The snow season is upon us and while you may be considering the practical aspects of snow fall like shoveling, commuting changes and other (hopefully minor) disruptions and annoyances, kids see powdery snow blanketing the yards, sidewalks and cars and all they can think of is...SNOW DAY! And while you may be tempted to stay indoors, your little ones probably can't wait to head outdoors.
Once they've tired of building snowmen, making snow angels and having a good old fashioned snowball fight, they'll likely want to go sledding. No worries, we've rounded up the most popular sledding destinations across the county, along with some helpful tips for keeping little ones safe while they sled.
Be sure to check our Winter Fun Guide and Indoor Activity Guide for more ideas to keep kids busy this winter. Our Events Calendar is also full of kid-friendly events and activities happening around town.
Sledding is permitted in all six public Westchester County golf courses and the vast smooth surfaces and rolling hills make them prime sledding spots. Parks passes are not required for entry and all golf courses are open daily from 8am to dusk.
Dunwoodie Golf Course - Yonkers
1 Wasylenko Lane
Hudson Hills Golf Course - Ossining
400 Croton Dam Road
Maple Moor Golf Course - White Plains
1128 North Street
Mohansic Golf Course - Yorktown Heights
1500 Baldwin Road
Saxon Woods Golf Course - Scarsdale
315 Mamaroneck Road
Sprain Lake Golf Course - Yonkers
290 East Grassy Sprain Road
Three County parks are listed as "official" sledding destinations (according to Westchester County's fantastic Pocket Ranger App). Unless noted, hours are daily from 8am to dusk.
Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial - Somers
Open daily from 8am-4pm.
Croton Gorge Park - Cortlandt
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation - Cross River
Route 35 and 121 South
Parking fees: $5 with Park Pass, $10 without Park Pass
Other popular sledding spots...
Gedney Park in Chappaqua has two hills for sledding, one steeper than the other. This popular spot tends to get crowded, so head out early if you can.
White Plains High School is a good spot if you have a range of ages with you. The terrain ranges from gentle hills for tots to steeper slopes for older kids.
With all the fun and excitement of racing down your favorite hill, let's not forget safety. Here are a few tips to help keep everyone safe:
- Seat children facing forward on the sled.
- Accompany younger kids on their ride.
- Helmets are recommended, especially for younger kids.
- Be careful of any loose clothing or scarves that can get tangled in a sled.
Click here for more safety tips including how to choose the right sled.
Of course, with so much green space in Westchester (including many fantastic backyards), chances are you don't have to stray far from home to find a great hill to tackle. If we missed your favorite sledding spot, let us know in the comments! Happy sledding!