If walking in a winter wonderland isn't exactly your speed, bump up the thrill factor by hopping on a sled and plunging down a snowy slope. This classic wintertime activity is a fun – and free – way to get outside and embrace the crisp air.
So once the snow falls, zip up your coat, grab your gloves and sled, and head to the nearest hill. If you're scouting for a tried-and-true sledding spot, here are some suggestions:
Stephen's Lake Park, Columbia – Try out the hill on the east side of Stephen's Lake. In between runs, warm up by a bonfire conveniently located at a nearby shelter. Bonus: a heated restroom is open year-round.
Brookside Park, Kansas City – Choose your own adventure on Brookside Hill: a smooth, easy ride or a bumpy, fast dive.
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau – Fly down this top-notch sledding spot– known as Cardiac Hill – on the famously hilly campus.
William Jewel College, Liberty – College students and locals alike flock to Browning Bowl on William Jewel's campus for some of most thrilling sledding around.
Lake Springfield Park, Springfield – Set out for the Hilltop Pavilion in Lake Springfield Park for a brisk slide down the slope. Keep in mind, the park is closed to vehicles, so you'll have to walk to your destination.
Blanchette Park, St. Charles – An exhilarating ride awaits those who visit Bum's Hollow in Blanchette Park. The bowl-shaped hill has steep angles and gentle inclines, making it ideal for all ages.