13 Perfect Sledding Spots Near Milwaukee


Sledding is one activity that has become a wintertime favorite among those in the Milwaukee area. There are a number of amazing spots in or close to the city that you will not want to miss checking out. So throw some warm clothes on, round up the family, and grab your sleds, because you will not want to miss out on these perfect sledding spots!

1. LaFollette Park

Location

9418 W Washington St, Milwaukee, WI 53214

LaFollette Park is located in western Milwaukee (about 15 minutes from downtown) in the Cannon Park section of the city. The park is kitty-corner from the Milwaukee County Zoo (southeast) and can be found at the corner of Washington St. and S 92nd St.

Hours

Open daily from 6 am to 10 pm.

Cost

Free.

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This quaint little park that offers some great sledding options for the kiddos. The hills are mild and rolling. The whole sledding area of the park is basically one big bunny hill for kids to slide down. Once the flakes start falling, this 18-acre park turns into a winter wonderland and is perfect for entertaining your kids on a cold winter day. I highly recommend giving this park a try!

Additional Things to Know

If you are looking for the main sledding hill, you can easily find it across from the LaFollette Pavillion and wading pool. Good news is that the playground is located super close to the sledding area. So, when your kids are done sledding, they can conveniently walk right over to the playground.

2. Humboldt Park

Location

3000 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

This park is located 8-10 minutes south of downtown Milwaukee in the Bay View area. The park can be found at the crossroads of E Oklahoma Ave and Park Rd.

Hours

Open daily from 6 am to 10 pm.

Cost

Free.

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Humboldt Park is a very chill and low-key sledding spot. Much like LaFollette Park, its hills aren’t super big or steep but are steep enough to entertain the whole family. This park is conveniently located in the Bay View area and is even lighted so that you can enjoy sledding late into the night.

This park also offers some awesome winter scenery and is complete with two ponds and tons of trails that are perfect for walking in the wintertime.

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This spot is the place to go if you want convenience! There are two bathrooms to choose from in different parts of the park and parking is plentiful. Another bonus to picking this location to sled is its closeness to some amazing restaurants and cafes in the area.

After you are done sledding you can easily warm up at one of the many places located nearby (The Bubbler, Tenuta’s Italian, Canfora Bakery, Swigs Pub and Grill, etc.).

3. Columbus Park

Location

7301 W Courtland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53218

Columbus Park can be found in the northwestern part of the city in the Capitol Heights and Long View part of town. The Park is boxed in by W Courtland Ave, N 72nd St, Glendale Ave, and N 74th St.

Hours

Open from 6 am to 10 pm.

Cost

Free.

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If you are looking for a great place for the whole family to go sledding, this is your spot! Columbus Park has one big sledding hill located in the northeastern corner of the park (close to the bathrooms) and also has a ton of smaller rolling hills to choose from.

There is something for everyone, no matter the age and sledding experience. Your family will be smiling from ear to ear as they bomb down the powdery hills in the sledding spot!

Additional Things to Know

This 10-acre park also offers public restrooms that happen to be right next to the big sledding hill. This park is also a great place to visit in the warmer months as well! There is a fun little wading pool for the kiddos, a play area, a little league field, and much more.

4. McCarty Park

Location

8214 W Cleveland Ave, West Allis, WI 53219

This sledding spot is located in the suburb of West Allis which is about 20-25 minutes (west) from downtown Milwaukee. Parking is located off of W Cleveland Ave or S 82nd St.

Hours

Open daily from 6 am to 10 pm.

Cost

Free.

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The beautiful park will not only have you in awe at is beauty but will also have you entertained as you slide down its small but fun hills. The best sledding hill is located in the southeastern part of the park near the Backstop/Practice Fields.

Additional Things to Know

McCarty Park not only offers sledding, but also is a great place to play baseball, basketball, and sand volleyball (when there is no snow on the ground). This park does include restroom facilities as well.

5. Hawthorn Glen

Location

1130 N 60th St, Milwaukee, WI 53208

If you are coming from the downtown area, Hawthorn Glen is only a 10-15 minute drive. This sledding spot is located in western Milwaukee in between the Wick Field and the Shire neighborhoods.

Hours

Open from 9 am to 7 pm.

Cost

Free.

