Where to Go Sledding in the NYC Area
Find out where to sled with your kids in your neighborhood, then grab your Flexible Flyer and head out for an afternoon of downhill fun!
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19th Street between Shore Boulevard (off Ditmars Boulevard), Astoria
With a panoramic view of the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan in the south to the Hell Gate channel in the north, the scenery presents the diverse landscape of New York City. Enter at Ditmars Boulevard between 19th Street and Shore Boulevard. If your little ones need a bathroom break during an afternoon of speeding down the slopes, head for the year-round restroom near the playground at Shore Boulevard (opposite 23rd Road).
35th Avenue (opposite Golden Pond), Bayside / Little Neck
There's a sweet sledding hill on 35th Avenue near 216th Street. Bring the family dog along and enjoy the park's dog run by the gazebos (west of 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway).
Lower Highland Park
Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street, Cypress Hills
If the snow decides to come down—really come down—the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation will host a Snow Day sleigh-riding fest here (Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street) featuring sleds, music, and free hot chocolate. When it snows, check nycgovparks.org for a Snow Day announcement.
Since this park is located on a high plateau that straddles Queens and Brooklyn, sledders are rewarded with stunning views of surrounding neighborhoods, the ocean, and nearby cemeteries. (Note that Highland is more easily accessible on the Brooklyn side.)
Enter at Metcalf Avenue and 164th Street, East Flushing / Fresh Meadows
The hill is just east of Kissena Lake. There is a year-round bathroom located on the northeast edge of the park, near Oak Avenue. There's also a playground nearby, at Rose and Oak avenues.
Small hillside on the 155th Street side of the park, Flushing
Best for the little ones in your brood. A year-round bathroom is located in the park at 155th Street and 32nd Avenue
Mary Whelan Playground at 79th Street and Park Lane South, Kew Gardens / Forest Hills
Tots can tackle this hill easily. This park is also easily accessible from the Glendale, Richmond Hill, and Woodhaven neighborhoods. The Mary Whelan Playground is 1 of 7 playgrounds in the park, which is also home to the Forest Park Carousel. There are also seven year-round bathrooms scattered throughout the park.
Juniper Valley Park
Juniper Boulevard North and South, near the Tennis Building at 75th Street, Middle Village
As one of Queens' most popular parks, you might find a crowd here on a snowy weekend. A positive perk is the park's two year-round bathrooms: one by the playground at 62nd Avenue and 80th Street and another in the park at Lutheran Avenue.
Croton Gorge Park
Route 129, Cortlandt
In the winter, the park boasts open areas for cross-country skiing, plus it’s a favorite spot for kids to go sledding.
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Route 35 and 121 South, Cross River
The largest park in Westchester County, this is the only location that requires a parking fee on weekends in the winter: $5 with Park Pass, $10 without Park Pass.
Wasylenko Lane, Yonkers
Housed at the top of Dunwoodie Heights, this golf course features steep slopes, which are perfect for sledding. Sledding is permitted only when the golf course is closed for the season.
Mohansic Golf Course
Baldwin Road, Yorktown Heights
The rolling hills and steep slopes that make this a challenging golf course are also what makes it a prime sledding spot! Sledding is permitted only when the golf course is closed for the season.
Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale
Sledding is permitted only when the golf course is closed for the season.
Veterans Memorial Park
81 Hunt Road, Orangeburg
This park has a great sledding hill, with two slopes that end in the soccer fields, so it’s a safe option for kids. Plus, the park has good parking.
Bear Mountain State Park
Route 9W North, Bear Mountain
The hill just beyond the skating rink is a prime spot for sledding, plus you can get hot cocoa to go from the Hiker Café to warm up on your way home.
Bethpage State Park
Bethpage Parkway, Farmingdale
This hill is located on one of the park’s famously designed golf courses, which was home to a PGA Championship golf tournament. No inflatable sleds or tubes allowed.
Cedar Creek Park
Merrick Road, Seaford
Sledding hills are open in January and February, weather permitting.
Near Ocean Avenue, Farmingville
Bald Hill, formerly a small skiing area, is one of the highest points on Long Island, behind Jayne's Hill in Huntington and nearby Telescope Hill.
Heckscher State Park
Heckscher Parkway, Field 1, East Islip
This park as many sledding spots to enjoy!
Hoyt Farm Town Park
200 New Highway, Commack
The park is open 8am to dusk. Non-residents may only park in the lot when they are the guest of a permit-holding resident and will be charged a $12 parking fee. A permit can be purchased at the Smithtown Parks Department.
Islip Grange Park
10 Broadway Ave., Sayville
This favorite sledding spot features a gentle hill that’s great for all ages and abilities, whether your kid's a speedster or just starting out.