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The Best Sledding in New England

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Hospital Hill Sledding Medfield MA

Sledding at Hospital Hill Medfield, Mass. (photo by Eric H.)

Sledding has always been a simple New England winter pleasure that requires little more than a hill, sled, warm clothing and a kid’s attitude at heart.

Sometimes overlooked in our modern world because of its low-profile, low-tech personality, sledding might not have the instant, warmer indoor convenience of the Wii or games on your SmartPhone, but the chance to zoom downhill in the fresh, brisk New England air has an exhilerating timeless quality that, thankfully, has never quite gone away.

So get outside, already, to reap the benefits from this fun activity of a little sunshine and moderate exercise! The latter is overlooked when sledding, but think about the calories burned when walking back uphill several times. Kids won’t think twice about it, but you will when later stepping on that scale!

My favorite sledding spots in the Boston area are Robbins Farms at 61 Eastern Ave. in Arlington, Mass., for its amazing Boston skyline views and gentles slopes and Hospital Hill in Medfield, Mass., because it will make you feel like you’re in the middle of New Hampshire with its isolated rural vistas. has compiled a terrific list on the best sledding in New England. Boston Events Insider also offers an impressive list on the best Boston area sledding.

Trekeroo has a nice list on best sledding in Connecticut, VisitMaine for sledding in Maine, for sledding in New Hampshire, BostonCentral for sledding in Rhode Island and City-Data for sledding in Vermont.

Before embarking on any of these sledding destinations — or anywhere else that has been recommended to you — please call local police departments or property owners to make sure sledding is currently allowed at these desired destinations. We also recommend wearing a helmet for safety purposes and avoid avoid ice, trees, fences and poles!

Please feel free to share your favorite New England, Boston sledding places by commenting the in the box below.

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