The mecca of snow days, Central Park's Pilgrim Hill draws quite the crowd after winter storms roll in. The hill is both steep and gentle, with a perfect denouement—that's sledspeak for a smooth finish. It's a tremendous experience for all visitors, of which there are plenty. Our suggestion: Get there early. Enter at 72nd St and Fifth Ave (centralparknyc.org).
At the first sign of snow in the forecast, kids and adults alike are ready to head for the hills. And by that we don’t mean skipping town for warmer climes, we mean heading for the best sledding hills in NYC. One of the best winter activities for kids, sledding is fun for the whole family and can be as easy-going or thrilling as you want it to be, depending on how fast you decide to head downhill.
Alongside snowball fights, snow angels and snowmen, sledding is a classic wintry activity. You can plan a winter weekend getaway with the family, take a trip to a family-friendly ski resort or pack up the car and head out for some snow tubing, but there’s nothing easier than heading to a nearby hill in one of the city’s best parks for an epic day of sledding and playtime in the snow. After a day of zooming around on the hills, be sure to indulge in a warming mug of the best hot chocolate in NYC. Until the snow builds up, check out the best places to go ice skating, and keep your eyes on the forecast.
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