Sleigh all day: 9 of the best sledding hills in Brooklyn

Brooklynites broke out the sleds in Prospect Park after a 2020 snowstorm.
File photo by Caroline Ourso

Kids take their snowstorms very seriously, because snow means sledding! Whether your child is hitting the hills for the first time or if they’re an aspiring winter daredevil, we’ve compiled a great list of the best Brooklyn sledding hills to keep the kids entertained all winter long.

So put on your winter gear, grab your sled, and head to one of the best sledding hills in your neighborhood.

Fort Greene Park

Interior of the park at Willoughby Avenue, Fort Greene/Clinton Hill

The hill near the Prison Ship Martyrs monument is quite a wild ride. It surrounds all four sides of the monument so it never gets too crowded, but the steepest and least crowded area is at the top of the hill. The hill is easily accessible from the park’s Willoughby Avenue entrance.

Owl’s Head Park

Colonial Road and 68th Street, Sunset Park

Kids hit the hills at Owl’s Head Park.

On the border of Bay Ridge and Sunset Park, this park boasts not only an amazing skate park but a huge hill that seems to drop off into New York Harbor. It’s an exhilarating ride, indeed. Be aware that there are no public restrooms in Owl’s Head Park.

Highland Park

Highland Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, Cypress Hills

A very overlooked park, on the border between Brooklyn and Queens in Cypress Hills, is Highland Park. The park is in fact on a high plateau that seems to crease the middle of Long Island well beyond city limits. The views of the ocean are stunning enough, but the sledding is primo!

Hillside Park

Middagh and Vine streets, Brooklyn Heights

With a name like Hillside, you know you’re in for a few slopes. This park also boasts a dog run, so bring the family pooch along on your sledding adventure. The park is located in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Heights promenade.

Lincoln Terrace Park

Between Buffalo and Rochester avenues, adjacent to Eastern Parkway service road, Brownsville/Crown Heights

After a solid snowfall, this slope is as good as any in the city, and you might get the added bonus of smaller crowds than the bigger parks.

McKinley Park

Fort Hamilton Parkway and 73rd Street, Bay Ridge

Don’t let its size fool you—this park has a solid hill that’s perfect on a snowy afternoon. There’s also a playground, dog run, and year-round public bathroom.

Prospect Park

Near the Tennis House at Prospect Park West and 9th Street

Four-year-old Tilda Keener-Schrager and 5-year-old Vera Lentz make snowballs in Prospect Park.

The hills here attract sledders from Flatbush, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace, and beyond.

The most popular slope is near the old tennis house and the current picnic house (nearest entrance is on Prospect Park West and 9th Street), but if that’s too crowded, try the one in the meadow off Grand Army Plaza or the one behind the Picnic House, at the Third Street entrance.

Shore Road Park

Shore Road and 97th Street, Bay Ridge

The big hill here is hard to miss. It may be a bit steep for young kids and/or beginner sledders. The good news: There are three year-round bathrooms in the park.

Sunset Park

Interior of the park between 42nd and 43rd streets, Sunset Park

Here you’ll find one of the highest points on all of Long Island (meaning the entire fish-shaped glacial land mass from Brooklyn to Montauk Point).

Yes, this hill is a shredder’s paradise, and if it’s a clear day, Lady Liberty will be waving from the gorgeous vista of New York Harbor. Bathrooms are located in the Recreation Center.