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Hawthorn Glen is a nature preserve that is a great place to go for some wintertime solitude. It is a quiet park that is generally less crowded than the other parks in the area.

This sledding spot is somewhat of a hidden gem! It has a great sledding hill that offers a thrilling ride to the bottom. Due to this park not being as popular, you don’t have to wait your turn to fly down the hill. Sshhhh….let’s keep it this way!

Additional Things to Know

I highly recommend bringing your camera to this park/nature preserve. The forested area is absolutely beautiful and you have a good chance of seeing wildlife during your visit.

Hawthorn Glen is a great place to go if you need to relax and clear your head. There are tons of nature trails which wind through the trees. This place is a must-visit in both summer and winter!

6. Brown Deer Park

Location

7835 N Green Bay Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209

Brown Deer Park is located 11 miles north of downtown Milwaukee near the actual suburb of Brown Deer.

Hours

Open 6 am to 10 pm.

Cost

Free.

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This large park (362 acres) boast a steep sledding hill that can be found near the Brown Deer Boat House, which is just north of the Golfing area parking lot. This hill is sure to get your adrenaline pumping as you take off over its steep ledge.

Brown Deer Park has become a favorite sledding spot amongst many in this part of town. I guarantee it’ll become one of your favorites as well!

Additional Things to Know

This hill can get quite popular on a good snow day. Be sure to arrive early if you want to beat the crowds.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention the other cool facilities that are offered at this park. Besides the amazing sledding hill, Brown Deer also has a golf course, disc-golf course, sand volleyball pit, soccer fields, a softball diamond, a boathouse, and much more. What is not to love about this park?!

7. Kilbourn Reservoir Park

Location

2230 N Bremen St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Kilbourn Reservoir Park is 10 minutes north of downtown and can be found on the other side of the Milwaukee River. The park itself is located in the Riverwest area and is right next to Kadish Park.

Hours

Open from 6 am to 10 pm.

Cost

Free.

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If you are looking for a sledding spot that also has a great view, this is the place to be! Kilbourn Reservoir Park offers stunning glimpses of the city skyline at the top of the hills.

This park is located on a former reservoir that was built in 1873. The reservoir was eventually drained and turned into a park in 2004, leaving behind an amazing sledding hill! You can get some serious speed as you fly down theses multiple-stepped hills!

Additional Things to Know

Word to the wise, be careful what path you choose to sled down. This sledding spot is normally very safe, but there is the potential to end up close to the surrounding streets as you near the end of your ride.

Make sure that you practice safe sledding and are aware of where you are going. Oh also, be sure to have fun!!

8. St. Mary’s Hill

Location

2323 N Lake Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53211

This epic sledding hill is located in the 5-10 minutes north of downtown in the Historic Water Tower and Murray Hill area. The hill itself is right by the Colombia St. Mary’s Hospital.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

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St. Mary’s Hill is considered by many to be the best sledding hill in Milwaukee. Its steep slope, great view, and long ride are what make it such an epic sledding experience.

It’s hard to find a negative thing to say about this hill! It offers a thrilling ride that will leave you wanting to hike back up to sled it over and over again.

Additional Things to Know

It is important that you are aware that the hill bottoms out in a parking lot. There are hay bales put in place to stop you from going too far. That being said, this spot is best if used by more experienced sledders.

9. Whitnall Park

Location

5879 S 92nd St, Franklin, WI 53132

Whitnall Park and its accompanying sledding area are located in the town of Franklin, which is 25-30 minutes southwest of Milwaukee. The park is located at the crossroads of W Rawson Ave and S 92nd St.

Hours

Open from 6 am to 10 pm.

Cost

Free.

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This sledding hill is not for the faint of heart. Thrill-seeking sledders love this hill which is right next to a toboggan run. The slope is seriously steep and offers a speedy and long slide to the bottom. To top it all off, this park and sledding hill is lit up until 10 pm! This allows you to mix things up a bit and try out night sledding. Just be sure to dress warmly.

Additional Things to Know

This hill is totally awesome but has a tendency to become a little icy. I suggest that you use caution when sliding down…ice can do some serious damage!

In addition to being a great sledding spot, this park also offers a nature center with tours, a botanical garden (in the warmer months), a golf course, and walking trails.

