Dress warmly and take the kids to these popular sledding hills, including those 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.
Tips for keeping warm in extreme cold weather from the NYC Dept. of Health
Best sledding hills in Manhattan
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.
My kids grew up sledding the hill above what is now called Hippo Playground, at 91st Street. There’s another great sledding hill at 103rd Street.
Inwood Hill Park and Fort Tryon Park
NYC on the Cheap Editor Evelyn Kanter 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.
Best sledding hills in Brooklyn
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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.
Best sledding hills in Queens
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
Best sledding hills in Bronx
|Claremont Park||Interior of the park at 172nd Street between Teller Avenue and Clay Avenue|
|Crotona Park||Slope behind ballfield #3 at Fulton Avenue and Cross Bronx Expressway.|
|Ewen Park||West 232 Street, between Johnson and Riverdale avenues|
|Franz Sigel Park||Interior of the park at 160th between Grand Concourse and Walton Avenue|
|Shoelace Park||Anywhere between 220th and 230th streets along Bronx Boulevard|
Best sledding hills in Staten Island
Clove Lake Park, or Dead Man’s Hill in Silver Lake Park.
These safety tips are from the NYC Dept. of Parks
The parks are a beautiful place to be when it’s snowing out, but icy conditions can be dangerous.
During the winter months, children and adults enjoy exploring the snowy terrain in city parks, but while ponds and lakes may appear frozen, venturing onto them is extremely dangerous and can cause potentially fatal accidents. Please exercise the same caution walking on park pathways as you would on sidewalks during icy weather—walk carefully.
Ice Safety Tips
- Do not attempt to walk on any lakes, ponds, or rivers that appear frozen.
- Parents and caregivers should make sure children are never unattended near ice.
- If you hear cracking, lie down immediately to try to distribute your weight.
- If you witness someone falling through ice, never attempt to make a rescue by yourself: call 911 and notify the proper authorities. Be sure to give the exact location and an account of the incident.
Get more winter safety tips from the Fire Department, and Be FDNYSmart this winter season.
Where is your favorite sledding hill in NYC?
Comment below, and we’ll add it to the list.
Stay warm and have fun playing in the snow.
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This article was published first in 2017 and is updated annually, including in December 2020.