Winter is officially here and snow tubing is the perfect way to break in the season. Sliding down mountaintops at full speed, quick breaks for lunch and hot cocoa, time with family and friends – these are the ingredients for a perfect day. Just remember to dress appropriately – your toes and fingers will thank you!
From Pennsylvania to Maine, these are some of the best snow tubing spots in the Northeast.
Snow tubing in Pennsylvania
As the home of the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania has plenty of places to go snow tubing. But if you’re looking for crazy fast slopes and the best all-around action, this park is arguably the most fun!
As the biggest snow tubing park in the U.S. with 42 lighting-fast lanes, Camelback Resort has plenty of great slopes to go around. Enjoy the traditional (and always fun) snow tubing experience or try something a little different. New to the 2016/17 winter season, Galactic Snowtubing features an after-dark LED light show bound to keep everyone excited once the sun goes down. Camelback also offers skiing, snowboarding, zip lining and a really fun mountain coaster.
Need a break? Check out the new Snowtubing Lodge, a cozy spot with lots of restrooms and revamped food and beverage facilities, including a bar (the adults thank you)!
Please note: Camelback snow tubing tickets can’t be purchased online. They are only available at the park on the day of your visit and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Try getting to the park early to purchase tickets and go on a weekday if possible. Weekends are extremely busy.
Snow tubing in New Jersey
Less than a two-hour drive from some of Pennsylvania’s enormous snow tubing destinations, New Jersey has the best of both worlds. If you’re looking for some winter fun that’s a little more local to Jersey, the Drop Zone is a great option.
Mountain Creek Drop Zone Snow Tubing Park
Expanded from seven lanes to 30, Mountain Creek Drop Zone has become one of the largest snow tubing spots in America. Visit the park and breeze down well-maintained slopes at top speed for a day of fun and laughs. When you’ve reached the bottom, skip the hike back up with a magic carpet lift to the top.
You can reserve tickets for a single day or visit the resort for a mini-vacation, stunning views and extended family fun. If by the off chance you’ve had enough tubing for the day, try skiing or snowboarding on one of Mountain Creek’s intermediate slopes.
Kids must be 42 inches tall and at least 5 years old in order to snow tube.
More snow tubing in New Jersey: Campgaw Mountain
Snow tubing in New York
New York has many great options for fun snow tubing day trips. And approximately two hours from some parks in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey, the list just keeps growing. However, out of all the winter parks nearby, this is our favorite New York spot.
The Windham Mountain Adventure Park
Zoom down six lanes of 650-foot snow-covered slopes! You can enjoy the thrill in a single canvas-covered tube or tie multiple tubes together for some family fun. And if the little ones need a break, warm up with hot cocoa at Sliders Café. You can buy tickets for two-hour sessions ($20) or spend just $5 more on a four-hour session. There are even Friday night specials where snow tubing is only $15 for a three-hour session (5-8 p.m.).
If reasonable pricing and awesome tubing aren’t enough reason to visit, The Windham Mountain Adventure Park also offers ice skating, two zip lines, kids’ snowmobiles and – of course – skiing and snowboarding. Day and night, this park is guaranteed to keep you entertained all winter long.
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More snow tubing in New York: Four Seasons Golf & Ski Center, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park, Hunter Mountain, Mount Peter, Plattekill Mountain (Find AAA member discounts here!), Taberg Tower Tubing, Toggenburg Mountain Ski Center, West Mountain Tubing Park. Bonus: If you own snow tubes and want to go snow tubing for free, then check out the Lake George Recreation Center.
Snow tubing in Connecticut
While Connecticut is home base to countless skiers and snowboarders, snow tubing is another option for locals seeking a different kind of thrill. Check out the park below for some awesome winter fun.
Powder Ridge Mount Park & Resort
Less than 25 minutes from Hartford, New Haven, the Powder Ridge Park and Resort is a great place for locals to enjoy some winter fun. You and your family can take it easy or hit the extreme tubing trail. No matter what you chose, the three tubing runs at Powder Ridge can reach some pretty high speeds. Snow tubing is available from 3-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Purchase a tubing-only pass or opt for the full-access pass to enjoy snow tubing and other winter sports. And when you’re done braving the cold outdoors, enjoy a warm, cozy atmosphere and food prepared by chef Kevin Cottle at the Fire at the Ridge & Ridgeside Tavern.
More snow tubing in Connecticut: Woodbury Ski Area
Snow tubing in Massachusetts
Massachusetts is home to plenty of great snow tubing runs, but in our opinion, the most fun and the most extreme is the New England Sports Park!
New England Sports Park
Dedicated solely to tubing, day and night, all season long, the New England Sports Park promises an excellent time. The park features anywhere from six to 10 tubing lanes (depending on weather conditions) and conveniently tracks current tubing speeds and the number of lanes open. So before purchasing tickets, check out the park’s tubing conditions to ensure a day of top speeds and great runs.
You can rocket down some of the steepest slopes in New England and ride the conveyor belt back up the mountain. Purchase tickets for an amazing day of fun the whole family will enjoy and check out group pricing for an even more economical winter thrill.
Please note: New England Sports Park features three hills: one main hill with six lanes (open Thursday and Friday), a steeper hill with two lanes (open on weekends), and a toddler hill.
Snow tubing in New Hampshire
If you’re looking for a mountain with not only snow tubing, but the best off-hill winter fun in the New Hampshire area, then this park is exactly what you’re looking for!
Ride forward, backward, or spin down the hill – you can do it all at Cranmore’s Tubing Park. Featuring 10 lanes serviced by both a magic-carpet surface lift and a handle-tow lift, there is plenty of action to go around. You can spend the day whooshing down the slopes, or hit one of Cranmore’s many off-hill activities.
After a two-hour session of tubing, visit Mountain Adventure Park and try out the mountain coaster, zip line or giant swing. Atwo-hour tubing ticket costs $29; for $20 more you can purchase a two-hour tubing ticket and unlimited access to the Mountain Adventure Park. Check the park activity rates for more details on pricing.
More snow tubing in New Hampshire: Granite Gorge, Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, Gunstock Mountain Resort, King Pine , Loon Mountain, McIntyre Ski Area, Mount Washington Resort, Pats Peak, Winterville Valley Resort
Snow tubing in Rhode Island
Yawgoo Valley may be the only snow tubing park in Rhode Island, but that has nothing to do with its great reputation. The park includes seven perfectly carved lanes and tow ropes, which means plenty of tubing for everyone. And the friendly staff will even help you and your kids spin down the mountain (if requested). Snow tubing sessions at Yawgoo Valley are $15 per 50 minutes. The park is open Friday through Sunday and tickets can be purchased online or in person the day of, but no reservations or purchases can be made by phone.
While there is no age limit, children need to be at least 42 inches tall to tube. Be sure to check the weather and daily report before booking. Tickets are nonrefundable!
No matter where you are in the Northeast and no matter what mountain you’re tubing down, just remember to have fun. Snow tubing brings out the inner child in all of us. So when you’re flying down that snowy slope at top speed, don’t hold back any laughs or screams. Dress warm and enjoy the time with your family and friends.
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