Most people prefer warm, sunny weather over the cold, dreary winter. But, of course, you can’t go snowboarding in New York when it’s 85 degrees. Instead of dreading the snow, make the most of it with these winter sports!
Long Island Winter Sports
Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks on Long Island
Christopher Morley Park of Roslyn
Voted the best outdoor ice skating rink on Long Island by News 12 viewers, Christopher Morley Park’s rink is open until mid-March as long as weather permits. Group and private lessons are available in the 200-feet by 80-feet facility.
Grant Park of Hewlett is home to an ice skating rink that will also be open until March. The rink is open seven days a week and has rentals available.
Hempstead Lake State Park of West Hempstead
When permitted by the park manager, ice skating is permitted on McDonald Pond in Hempstead Lake Park. For information as to whether or not ice skating is permitted on a given day, like them on Facebook or contact them directly.
Marjorie R. Post and Syosset-Woodbury Community Parks
Until February 28, the outdoor ice skating rinks found at both Marjorie R. Post Park of Massapequa and Syosset-Woodbury Community Park of Woodbury will be open and following the same schedule. For information on rates and public sessions, click here.
Sledding on Long Island
Bethpage State Park
Located on one of the five world-class Bethpage State Park golf courses is a hill that’s perfect for sledding. Park rules permit only steerable sleds—no inflatables allowed.
Cedar Creek Park
Cedar Creek Park in Seaford has several sledding hills open throughout the winter as long as there’s snow on the ground.
Eisenhower State Park
Eisenhower State Park’s appropriately named “Sled Hill” has a gradual slope, making it perfect for young children. The park has two entrances, so if you’re interested in some family fun at Sled Hill enter via Merrick Avenue.
If you’re headed to Grant Park for a day of ice skating, why not do a bit of sledding as well? The park’s sledding hill is open throughout the winter, weather permitting of course.
Ski and Snowboard Destinations near Long Island
Mohawk Mountain of Connecticut is under two hours outside of New York City. To ski the 24 trails available, visitors can rent equipment daily and children can take lessons. Mohawk Mountain is a great day trip for any fan of extreme winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.
Just over an hour outside of New York City, Mountain Creek is a New Jersey ski destination with 45 trails ready to be shredded. This resort also offers snow tubing, so you can get a taste of several different winter sports if you choose to visit.
Cross-country skiers don’t have to leave Long Island to ski. Muttontown Preserve of Syosset has been called a “haven for cross country skiing.”
Most of these winter sports are dependent on cold, snowy weather, so once the springtime hits you’ll no longer be able to enjoy them. Take advantage of them while you can!