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The best sledding spots in Philly

From the art museum steps to the Clark Park bowl

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Philly had a good few snows going into the end of 2017, and 2018 is following suit with the latest winter storm (i.e. “bomb cyclone”). And when there’s a snow day, one will travel—with a sled (or trash can lid or box wrapped in a garbage bag).

So we’ve updated our handy-dandy map of the best sledding spots in the city to help you out. (No, there aren’t a ton of hills in Center City, but there are the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the bold dare devils.) Know of another sweet sledding spot that’s not on the list? Let us know in the comments.

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1. Philadelphia Museum of Art

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Is this an entirely safe sledding location? No! Is it fun to sled down the Rocky steps? Yes! The choice is yours, Philadelphia.

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2. Burholme Park

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1400 Cottman Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111

The site of a historic mansion, Burholme Park is also home to a large, well-known hill. It gets crowded, but there’s lots of room.

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3. Thomas Mansion

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6245 Wissahickon Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

If you go behind the Thomas Mansion, you’ll find a slope with a good grade known as Tommy’s Hill.

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4. Clark Park

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4300-4398 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The bowl on the south side of Clark Park is perfect for families and sledders who are looking for gentle, but speedy sledding. Even if you don’t have a proper sledding device, chances are you’ll find some abandoned ones lying around.

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5. Belmont Plateau

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1800 Belmont Mansion Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Belmont Plateau is worth a visit during any season, but its gentle slope makes it a popular spot for sledding come winter. Plus, the city’s skyline views can’t be beat. 

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6. The Watch Tower in Chestnut Hill

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200 E Hartwell Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19118

The Water Tower in Chestnut Hill has lots of different hills, so it’s suitable for different levels of sledding ability. 

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7. Lemon Hill

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Lemon Hill
Philadelphia, PA 19130

There are steep hills all around Lemon Hill in East Fairmount Park. The historic Federal-style mansion at the top makes for a nice backdrop.

8. Fernhill Park

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4600 Morris St
Philadelphia, PA 19144

There’s a mix of small and steep slopes at this Germantown park, perfect for kids and dare-devils alike.

9. Walnut Lane Golf Course

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800 Walnut Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Golf courses are often great places for sledding, and this one is no exception.  Though some golf courses forbid sledding on their grounds, this one gives permission, according to sledriding.com.

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10. Juniata Golf Club

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1391 E Cayuga St
Philadelphia, PA 19124

The 1st hole at this 85-acre golf course is another popular place for sledding in the winter. 

11. Wissinoming Park

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5773-5945 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19135

A Curbed reader tipped us off to this sledding spot near the corner of Cheltenham and  Frankford in this Northeast Philly park. “Anyone who grew up, or lives in Wissinoming, Frankford, and Oxford Circle has likely sledded on that hill.”

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1. Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images

Is this an entirely safe sledding location? No! Is it fun to sled down the Rocky steps? Yes! The choice is yours, Philadelphia.

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

2. Burholme Park

1400 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111

The site of a historic mansion, Burholme Park is also home to a large, well-known hill. It gets crowded, but there’s lots of room.

1400 Cottman Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111

3. Thomas Mansion

6245 Wissahickon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

If you go behind the Thomas Mansion, you’ll find a slope with a good grade known as Tommy’s Hill.

6245 Wissahickon Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

4. Clark Park

4300-4398 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The bowl on the south side of Clark Park is perfect for families and sledders who are looking for gentle, but speedy sledding. Even if you don’t have a proper sledding device, chances are you’ll find some abandoned ones lying around.

4300-4398 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

5. Belmont Plateau

1800 Belmont Mansion Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Belmont Plateau is worth a visit during any season, but its gentle slope makes it a popular spot for sledding come winter. Plus, the city’s skyline views can’t be beat. 

1800 Belmont Mansion Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19131

6. The Watch Tower in Chestnut Hill

200 E Hartwell Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19118

The Water Tower in Chestnut Hill has lots of different hills, so it’s suitable for different levels of sledding ability. 

200 E Hartwell Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19118

7. Lemon Hill

Lemon Hill, Philadelphia, PA 19130

There are steep hills all around Lemon Hill in East Fairmount Park. The historic Federal-style mansion at the top makes for a nice backdrop.

Lemon Hill
Philadelphia, PA 19130

8. Fernhill Park

4600 Morris St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

There’s a mix of small and steep slopes at this Germantown park, perfect for kids and dare-devils alike.

4600 Morris St
Philadelphia, PA 19144

9. Walnut Lane Golf Course

800 Walnut Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Golf courses are often great places for sledding, and this one is no exception.  Though some golf courses forbid sledding on their grounds, this one gives permission, according to sledriding.com.

800 Walnut Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19128

10. Juniata Golf Club

1391 E Cayuga St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

The 1st hole at this 85-acre golf course is another popular place for sledding in the winter. 

1391 E Cayuga St
Philadelphia, PA 19124

11. Wissinoming Park

5773-5945 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19135

A Curbed reader tipped us off to this sledding spot near the corner of Cheltenham and  Frankford in this Northeast Philly park. “Anyone who grew up, or lives in Wissinoming, Frankford, and Oxford Circle has likely sledded on that hill.”

5773-5945 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19135