Enjoy sledding action at Fairmount Park. Photo by Brianna Spause/Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Enjoy sledding action at Fairmount Park. Photo by Brianna Spause/Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

The Best Philadelphia Area Sledding Spots for Kids

Any time there is snow in the forecast, Philly parents ought to be prepared. Not just with the milk, bread, and toilet paper, but with the best spots to take the kiddos sledding on a snow day.

Whether you are in the city or out in the suburbs, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has you covered. Here, we break down the best locations (not just by their cool factor, but also by age group), so you know exactly where you should head the next time Old Man Winter shows his face.

Generally speaking, sledding would be deemed low risk for COVID-19. After all, it occurs outdoors and is naturally socially distanced. However, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia wants to remind readers to remain vigilant by wearing masks and maintaining appropriate distance. If a spot appears too crowded, try another place on our list or use the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.

For other ways to spend a winter day, browse through our recently updated posts on ice skating and snow tubing as well as our Winter Fun Guide for Philadelphia Families.

Note: The City of Philadelphia has announced a "Safer at Home" initiative continuing through January 1, 2021. Outdoor gatherings are restricted to 10 people per 1,000 square feet. Restrictions might impact events held in the city limits. Please check directly with the venue website before heading out.

The Best Sledding Spots in the City of Philadelphia

For toddlers and preschoolers

Clark Park—West Philadelphia

These gentle hills are perfect for little ones, giving them a thrill without the large crowds or serious drops.

FDR Park—South Philadelphia

The hills here are not very steep, so they are perfect for little ones. There is plenty of room to slide around and/or be pulled by a willing and energetic parent. Neighboring Packer Park is another South Philly spot with hills to sled.

For elementary age and older

Bartram's Garden—Southwest Philadelphia

In the winter, one of the top attractions at this great Philadelphia space is sledding. Bartram’s is another hit that is suitable for all sizes and skill levels.

Belmont Plateau—Fairmount Park

This spot is really popular and can get crowded, but the hills are nice and steep enough for kids to enjoy. Plus, in beautiful Fairmount Park you can get some amazing views of the Philadelphia skyline and warm up in the nearby museums if it’s too cold.

Burholme Park—Northeast Philadelphia

With several hills to choose from, your kids can decide if they want the daring experience or the more mild slide. But beware, picking up speed down one hill can land you in the Fox Chase Cancer Center drive.

Fernhill Park—Fairmount Park

This neighborhood spot has a mix of small and larger hills to accommodate a range of abilities.

John Byrne Golf Course—Northeast Philadelphia

This is a Northeast Philly favorite, so it can get crowded. But if you get here early, your kids can enjoy the large hills that offer fun without the fear factor.

Lemon Hill—Fairmount Park

Situated in East Fairmount Park, this popular spot has steep hills perfect for elementary-aged kids.

Thomas Mansion—Fairmount Park

Another great place to sled can be found right behind Thomas Mansion at the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Known as Tommy's Hill, this long ride is sure to delight children of most ages.

Museum sledding is a Philly tradition. Just beware of the bumps. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

For teens

Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush—Northeast Philadelphia

This hill is seriously (I mean seriously!) steep. Only the pros should check this one out.

Austin Meehan Middle School—Northeast Philadelphia

This spot is great for thrill-seekers. Steep hills help you fly to the bottom.

Baldi Middle School—Bustleton

With a steep, but concrete hill, sledders should be sure there is plenty of snow before pushing off. Better make sure the snow is deep and that the kids know how to sled at this one.

Philadelphia Museum of Art—Fairmount

This one goes to the pros for the danger factor, although plenty of younger kids enjoy it as well. While it really is an excellent ride, sledding down concrete steps takes skills. It’s bumpy fun that is quintessentially Philadelphia.

Saint Joseph’s University—West Philadelphia

If the college students don’t get in your way with their lunch trays gliding down Hawk Hill, your teens will have a blast at this steep site.

The Best Sledding Spots in Bucks County

For toddlers and preschoolers

Central Park—Doylestown

Great sledding for all ages, but the big benefit is the awesome playground that you can use to keep the younger kids entertained in other fun, snow-covered ways.

For elementary age

Tyler State Park—Newtown

The park is effectively one long hill, with little slopes all over the place.

Magill’s Hill—New Hope

With "hill" in the name, it's clearly the ultimate sledding spot. This five-acre park has a variety of steep, wide hills. Kids are known to bring snowboards to this spot too.

Mercer Museum—Doylestown

Built up on a hill, this is another great combination of art meets sledding fun.

Nockamixon State Park—Quakertown

Offering winter activities such as cross country skiing and ice skating, Nockamixon State Park is also a favorite for sledding and tobogganing.

For teens

Helen Randle Park—Newtown

Some kids claim to be able to catch double hills if they go fast enough—this is where they go to out-do each other.

The Best Sledding Spots in Chester County

For all ages

Pocopson Elementary School —West Chester

With the famous “Devil's Hill” right in front of the school, children of all ages will enjoy this thrill. 

French Creek—Elverson

Between Chester and Berks County, French Creek State Park is a favorite sledding spot. The most popular place kids enjoy is the backside of the dam at Scots Run Lake.

Marsh Creek State Park—Downingtown

Located in north central Chester County, Marsh Creek State Park winter sport opportunities such as sledding, cross-country skiing, and ice skating. Sledders can be found on the slopes near the picnic area by the East Launch.

The Best Sledding Spots in Delaware County 

For toddlers and preschoolers

Ridley Creek State Park—Media

Another state park that offers up great sledding hills for all ages. The highlight is a long, tiny hill that allows for a good glide without too much speed.

Rose Tree Park—Media

Wide, shallow hills are perfect for the little ones here.

For elementary age

Odorisio Park—Wayne

Three hills make this a great spot for all ages, but toddlers might not want to battle the crowds.

Strath Haven High School—Wallingford

This high school boasts some great slopes. Since it’s a family spot, you'll often see people working together to build ramps and other obstacles.

For teens

Clayton Park and Golf Course—Glen Mills

You know golfers have to surmount giant hills, so these, of course, make for some of the best sledding hills in the area.

The Best Sledding Spots in Montgomery County

For toddlers and preschoolers

Green Lane Park—Perkiomenville

Gentle slopes and huge spaces make it a great spot for the little sledders.

For elementary age

Valley Forge National Historic Park—King of Prussia

Hills of all shapes and sizes make this a great spot for all ages (especially if you are a family with multiple kids/skill levels).

The Willows—Villanova

This is a huge favorite, so it gets crowded. The hill is long and wide with plenty of room for all to enjoy.

For teens

Fort Washington State Park—Fort Washington

Definitely not for the faint of heart, but not so dangerous that teens won’t want to go back again and again.

Mill Hill Preservation—East Greenville

With bragging rights as the highest location in Montgomery County, Mill Hill is the perfect spot for older sledders.

 
This post was updated in December 2020 with additional reporting by writer Kristen Sullivan.

Places featured in this article:


Belmont Plateau - Fairmount Park

Art’s Academy at Benjamin Rush

Austin Meehan Middle School

Clayton Park and Golf Course

Valley Forge National Historic Park
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