What would winter be without at least one exhilarating snow day? And what’s a snow day without a frigid trek across town to slip and slide down some fresh white powdered hills?
If you’re patiently waiting to dust off the old sled and head out for a day full of child-like bliss, allow us – as a team of Philly locals – to offer you an expert’s guide to sledding in the City of Brotherly Love. But remember when heading out to these local gems: the snow also brings slippery dangers — so please be extra careful on snow and ice!
(If you take a spill, head on over to vybe urgent care where you’ll be seen urgent and treated kindly!)
1. Philadelphia Museum of Art
This is Center City’s number one sledding spot — hands down. Sledders come from far and wide to give these famous stairs a whirl. If you live close by, this is your mecca for snow day activities.
But watch out for flying limbs and phantom sleds, because this place can get crowded. Luckily, everyone deserves great care, so vybe’s Center City location isn’t too far in case of any injuries.
2. Packer Park
South Philadelphians, rejoice! Passyunk may be flat as a pancake, but did you know that there are hills on your horizon? Packer Park, just down by the sports complex, is right off the Broad Street Line and a hidden haven for South Philly sledders.
Taking the subway during inclement weather can be a safer travel option, but remember that the stairs can get wet, slippery, and pretty dangerous. Our South Philly location is just off the Ellsworth Federal stop, and we’re experts at strains, pains, and accidents.
(Expert tip: FDR Park is just around the corner, should Packer get a little too busy for your liking)
3. Juniata Golf Course
For our Northeast folks, your best local sled spot is just off the Church Ave. stop on the Market Frankford line. After a nice winter snowfall, the golf course looks like a winter wonderland. Snowy slopes for days!
And should you fall a little funny or bump your head on your trusty toboggan, our Port Richmond location is a quick drive away.
4. Bartram’s Garden
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In honor of hitting 1777 followers today, here's a post about John Bartram, who died in that year. Bartram is considered by many to be the father of American botany, and his lasting legacy is the truly magnificent Bartram's Gardens on the banks of the Schuykill. Walking around this place gives me chills. That may be because it's 11 degrees, but still.
You may know this West Philly spot for its blooming horticulture and lovely city views. But when snow falls, this garden has a whole new neighborhood purpose. Hey, they even advertise as a sledding spot on their recreations page. Have at it – but remember: just because the Schuylkill is frozen, doesn’t mean it’s an ice rink. Better to stay ashore!
5. Thomas Mansion
Tucked away in Clifford Park, just East of the Wissahickon River is your new favorite place to sled through Philly’s beautiful woods. This neighborhood is just bursting with hills and parks, and one very special urgent care location that is just a few miles west…(psst. It’s us!)
From east to west, and north to south, there are plenty of hills and thrills in store for Philly’s next big snow day. Whether you’re skating or sledding, or even throwing a few snowballs around, remember that vybe is here for all your urgent care needs! Swing by and you’ll feel better as soon as you walk in.