The Best Philadelphia Area Sledding Spots for Kids

Snow in Philadelphia can be hit or miss, but when it does hit, you want to be prepared! Not just with the milk and bread and indoor activities, but with the best spots for you and your kiddos to go celebrate the awesome, snowy days. Whether you are going sledding in the city or out in the suburbs, we have you covered! Here we break down the best spots (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.

If snow fails to show its head again—never fear, there is always ice skating and snow tubing to help us keep up the winter spirit!

Philadelphia

For Toddlers and Preschoolers
Clark Park - West Philadelphia
These gentle hills are perfect for the little ones, giving them a thrill without quite the large crowds or serious drops.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park  - South Philadelphia
The hills are not very steep, so they are perfect for the little ones. Lots of room to slide around and/or be pulled by a rather willing and energetic parent!
 
For Elementary Age and up
Bartram's Garden - Southwest Philadelphia
In the winter, one of the top attractions to 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 may get crowded, but the hills are nice and steep enough for the 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.
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 have the fun without the fear factor.
 
For the Pros (aka Teens)
Art’s 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!
A steep, but concrete hill. Better make sure the snow is deep and that the kids know how to sled with this one.
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.

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
The park is practically 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.
Mercer Museum - Doylestown
Built up on a hill, this is another great combination of art meets sledding fun.
 
For the Pros (aka Teens)
Some kids claim to be able to catch double hills if they go fast enough—this is where they go to out-do one another!

Chester County

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

Delaware County 

For Toddlers and Preschoolers
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.
Wide, shallow hills are perfect for the little ones here.
 
For Elementary Age
Three hills make this a great spot for all ages, but we are gearing this toward the slightly older crowd, since toddlers may not want to battle the crowds.
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. That's what I call teamwork!
 
For the Pros (aka Teens)
You know golfers have to surmount giant hills, so these—of course—make for some of the best sledding hills in the area.

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
Hills of all shapes and sizes make this a truly 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, so there is plenty of room for all to enjoy.
 
For the Pros (aka Teens)
Fort Washington State Park - Fort Washington
Definitely not for the faint of heart, but not so dangerous that teens don’t want to go back again and again.
Mill Hill Preservation - East Greenville
With bragging rights about the highest location in Montgomery County, Mill Hill is the perfect spot for older sledders.
 
Photo via Philadelphia Museum of Art. Originally published in 2016, this post has been updated with current information.

Clark Park
4398 Chester Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

FDR Park
Pattison Ave and South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145

Belmont Plateau - Fairmount Park
2000 Belmont Mansion Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Bartram's Garden
5400 Lindbergh Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Burholme Park
1400 Cottman Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111

John Byrne Golf
9550 Leon Street
Philadelphia, PA 19114

Art’s Academy at Benjamin Rush
11081 Knights Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Austin Meehan Middle School
301 Ryan Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19152

Baldi CCA Middle School
8801 Verree Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19115

St Joes University
5600 West City Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Central Park
425 Wells Road
Doylestown, PA 18901

Tyler State Park
101 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940

Mercer Museum
84 S Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Magill's Hill
Chapel Rd and River Rd
New Hope, PA 18938

Helen Randle Park
236 Swamp Rd
Newtown, PA 18940

Pocopson Elementary School
1105 Pocopson Road
West Chester, PA 19382

Ridley Creek State Park
1023 Sycamore Mills Rd
Media, PA 19063

Rose Tree Park
1671 North Providence Rd
Media, PA 19063

Odorisio Park
418 Fairview Park
Wayne, PA 19087

Strath Haven High School
205 S Providence Rd
Wallingford, PA 19086

Clayton Park and Golf Course
1 Conchester Rd
Glen Mills, PA 19342

Green Lane Park
2144 Snyder Rd
Perkiomenville, PA 18074

Valley Forge National Historic Park
1400 N Outer Line Dr.
King of Prussia, PA 19406

The Willows
490 Darby-Paoli Road
Villanova, PA 19085

Fort Washington State Park
420 Militia Hill Road
Fort Washington, PA 19034