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).
As peak winter kicks in and the snow piles up, thoughts turn to winter activities for kids like snowball fights, snow angels and ice skating. Adventurous crews may head for the hills to ski or snow tube the slopes at various family-friendly ski resorts in the area, but there’s no need to venture far for a wintry day out: sledding in NYC can be just as fun. The best sledding hills are right in our own backyard, in the city’s many beautiful parks. There’s nothing better than romping around in freshly fallen snow, running up a hill and sledding right back down. No need to plan a winter weekend getaway, you can make a spur-of-the-moment decision to pack up the family and head out as soon as the flakes start to fall. From Central Park to Prospect Park, here are the best spots for getting your sled on in NYC.