Dress warmly, and wait for the strong gusty winds to slow down before heading to one of these best sledding hills in parks in all five boroughs. The best sledding hills are designated by the NYC Dept. of Parks for Snow Day fun. That’s when there are Park Rangers on hand with hot chocolate and to supervise friendly snowball fights.
Sledding hills in Manhattan
- Central Park – Pilgrim Hill likely is the most popular sledding hill in Manhattan. Follow the crowd to just north of the 72nd St. entrance at Fifth Avenue. When it’s too crowded, and it usually is, other choices are Cedar Hill, between 76th and 79th Streets just south of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the smaller hill next to the Conservatory Garden, at 106th Street and Fifth Avenue.
- Riverside Park – My kids grew up sledding the hill above what is now called Hippo Playground, at 91st Street. There’s another option at 103rd Street.
- Inwood Hill Park and Fort Tryon Park – I grew up in Inwood, and these two parks were my backyard in winter and summer. All kinds of sledding hills here, including around The Cloisters.
Sledding hills in Brooklyn
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- Prospect Park – Follow the crowds to 9th St. and Prospect Park West, or escape them by sledding around the Nethermead.
- Fort Greene Park – A hilly park with lots of choices.
Sledding hills in Queens
- Forest Park – The Parks Dept. considers the steep hills of the golf course too dangerous, but that dosn’t stop diehard sledders. Another option is the Mary Whalen Playground at 79th Street and Park Lane
Sledding hills in Bronx
- Van Cortlandt Park and Crotona Park both are hilly with lots of options.
Sledding hills in Staten Island
- Clove Lake Park, or Dead Man’s Hill in Silver Lake Park.
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