Philly in the snow is not always fun. It means more shoveling, dreaded spot-saving, and potentially icy roads. But there is at least one positive that can come from inclement weather.

Namely: sledding.

Of course, the Philadelphia area is no stranger to great sledding hills, where sledders young and old can get in a couple runs regardless of their skill level. But remember, sledding can be a little dangerous, so take caution — as Philadelphia Parks & Recreation recommends, you should never sled toward trees, roadways, or other obstacles, and kids should always be accompanied by adults.

You’ll also want to take the usual preventative coronavirus precautions, such as wearing your mask, social distancing, and regularly washing or sanitizing your hands. And if your chosen sledding spot looks too crowded, you might want to look elsewhere for a run.

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Here, we’ve rounded up a few great options for sledding in Philly, the surrounding suburbs, and New Jersey. Check out the list below:

Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Art Museum’s Rocky steps are probably the most famous sledding spot in all of Philadelphia. But being as you’re flying down solid concrete, it can also be a little dangerous — so take caution, and make sure there’s plenty of snow on the ground. And remember, there are also some hills around back to hit, as well as a set of (less famous) steps. (📍2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.)

Lemon Hill

Just up the road from the Art Museum, you’ll find East Fairmount Park’s Lemon Hill, which ordinarily is known for the Federal-style mansion that stands there. But when a good snow hits, it becomes a prime sledding spot in the city for kids of all ages thanks to steep hillsides that are begging for a run. However, this one, like others on the list, can get crowded, so be prepared to wait your turn — it’s worth it. (📍Sedgley Dr. and Lemon Hill Dr.)

Water Tower Recreation Center

Chestnut Hill locals will know this spot as an area landmark due to the 125-foot water tower, but it also happens to be among the best sledding hills in the Hill. That’s thanks to a wide variety of hills that make it a great choice for gaggles of kids with varying sledding experience, so feel free to bring the family out and stake your claim. (📍209 E. Hartwell Lane)

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Clark Park

Take a trip to West Philly’s Clark Park, where you’ll find a “bowl” — one of the park’s best-known features — that offers some more moderate slopes for young, budding sledders, or just folks looking for a milder run. As a bonus, it’s a pretty roomy area, so feel free to take a break from the slopes and find a spot to get in a little time on other winter activities, like building snowmen or making snow angels. (📍43rd and Baltimore Ave.)

Burholme Park

Sure, Burholme Park is home to the historic Robert W. Ryerss Museum and Library, but it also happens to be one of Northeast Philadelphia’s best sledding spots once the powder begins to stick. Here, you’ll find a large, expansive hill that serves as the park’s main draw for thrill-seeking sledders, but there are a few smaller, less intense options, too. (📍401 Cottman Ave.)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park

OK, so South Philly isn’t really known as the city’s hilliest area, but FDR Park does have some gentle, mellow hills around the park’s lakes that are great for teaching younger sledders the ropes, and there’s ample space to glide — or be pulled — around. Plus, you’ll also find some options in nearby Packer Park (the so-called “Bridge Hill” at Broad and Packer is one favorite, but it’s near traffic, so be careful). (📍Broad St. and Pattison Ave.)

Bartram’s Garden

Located in Southwest Philly, Bartram’s Garden is known for its historic botanical garden and fantastic skyline views of the city — and, in winter, add sledding hills to the list. With about 50 acres of land, there’s no shortage of hills to choose from for your sledding adventure, and the scenery just can’t be beat. (📍5400 Lindbergh Blvd.)

The ‘Burbs

Tyler State Park

At more than 1,700 acres, Newtown’s Tyler State Park is pretty big — and it also happens to be basically one giant downhill slope that brings out the crowds when a good snow comes. Some favorite spots, according to the Department of Conservation and Natural (DCNR), are located just below the Upper Plantation Picnic Area parking lot, and west of the park’s covered bridge — so plan accordingly. (📍101 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Bucks County)

Nockamixon State Park

Located in Quakertown, Nockamixon State Park is home to all kinds of winter activities, ranging from ice fishing to cross-country skiing. But it’s also a great sledding spot, particularly if you head to the area above the park’s marina (the DCNR suggests parking in lot 13 for easy access if you go). (📍1542 Mountain View Dr., Quakertown, Bucks County)

Marsh Creek State Park

If you feel like the other spots on the list haven’t given you the room you’ve needed to let loose on the slopes, this Downingtown park should have you covered — you know, considering it has something like seven acres of sledding hills to check out. To get there, the DCNR recommends heading to the picnic area at the East Launch. (📍675 Park Rd., Downingtown, Chester County)

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Rose Tree Park

For a relaxed day of sledding, head on out to Media’s Rose Tree Park. There, you’ll find 120 acres of gentle, rolling slopes that are perfect for initiating young, inexperienced sledders. And if you want something a little more exciting, Ridley Creek State Park — located a couple miles from Rose Tree Park — has some great options right by its park office. (📍1671 N. Providence Rd., Media, Delaware County)

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Yes, Valley Forge is a fantastic historical landmark, having served as the location for George Washington’s winter encampment in 1777 and 1778. But it’s also a great place to get some sledding done for the whole family. The Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board has a few recommendations, including hills near the Memorial Arch and statue of Anthony Wayne. (📍1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia, Montgomery County)

New Jersey

Frank Donio Memoriał Park

At about 50 acres, this Sicklerville park isn’t huge, but it is a favorite sledding spot among locals when a good winter snow hits. Hit the walking path to easily find plenty of hills to choose from, and get sledding. (📍665 Chews Landing Rd., Sicklerville, Camden County, NJ)

Laurel Acres Park

In the warmer months, this Mount Laurel Township park is known for its small fishing lake and nature trail — but come winter, it’s a hot spot for South Jersey locals looking for some good sledding. Head there to find the park’s designated sledding hill, which is near the parking lot, and features a long slope that’s on the gentler side of things, making it great for youngsters. (📍1045 S. Church St., Mt. Laurel Township, Burlington County, NJ)

Fort Mott State Park

Back in the late 1800s, this spot was part of a coastal defense system on the Delaware River. But these days, come winter it’s a favorite sledding spot for folks in Salem County. It’s not for the totally faint of heart, though, as the hills and embankments can get a little steep for inexperienced sledders — but they are good for picking up some serious speed. (📍454 Fort Mott Rd., Pennsville, Salem County, N.J.)

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