Family feeling a little stir crazy? Our suggestion: kick cabin fever to the curb and embrace the snowy tundra with a snow tubing excursion. No skill or expensive gear needed, plus guaranteed fun. Here are over a dozen spots to slip and slide in the snow!

(Some tips before you go: To manage crowds, most tubing parks require reservations for a specific time. You can cut down on your wait when you arrive by getting waiver forms at parks’ web sites and filling them out beforehand. Like all snow sports, the weather affects tubing conditions. Give the parks a call to confirm they are fully operational and open.)

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photo: via Campgaw Mountain Facebook page 

1. The Shortest Drive

The closest to NYC, Campgaw Mountain offers 10 tubing runs to choose from with small bumps and valleys. The mountain isn’t very big, so it’s great for a “get in, get tubing and get out” kind of day. Plus, no bruised bums here —  they require you to lay on your belly on the tube. Campgaw also offers snow tubing birthday parties. Note: little ones must be 42 inches tall to ride, and spaces are limited to 180 per session, so it’s best to get your tickets online in advance.

Drive time from NYC: 45 minutes

Cost: $21-$26 per two-hour session depending on day of the week

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Hours: Mon.-Thur. 2 p.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. 1 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. & holidays: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

200 Campgaw Rd.
Mahwah, Nj
201-327-7800
Online: skicampgaw.com

2. Catskills Coasting

Known for a family-friendly vibe, Holiday Mountain Ski and Fun Park is a small ski resort complete with a brand new “Magic Carpet” lift for easy-on/easy-off.  Because it’s a manageable size, you can often skip the crowds you might find at other tubing spots.   (You can even print a coupon to save on admission.)  Children must be 44 inches tall and a supervising adult will need a valid ID.  They have limited space, so ring them up to make sure you get a spot on the slope.

Drive time from NYC:  90 minutes

Cost: $25 all day on Friday, or two-hour sessions on weekends and holidays

Hours: Fri.-Sun., schedules vary so call ahead

99 Holiday Mountain Rd.
Monticello, Ny
845-796-3161
Online: holidaymtn.com

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photo: via Mountain Creek Facebook page

3. Coming ‘Round the Mountain

Mountain Creek has a whopping 30 snow tubing lanes to keep snow lovers flying down the mountain all day long (but not too fast – there’s age appropriate tubing for those 5 and older). Tubers must be 42 inches tall AND at least 5 years old to ride. Make your reservation online in advance or by phone.

Drive time from NYC: 1 hour and 15 minute drive (Alternatively, take a bus! http://www.mountaincreek.com/resort/parking-directions)

Cost: $30 per two-hour session

Hours: Wed.-Fri. 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., Sun. and holidays 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

200 State Rte. 94
Vernon, Nj
973-827-2000
Online: mountaincreek.com

4. Tandem Tubing

The Pocono Plunge Snow Tubing Park at Shawnee Mountain offers six tubing chutes and two Magic Carpet lifts. Double the fun and go for a tandem tube for parents with little kids under 46 inches. Tickets are available first come, first served.

Drive time from NYC: 90-minutes, or take the Pocono Daytripper bus http://www.shawneemt.com/tickets-passes/ski_bus_trips.html

Cost: $22-$42 depending on day of the week and session length

Hours: Mon.-Thur. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fri. 1 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

401 Hollow Rd.
East Stroudsburg, Pa
570-421-7231
Online: shawneemt.com

5. Three Feet High and Rising

Located in the Hudson Valley, Mount Peter is family-operated and the oldest operating ski area in NY state (founded in 1936 by Macy’s to showcase their winter fashions!)  Now they’ve opened the Little Tikes Tubing Play Area to accommodate tiny tubers as small as 36 inches tall & up.  Youngsters at 42 inches or taller can take a conveyor belt up to slide 600 feet down, and tandem tubing is allowed for guests 36-48 inches with an adult on the big hill. Reservations are encouraged.

