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Outdoor Winter Activities in NYC

Jan 14th 2014

It might be cold and snowy outside but that’s not necessarily a bad thing! The white blanket of snow covering the city creates picturesque views and a winter playground for adults and kids alike.

Snow in New York offers visitors a unique experience and provides even more fun outdoor activities to enjoy. So bundle up and embrace the joys of a snowy New York with some our favorite outdoor winter activities!

  • Go for a winter hike in one of the city’s parks.
  • Go ice-skating at one of the city’s iconic outdoor skating rinks.
  • Build a snowman or a snow fort in one of city’s parks.
  • Try snowshoeing at Flushing Meadows Park and Fort Totten Park.
  • Play broomball at Flushing Meadows’ World Ice Arena.
  • Try cross-country skiing in Central Park.
  • Grab a sled and go tobogganing.

Best places to go tobogganing in the city:

  • Central Park - Pilgrim Hill located just north of the 72nd Street entrance at Fifth Avenue is by far the most popular hill in the city but it’s very busy, Cedar Hill (between 76th and 79th Streets) or the hill at 106th Street and Fifth Avenue are great alternatives.
  • Prospect Park  - There is a hill at 9th Street and Prospect Park West that’s often enjoyed as well as a second option. Just a short walk further is Nethermead hill can make you feel like you are far from the city, amongst the woods.
  • Upper East Side  - 91st Street between Second and Third Avenues is a street that is permanently closed to traffic, which makes a great sledding hill.
  • Highbridge Park  - The Parks Department occasionally will host official snow days where there are designated locations for winter fun and sometimes even free hot chocolate.

A fun day in the snow is something that doesn’t have to cost a lot and can leave you with some great memories. Afterwards warm up fireside in the city with a hot drink!