10. Wilson Recreation

Location

4001 S 20th street, Milwaukee, WI 53221

Located 15 minutes southwest of Milwaukee in the Southpoint and Wilson Park area you will find Wilson Recreation. This park is sandwiched between Arlington Park Cemetary and Wilson Park.

Hours

N/A

Cost

Free.

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This is the jack of all trades sledding spot. Not only is there an insanely good hill offer here, but there are also various other activities to do in the winter. Wilson Recreation has an ice arena that is worth checking out. This is one sledding spot that’ll keep you coming back for years to come.

Additional Things to Know

Once you are done sledding or ice skating you can warm up and grab a bite to eat at Denny’s or Buffalo Wild Wings (both of which are right up S 27th St).

11. The Rock Snowpark

Location

7900B Crystal Ridge Rd, Franklin, WI 53132

This tubing park is located in Franklin which is a 20-25 minute drive southwest of Milwaukee. The facility is close to Whitnall Park.

Hours

Open Monday – Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm, Friday – Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 8 pm.

Cost

Prices depend on the day you go tubing. On Monday-Thursday it is $16 for unlimited tubing and on Friday – Sunday it is $20 for a two-hour session. For more info, visit the Rock Snowpark website.

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This is a place to go for tubing! The Rock Snowpark offers a ton of downhill tubing runs that are pristinely groomed. You will be shot down the long runs at incredible speeds.

One of the best parts about tubing here is that you don’t even have to worry about walking back up the hill. There is a magic carpet conveyor that shoots you right up to the top of the hill. This is easily the best tubing place and is super close to Milwaukee.

Additional Things to Know

If you want an even more unique tubing experience, try out the “glow tubing” offered at this park. You will be sledding down the snow-covered slopes but they will be lit up by all different colored lights! This takes night sledding to a whole new level.

Glow tubing is normally on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:15 pm to 11 pm. For more information on glow tubing, visit the Rock Snowpark’s website.

12. Sunburst Wintersports Park

Location

8355 Prospect Dr, Kewaskum, WI 53040

This tubing park is located 45 minutes away from Milwaukee in the town of Kewaskum. The park is just south of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Hours

Tuesday – Thursday 4 pm to 9:30 pm, Friday – Monday 9:30 am to 9:30 pm.

Cost

Costs differ depending on the day and size of the group. General admission is $18. For more detailed information visit Sunburst Wintersports Park pricing page.

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Sunburst Tubing Park is hard to beat! In fact, many consider it to be one the top tubing destinations in the U.S. It has been recognized by USA Today as one of the top ten tubing parks in the country and by Cheap Flights as one of the world’s most epic tubing hills.

This tubing area boasts more than 45 tubing lanes and is the worlds largest tubing park! You won’t have to worry about waiting in line at this park. In addition to that, there is a magic carpet lift that’ll shoot you back up the hill once you hit the bottom.

Additional Things to Know

Sunburst Wintersports Park also offers some amazing skiing and snowboarding trails. There are 11 runs to choose from and each varies in difficulting. In addition to that, the ski area also has a terrain park. There is so much to like about this place. Sunburst is an absolute must for anyone living in Wisconsin!

13. Sylvan Hill Park

Location

1329 Sylvan St, Wausau, WI 54403

Sylvan Hill Park is quite the drive from Milwaukee! It is located in the town of Wausau, which is 3 hours northwest of the city.

Hours

Open Friday from 6 pm to 9:30 pm, Saturday from 1:30 pm to 9:30 pm, and Sundays from 1:30 pm to 5 pm.

Cost

Costs vary from $7 to $9.50 depending on age. There are also various group rates. For more details on hours or costs visit the Sylvan Tubing webpage.

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This tubing park makes for a great day trip or overnight trip. It is located in the beautiful area of Wausau and is worth the drive! Sylvan Hill tubing park boasts 6 lanes that bomb down a hill that is 133 feet long. You and your family will be grinning from ear to ear as you fly down these runs! Once you are at the bottom you can grab onto one of the two wired tow ropes that pull you back up to the top so you can ride down again.

“One of the many gems that we are lucky to have in Wausau. A great place for the family all year round.”

Joel Lewis

Additional Things to Know

After a long session of tubing, you can stop by the Chalet Snack Bar and pick up some food and a hot chocolate.

In addition to tubing, Sylvan Hill Park also offers 4.7 km of cross-country skiing and 1.3 km of snowshoeing.

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