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The best places to go sledding in Boston and beyond

Snow falls over the Boston area
Snow hit the Boston area on Thursday Dec. 17, 2020. (Shelby Lum/Globe Staff)

Time to break out the sleds. After some parts of Massachusetts saw the first major snowfall of the season, which canceled school for many, Friday turned into a day to step outside for a break on the hills.

For years, a group of local mothers has been putting together an interactive map of spots they learned about through online groups and word-of-mouth. Here are a few of their suggestions, plus some of our own.

Larz Anderson Park in Brookline

The grassy slopes at the largest park in Brookline make it a popular sledding spot for kids of all ages, with big and small hills and views of Boston at the top.

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Jean B. Waldstein Playground in Brookline

With its long hill, the playground is a good sledding spot for kids.

Rogers Park in Brighton

In addition to a small sledding hill, the park has a playground and basketball and tennis courts.

Walsh Playground in Dorchester

The Dorchester park has different slopes for kids of all ages, including a long hill along Clancy Road with plenty of room to spread out in case of crowds.

The Sugar Bowl next to Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain

The inverted hill, where you can start going down at one end and, with enough momentum, come up on the other, is usually a popular place with a fresh coat of snow.

President’s Lawn at Tufts University in Medford

The steep hillside on Tufts’ campus is open to sledding for all — not just students.

George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department chose the 12th hole at the course as having the best hills for sledding back in 2011.

Boston Higashi School in Randolph
Highland Park in Roxbury
Flagstaff Hill on Boston Common

The slope near the baseball diamond in America’s oldest public park becomes a popular place for families after a snowstorm.

Danehy Park in Cambridge
Weld Hill at Arnold Arboretum

From the top of the arboretum are scenic views of downtown Boston and Blue Hills, plus open, hilly terrain that’s prime for sledding.

Medfield State Hospital in Medfield
Amory Park in Brookline

With smaller and shorter slopes, the Brookline park is a good spot for younger kids.

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Strawberry Valley Golf Course in Abington

The public course is a popular spot for sledding and cross-country skiing.

Coast Guard Hill in Marshfield
Corey Hill Park in Brookline

The park is located on top of a slope with views of Boston and Cambridge.

Fallon Field in Roslindale

The South Street park has a double hill that’s pretty steep, with enough room to host crowds if it gets busy.

Robbins Farm Park in Arlington
Millennium Park in West Roxbury

The former landfill hill is a convenient sledding site: Parents can park at the top of the hill and push their kids down the nearest snow bank. It also offers nice views of Boston and a nature trail.

Simonds Park in Burlington


Amanda Kaufman can be reached at amanda.kaufman@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandakauf1.