A decent amount of snow is headed our way for the close of February, and what better way to enjoy some actual winter weather than to sled down some freshly snowed-upon hills? Boston’s multitude of public parks means that there are plenty of options for picking the best hill for sledding.
1. Flagstaff Hill, Boston Common
An oldie but a goodie, Boston Common is the classic spot in Boston to get your sledding on. There’s plenty of open space, and the steep hill that faces Charles Street is great for sledding down.
2. Danehy Park, Cambridge
Danehy Park is the highest point in Cambridge, so there’s some nice hills to sled down and plenty of space on a snowy day to play around. It’s even spacious enough for some recreational skiing or snowboarding!
3. Prospect Hill Park, Waltham
Just 17 minutes driving from the city, Prospect Hill offers great sledding hills and a great view of Boston. Fun fact: this hill is reportedly where George Washington himself raised the first American flag into the air. Make sure to keep pets on a leash though and be cautious as coyotes do inhabit this park.
4. Larz Anderson Park, Brookline
Larz Anderson Park has hills of all shapes, sizes, and inclines, so it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular sledding spots in the city. If you don’t mind the crowds, this is the ultimate sledding location.
5. Thomas Park, Dorchester Heights
Thomas Park is at the highest point of the neighborhood, and it offers awesome views of Downtown and the harbor. With slopes like this, you’ll be sure to enjoy some great sledding here when it snows.
6. Sugar Bowl, Jamaica Plain
As the name suggests, the Bowl by Jamaica Pond is an inverted hill, scooping down and going back up on all sides. Its unique shape makes it safe and fun!
7. Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain
The Arnold Arboretum is perfectly picturesque during the winter, and the two hills are lovely for sledding and sightseeing. The best spots to sled are Peters Hill at Walter and Bussey Streets, since there are less trees in your way to sled down smoothly.