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We’re guessing you aren’t at work, your school has been cancelled, and you’ve finally tired of looking at all the porn on the Internet. (At least for today. Or the next few hours. Or the next twenty minutes.) It’s the ideal time to regress back to your childhood in a socially acceptable manner. D.C. is full of fantastic sledding spots, and we’ve compiled them here for your sliding pleasure. But first: We know that not everyone is fully equipped for snow-tastic fun, so we’ve also put together a short list of places to stock up on winter gear like sleds, snow pants, and effective lip balm. (Just in case the rest of your day involves making out for warmth.)


Most important thing first –

Where to pick up a sled:

The North Face
3333 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Mon-Sat 10:00am – 8:00pm, Sun 11:00am – 6:oopm


If you’re ready to make a real investment in some cold weather gear, North Face is the place to go.


3100 14th St NW #201, Washington, DC 20010
Mon-Sat 8:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sun 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Conveniently located just past the Columbia Heights Metro station.

TJ Maxx & Homegoods
3222 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Mon-Sat 9:30 am – 9:30 pm, Sun 11 am – 8 pm

They have decorative sleds for the home, because who doesn’t want Christmas all year round?


Tenleytown Ace Hardware
4500 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC 20016
Mon-Sat 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

This Ace is practically on top of the Tenleytown Metro, so you can save your precious energy for browsing.


Protect your lips for that post-exhilaration make-out sesh:

Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter, $12, Sephora

There is nothing, *nothing* else like the Korres formula for lip balm. You are rubbing berry-colored cashmere against your mouth, and everything is right with the world.


Burt’s Bees Superfruit Lip Balms 4 Pk, $9.99, ULTA


Your home boys at Burt’s Bees know what’s up. This stuff is super moisturizing , classic, and 4 for 10 is a steal.


Rosebud Lip Salve, $6, Sephora

So that you can look like a 50’s housewife classily dipping your pinky into a cheeky tin of rose balm in the middle of the snow.


Sally Hansen Overnight Lip Recovery, $9.95, drugstores everywhere

Slather this on before you go to sleep to cure your lips of windburn/the chapped horribleness that happens after spending hours in the wind and dry air. Your kisser will thank you.


Now that you’ve got everything you need, grab your sled and/or an adult beverage (strictly for warmth, of course) and head to a sledding spot near you.


Capitol Hill

First Street SE, Washington DC


Parking: Street parking available.

Nearest metro: Capitol South/Smithsonian

Finally, some Capitol Hill slithering we can get behind. The slopes around the Capitol Building aren’t too steep, but it’s probably the prettiest sledding venue on our list.

Book Hill Park

1693 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007


Parking: Street

Nearest metro: Rosslyn

Featuring a lofty hill behind Georgetown Library, this is prime sledding as long as you can stop yourself from sliding into traffic at the bottom.


Rock Creek Park

23rd and P St NW


Parking: Street
Nearest metro: Dupont Circle
This secluded sledding spot is only a few blocks from Dupont Metro and features a steep hill that probably won’t be too crowded.

George Washington Masonic Memorial

101 Callahan Dr, Alexandria, VA


Parking: Street

Nearest metro: King Street

We know it’s not technically in the District, but with multi-tiered hills and a fantastic view this is a great spot to get your slide on.

Fort Reno Park

3800 Donaldson Pl NW, Washington, DC 20018


Parking: Street
Nearest metro: Tenleytown 
The highest natural point in DC, this awesome summer concert venue is also fantastic for slippery winter fun. (Just make sure you’re not standing in front of anyone coming down the hill.)

Takoma Park Middle School

7611 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, MD


Parking: School parking lot
Nearest metro: Takoma Park
Though the school is a little bit of a trek from the metro stop, the hill behind the school is supposedly pretty sweet.

Battery Kemble Park

49th St NW and Garfield St NW, Washington DC 20016


Parking: One parking lot available.

Metro: N/A

The hill at Battery Kemble is touted as the best sledding spot in DC. There’s no metro around it, making it a little more difficult to get to than the others. However, that means if you do make it there’s more space for you!



Edmund Burke School

4101 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington DC 20008

Parking: Street Parking
Nearest metro: Van Ness
Just because schools are closed doesn’t mean they can’t still be useful. The hill behind this educational institution is great for sledding.

Meridian Hill Park

2400 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20008


Parking: Street Parking
Nearest metro: Columbia Heights
The steps at Meridian Hill are a great sledding spot now that we’ve had a substantial amount of snow.
These are our picks; where are your favorite sledding spots around the District? Tell us in the comments!