Getting there: 90-minute drive or take a day trip on the bus http://mtpeter.com/plan-your-trip/nyc-bus-service

Cost: $25 per 2-hour tubing session; $15 for Little Tikes

Hours: Thurs.-Fri. noon-7 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. and holidays 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

51 Old Mt. Peter Rd.
Warwick, Ny
845-986-4940
Onlinemtpeter.com

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Photo courtesy of Camelback Mountain Resort

6. Go Big or Go Home

Camelback Mountain Resort is the biggest snowtubing park in the country, with up to 42 lanes of tubing, 2 Magic Carpets and both single and double tubes to race your friends and family!  At night you can go Galactic Tubing through a colorful LED light show. Tickets are sold first come, first served and due to the tremendous popularity of this place, the resort recommends arriving an hour before your desired session time. Must be 44 inches tall to tube alone and 33 inches to go with an adult.

Drive time from NYC: 1 hour, 40-minute drive

Cost: $25 for an all-day pass on weekdays, $20-$30 per three-hour session on weekends and holidays

Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. every day

301 Resort Dr.
Tannersville, Pa
570-629-1661
Online: skicamelback.com

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photo: via Fernwood Facebook page

7. Whoa, Nelly!

Located at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, White Lightning Snowtubing at the Fernwood Winter Fun Center offers snowtubing fun and a whole lot more.  Part of the Fernwood Resort, they have a Magic Carpet lift, six lanes on the main hill for tubers 40 inches and taller, plus a Tiny Tot Tube and Play area for little ones 33-40 inches.  During days, tubing slots are two hours long starting on the hour, but evenings are “all you can slide.”  But that’s not all! You can also take your family horseback riding in the snow, or even down zip lines over the trees (weather permitting.)  The resort has a restaurant and other activities, too, with special getaway packages for those combining a stay with their play.

Drive time from NYC: 1 hour, 40-minute drive

Cost: $19-$33 depending on day and time, $10 for the Tiny Tot Play Area

Hours:. Mon., Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Tues. & Wed,) Sat. & holidays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

5785 Milford Rd.
East Stroudsburg, Pa
800-552-5653
Online: poconomountainadventures.com

8. Nipping at Your Poconos

Go West, young people and old alike, for a day of snow tubing fun at Jack Frost Big Boulder.  The first commercial ski resort in PA and the first to use snowmaking, too, Jack Frost and its sister area Big Boulder have years of family funtime under their belt.  And, with tubing sessions running from three hours to all day, you can spend enough time sliding down the hill that everybody will be satisfied.  Jack Frost, the smaller resort, has two cable tows to transport snow tubers uphill, while Big Boulder features two 600-foot conveyor carpets.  The recommended height for tubing here is 42 inches.

Drive time from NYC: 2 hour drive

Cost: $20-$47, depending on day and resort

Hours: Jack Frost, Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.;
Big Boulder, Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. and holidays 10 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Special hours on Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Jack Frost Ski Resort
434 Jack Frost Mountain Rd.
White Haven, Pa

Big Boulder Mountain
357 Big Boulder Dr.
Lake Harmony, Pa
570-443-8425
Online: jfbb.com

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Photo via Raymond A on Yelp

9. Family-Size Fun

Sometimes bigger is better.  Imagine fitting your whole gang on one huge snow tube. You can do that at Blue Mountain Resort, the only tubing park in the Poconos with family-size tubes, which can hold four to six people.  (Plus, you can switch back and forth between single and family-size tubes.) This snowtubing park offers up to 39 lanes, too – think that’s room enough?  Grab a bite at one of the eateries at the bottom of the tubing hill, or check out the Slopeside Pub & Grill for mountaintop views.  The required height for tubing is 36 inches, but there’s no age requirement.  Got an itty-bitty ages six weeks to 5 years not ready for the slopes?  There’s a Childcare Center where they can play while the bigger kids hit the snow ($5/hour per child on weekdays, $10 on weekends.)  Advance tubing tickets are recommended.

