Sledding is my favorite winter outdoor activity and Twin Cities-area sledding hills can’t really be beat. They are free and abundant, and they come in all shapes and sizes. These are some of our favorite sledding hills around the metro:
Anoka Parks • George Enloe Park in Anoka is a lit sledding hill, offering a safer evening sledding option.
Edina Parks • Braemar Park. While the city doesn’t officially endorse any particular sledding hill, they do suggest that children should do their sledding in parks as opposed to roadside banks. They also invite families to enjoy the Toe Warmer Special at the Tin Fish Restaurant in Braemar Park after sledding.
Minneapolis Parks • The Minneapolis Park Board recommends three hills for sledding. However these are steeper grade hills most appropriate for older kids and adults. Residents know that any park with a slope is fair game as long as sledders are safe and courteous toward other park users. MPRB asks that sledders “use caution when using these non-designated sledding areas; never sled toward traffic and avoid hills with trees nearby.” The three recommended hills are:
- The former tubing hill near the chalet at Wirth Park
- Sunset Hill in Wirth Winter Recreation Area
- Columbia Golf Course in Northeast Minneapolis
All of these hills are free, but Columbia has tube rentals available.
New Hope • The City of New Hope recommends Civic Center Park, Fred Sims Park, and Hidden Valley Park for sledding. The hill at Civic Center Park is lighted.
Ramsey County Parks • Ramsey County has four free designated sledding locations, including:
- Battle Creek Regional Park
- Manitou Ridge Golf Course (south of the parking lot)
- Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park
- Tamarack Nature Center
St. Louis Park • St. Louis Park refers to sledding hills as “sliding hills” but you can find them by searching on its Neighborhood Park page.
- Ainsworth Park, 7700 28th Street West
- Aquila Park, 3110 Xylon Ave. S.
- Browndale Park, 4900 Morningside Road
- Dakota Park, 2643 Dakota Avenue South
- Keystone Park, 3034 Alabama Avenue South
- Louisiana Oaks Park, 3500 Louisiana Avenue South
- Minikahda Vista Park, 3901 Inglewood Avenue South
- Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave. S.
- Rotary Northside Park, 2200 Louisiana Ave. S.
- Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive
St. Paul • The St. Paul Parks Department recommends the following 15 parks for sledding. They also have a handy list of sledding safety tips on their site.
- Highland Park Community Center
- Highland Park (Near Water Tower)
- Merriam Park Recreation Center
- Griggs Park
- Como Ski Center
- McDonough Recreation Center
- Arlington Arkwright Park
- Frost Lake Park
- Prosperity Park
- Battle Creek Regional Park
- Baker Park
- McMurray Athletic Fields
- Orchard Park
- Margaret Park
- Frogtown Farm Park
Three Rivers Parks • Sledding hills in Three Rivers are unsupervised and children should be accompanied by adults. The following five parks are recommended for sledding:
- Baker Park Reserve
- Carver Park Reserve
- Elm Creek Park Reserve
- French Regional Park
- Hyland Lake Park Reserve
State Parks • If you want to take a Minnesota road trip that includes sledding, the State Parks also offer sledding hills at these locations.
Did we miss some? Do you have other favorites? Drop us a line. We’ll add more as we discover them.