We know the snow has been exhausting this year – this winter just won’t quit! But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it. Take the family out for a winter wonderland experience — there are plenty of places to go sledding in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut. By Renee Smith.
231st Street and Riverdale Avenue
A short walk from the 1 train (take it to the 23rd Street stop), this hill is a popular sledding spot and for good reason. The steep incline dividing Riverdale and Kingsbridge is finally put to good use! There are also hundreds of steps all the way back up the hill once you get to the bottom!
Inwood Hill Park
Dyckman Street at the Hudson River
New York, NY
Although the inclines are gentle, this huge park is full of great spots for sledding. While you are there, take a winter hike through the forest and make a snowman on the expansive grounds. When you are finally finished, head to The Indian Road Café for some hot cocoa!
Cloves Lake Park
Martling Ave at Slosson Ave
Staten Island, NY
This huge park is a protected Forever Wild site and full of lakes, ponds and ancient trees. In winter, it’s a “go to” spot for sledding and other winter activities like ice skating at the park’s outdoor skating rink. Parents are especially happy to note that the sledding hills are stacked with bales of hay at the bottom in order to keep kids safe.
Woodbury Ski Area
785 Washington Road
Woodbury, CT 06798
Snow tubing is sledding taken to a whole other level – and Woodbury Ski Area has some of the best tubing around. It is huge – with 15 tubing runs – so children of almost any age can give it a try. Although it isn’t the cheapest ($32 per person for 90 minutes), it is a unique experience that is well worth the cost. If tubing is not your thing, you can also try skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing since all necessary equipment is available for rental at Woodbury Ski Area.
44 Longstreet Road
Holmdel, NJ 07733
A favorite with New Jersey parents, Holmdel Park offers a lot to love. The hill is safe for children because it is both free from obstacles and it is also grassy underneath. To top everything off, there is a warming area with a fire blazing where you can take a break and grab some hot cocoa before heading out again.
Bethpage State Park
99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Bethpage State Park is home to the world-renowned Bethpage Golf Courses where sledding takes over when it snows. The Red and Green courses are open for public sledding and families enjoy the benefit of the beautiful landscaping which allows them to appreciate the slopes in a whole new way!