Drive time from NYC: 2 hours

Cost: $30-$50, depending on day and 3, 4 or 5 hour session

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 p.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat., Sun. & holidays 8 a.m.-10 p.m


1660 Blue Mountain Dr.
Palmerton, Pa  
610-826-7700
Online: skibluemt.com

10. Tubing the Nutmeg State

Coming from north of the city?  Not far from Westchester County is Woodbury Ski Area.  The largest tubing park in Connecticut, it has 14 Snow tubing trails serviced by two lifts.  That’s close to a mile of tubing trails, all designed in accordance with National Ski Area Association Guidelines.  Food is available at a lodge and a snack bar.  Take note! As of this listing, Woodbury is closed due to drought conditions in the area, but give them a call to find out when the tubing continues and to make reservations.

Drive time from NYC: 2 hour drive

Cost: $34 for a 2 hour session, $42 for 3 hours, plus $10 to rent a mandatory helmet for anyone under 21 years old if you don’t bring one

Hours: Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.&Sun. 9 a.m.- p.m.

785 Washington Rd.
Woodbury, Ct
203-263-2203
Online: woodburyskiarea.com

11. Hunting for Adventure

Hunter Mountain is the largest snow tubing park in New York state with 20-plus chutes nearly 1,000 feet long, a Mini Tubing Park for smaller snow lovers, a snack bar and a fire pit. It’s worth the drive at least once. You must be 33 inches to ride here, which makes it a good spot for tiny tubers, too.  You can even host a tubing birthday party here.

Drive time from NYC: 2 hour, 15-minute drive or take a hop a  bus 

Cost: Two-hour sessions every hour on the hour: $20 per person 42 inches tall & up; 33 inches to 42 inches tall with adult: $30

Hours: Fri. 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

64 Klein Ave.
Hunter, Ny
518-263-4223
Online: huntermtn.com


12. Spring Into Winter

Home of the 10th Annual Pennsylvania Snowshoe Race, Spring Hill Mountain offers 3 ½ – 4 hour tubing sessions for kids six years old, 42 inches tall and able to ride in their own tube.  They also feature a pub and a lodge to refuel, a fire pit to warm your bones and group birthday parties.  Tubing availability is limited, so check the conditions on their website and give them a call before you book your tickets.


Drive time from NYC: 2 hour, 15-minute drive

Cost: $24 on weekdays, $29 on weekends and holidays

Hours:.Mon.-Fri. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Weekends and Holidays: 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

757 Spring Mount Rd.
Spring Mount, Pa
888-305-5044
Online: springmountainadventures.com

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photo: Montage Mountain

 

13. So Many Scenes


So many things to do! Montage Mountain boasts “the longest and fastest lanes in Pennsylvania,” with 10 lanes, including kiddie lanes for  those tubers ages 3-7.  LED lights glow over the slope at night, and you can warm up at a fire pit or have a snack at Johnny Rocket’s Tubing Area Shack.  Tubing sessions are three hours long, and military families get a 20 % discount here.

Drive time from NYC: 2 hour, 15-minute drive

Cost: Mon.-Thurs., $15; Fri.-Sun. and holidays $25

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. noon-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.;
Holidays 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

1000 Montage Mountain Rd.
Scranton, Pa  
855-SKI-SWIM
Online: montagemountainresorts.com

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photo: Windham Mountain Adventure Park

14. THE Place to Do it All

The Windham Mountain Adventure Park is the mac daddy of snow parks! Rocket down a 650-foot snow-covered slope with six lanes of snow tubing or tube family-style and tie together a group of up to six tubes. But there’s more: ice skating, two zip lines, kid-sized snowmobiles, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Grab a hot cocoa in Sliders Café before lacing up those ice skates or relax in the lodge afterwards. This place will keep you entertained all winter long. Tubers must be three years old or 36 inches tall to ride. Tickets are sold on site first come, first served.

Drive time from NYC: 2 hours 30 minutes drive or hop on one of their suggested buses http://www.windhammountain.com/maps-directions/

Cost: $20 for 2 hour session; $25 for 4 hour session; Tubing value pack (Five tickets per 4-hour session)

Hours: Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

19 Resort Dr.
Windham, Ny
800-754-9463
Online: windhammountain.com

feature photo: Montage Mountain Facebook page 

What’s your favorite tubing spot? Tell us in the comments!

 — Gretchen Kunz