took place in the park. History buffs are known to take larger groups in 15 passenger vans to the park while teachers and school groups take their classes to the park in 15 passenger vans to learn about the park's rich history or enjoy a nice day on the park many fields and open spaces. George Washington himself is known to have used the park during the time of the Revolutionary war. You can drive your Bronx rent a car passed the Queen's Rangers stone memorial which was erected in the park to commemorate a battle of the Revolutionary war.
In 1888, New York City purchased the property and converted it into a park. The grain fields which survived the Revolutionary war were made into a large great lawn which is known as the "Parade Ground". At the same time, New York City took ownership of the house which became a museum operated by New York City. On the bluffs overlooking the park is the Van Cortlandt family cemetery. New York City built roads for driving your Bronx rent a car as well as numerous wide walking paths, within the park.
Interestingly, another great place to visit with your Bronx rent a car is the Bronx Zoo. An interesting fact about Van Cortlandt park and the Bronx Zoo: back in 1907, some of the bison from the Bronx Zoo were transferred to Van Cortlandt Park to roam the wide open fields.
As cars became all the rage with increased use and popularity, famous roads which you likely have driven your Bronx car rental on were built to accommodate the traffic. Two of these roads, the Henry Hudson Parkway and Mosholu Parkway were built on land which was formerly part of Van Cortlandt Park. These roads are used by many of the Bronx rent a car drivers to get to and from work and the areas surrounding the Bronx.
The Van Cortlandt Park today
Today the park is going through a transformation as New York City is revitalizing the park after years of deterioration during the financial crisis of the 1970's. A great way to visit the historic features and landmarks in the park is to rent a 15 passenger van which allows for an easy to transport your group to this popular Bronx park.
Many people use their Bronx rent a car to visit and play on the park famous golf course. This golf course was the first course built in New York City. You can also drive your Bronx car rental or take a group to walk one of the many trails in park.
Why not rent a Bronx minivan or Bronx 15 passenger van and ride some of the park bike paths which connect the park to the adjoining city of Yonkers. There are several other bike paths, ball fields, and walkways which your entire family or group can enjoy.
Groups often come in their mini vans and 15 passenger vans, families in their Bronx rent a cars to watch the Manhattan College baseball team play their games in the park. Foot Locker held a cross country race in the park and many runners enjoy cross country running in the park. There are many high school and corporate events which are held in the park each year.
There is always something to see or do when you take your Bronx rent a car to Van Cortlandt Park. Enjoy!
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