Where to Go Sand Sledding with Kids in LA

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There may be snow on the mountains in the distance (and if you want to play in the cold, white fluffy stuff, check out our kid-friendly guide to snow play in LA), but if you want to give kids a sledding experience without having to travel far, head to the beach. Read on for the best sand sledding spots in Los Angeles—no puffy coats or hats needed.

Sand Sledding in LA: Zuma Beach Sand Berms

Up the coast in Malibu, Zuma always makes for a beautiful beach day, whether you're crashing in the waves or sledding in the sand. It is a bit more of a trek, so you may want to pack up a picnic along with your sleds and make a day of it. The berms at Zuma are long and much less trafficked than Venice and Hermosa, which also means they aren't as smooth and slick. For a better ride, have the grownups in the group take a few trips down the slope first, to carve out a nice pathway for the little ones—yep, it's a perfect excuse to get a turn on the new sled!

Zuma isn't as busy in the winter, so you should have no trouble grabbing a parking spot in the lot directly behind the sand dunes for $8.

30000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu
Online: beaches.lacounty.gov/zuma-beach

Sand Sledding in LA: Hermosa Beach Sand Berms

The Hermosa Beach sand berms stretch out from both sides of the Hermosa Pier providing plenty of ocean-front real estate for your little sand bunnies. These hills are a little less steep making them the best spot for the youngest (or most cautious) sledders.

The closest places to park are the two public metered lots on Hermosa Ave. at 11th and 13th Street. 

1 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach
Online: hermosabeach.gov

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

Sand Sledding in LA: Venice Pier Sand Berms

Just south of the Venice Beach Pier is one of the most popular sand sledding spots on the coast. The Venice berm stretches from the pier all along the length of the south parking lot, so despite being a hotspot, there's always plenty of room for everyone. These slopes are usually the biggest of the berms on the coast, making them the go-to spot for young sledders (and grown-ups) looking for the best thrill ride. Late Dec. or early Jan. is usually the best time to visit, as the sand has gotten packed down, making for a smoother and faster ride.

Parking in the lot can run from $8-$12 on the weekends. You can also look for a spot on Washington Blvd., but it can be a bit of a walk. 

W. Washington Blvd. & Ocean
Venice 
Online: beaches.lacounty.gov/venice-beach

Sand Sledding in LA: Point Mugu State Park Sand Berms

Catch some sand in the Santa Monica Mountains! While the sledding here is prime, there's more at this location that will easily occupy you and your crew for the day—miles of sandy beaches with rocky bluffs, rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons and wide grassy valleys dotted with sycamores and oaks along with 70+ miles of hiking trails.

Parking fees: $12.00 per car, per day; 3 hours $9; 2 hours $6 and 1 hour is $3 per car.

9000 W. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu
Online: parks.ca.gov

Sand Sledding in LA: Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Park

At the north end of this park there’s a 100 foot high slope covered in deep sand that kids can climb up and jump, roll, or run down. If your brood grows tired of the sand, there’s also a children’s playground with other facilities including picnic areas, restrooms, and drinking water. The rest of the park includes trails and flora in Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Nature Preserve. This spot does require reservations so make sure you secure them before heading here to avoid disappointment.

Bell Ave. & 33rd St.
Manhattan Beach
Online: manhattanbeach.gov

–Shahrzad Warkentin

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