Looking for a fun outdoor activity to do with the kids this winter? Our suggestion: kick cabin fever to the curb and embrace the season with a snow tubing excursion with the kids. No skill or expensive gear is needed, and there are plenty of places to go snow tubing near NYC, whether you want a day outing or an overnight trip. Here are over a dozen spots to slip and slide in the snow!
Snow Tubing Tips for 2021: A Must Read!
Many ski areas and resorts are open and offering snow tubing, but be advised:
• Most require purchasing tickets for specific time slots ahead of time, online. Plan ahead and purchase early; days and times sell out quickly.
• Bring your mask and expect to social distance to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
• Fill out the required waiver beforehand. You can find these on ski areas' websites.
• Like all snow sports, the weather affects tubing conditions. Give the parks a call to confirm they are fully operational and open. Many also post snow conditions online.
1. The Shortest Drive: Campgaw Mountain
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 ahead of time. Tickets are released six days in advance.
Drive time from NYC: 45 minutes
Cost: $24-28 per two-hour session depending on day of the week
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.
2. Catskills Coasting: Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park
Known for a family-friendly vibe, Holiday Mountain Ski and Fun Park is a small ski resort complete with a “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.)
Book tickets in advance by calling 845-796-3161. Face masks are required here. Children must be 44 inches tall and a supervising adult will need a valid ID. They have limited space, so call them 845-796-3161 to book your spot on the slope.
Drive time from NYC: 90 minutes
Cost: $20 per two-hour session
Hours: Fri.-Sun., schedules vary so call ahead
99 Holiday Mountain Rd.
3. Coming ‘Round the Mountain: Mountain Creek
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).
You must wear a mask and gloves, and tubers must be 42 inches tall AND at least 5 years old to ride. you must make your reservation online in advance or by phone. Read all Covid-19 safety policies here.
Drive time from NYC: 1 hour and 15 minute drive
Cost: $30 per two-hour session
Hours: Hours for January are to be determine. Check here for update.
200 State Rte. 94
4. Tandem Tubing: Snow Tubing at Shawnee Mountain
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. (Tubing not recommended for kids under five.)
Tickets are available first come, first served and you must buy tickets in advance online.
Drive time from NYC: 90-minutes
Cost: $30-$45 depending on day of the week and session length
Hours: Hours vary on weekdays; weekends 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
401 Hollow Rd.
East Stroudsburg, PA
5. Three Feet High and Rising: Mount Peter
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!)
Got younger kids? Head here for 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.
Getting there: 90-minute drive.
Cost: $35 holidays and weekends; $30 weekdays; Little Tykes: $25 holidays and weekends; $20 weekdays
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.
6. Go Big or Go Home: Camelback Mountain
Camelback Mountain Resort is the biggest snowtubing park in the country, with over 40 lanes of tubing, two 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. (Camelback is also home to massive indoor water park Aquatopia, and you can spend the night if you need to squeeze in more family fun.)
You must be 44 inches tall to tube alone and 33 inches to go with an adult. Sessions are two hours long and begin every hour on the hour. 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.
Drive time from NYC: 1 hour, 40-minute drive
Cost: $60, for a two-hour session; sessions start every hour on the hour
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., Noon- 8 p.m.; Fri., Noon-10 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
301 Resort Dr.
7. Nipping at Your Poconos: Jack Frost Big Boulder
***Editor's Note: Snow tubing at Jack Frost Big Boulder opens in February.***
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 fun time 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. For the bargain rate, tube on a non-holiday weekend Sunday from 4-8 p.m. at Big Boulder for $20.
Drive time from NYC: 2 hour drive
Cost: $25-$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.
Jack Frost Ski Resort
434 Jack Frost Mountain Rd.
White Haven, PA
Big Boulder Mountain
357 Big Boulder Dr.
Lake Harmony, PA
8. For Tubing with a Side of Babysitting: Blue Mountain
This snow tubing park offers up to 34 lanes, three lifts, and 1,000 feet of track, and claims to have the fastest and longest snow tubing in the state!
The required height for tubing is 36 inches, but there’s no age requirement. Tickets are sold for three-hour slots, and you must purchase tickets in advance. Do that here.
Drive time from NYC: 2 hours
Cost: $22-49, depending on day and time
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 5-9 p.m., Fri.- Sun. & select holidays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
1660 Blue Mountain Dr.
9. Hunting for Adventure: Hunter Mountain
Editor's Note: ***An opening date for the 2021 snow tubing season at Hunter Mountain is yet to be determined.***
Hunter Mountain offers tubers 20-plus chutes nearly 1,000 feet long, and a Mini Tubing Park for smaller snow lovers. You must be 36 inches to ride here, which makes it a good spot for tiny tubers.
Face masks are required. Sessions are two hours long and start every hour on the hour, and Hunter is open Fri.-Mon. with extended hours on select holiday weekends.
Drive time from NYC: 2 hour, 15-minutes
Cost: $25/person 42 inches tall & up; $35 for kids 36 inches to 42 inches tall with adult
Hours: Sessions starting 5-6:30 p.m.; Sat., sessions starting 10 a.m - 6 p.m., Sun., sessions starting 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
64 Klein Ave.
10. So Many Scenes: Montage Mountain
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, or 32 to 41 inches tall. LED lights glow over the slope at night, and you can warm up at a fire pit if you like.
Tubing sessions are four hours long on weekdays, and two hours long on weekends and holidays. and Check conditions here to see what's up and operating.
Drive time from NYC: 2 hour, 15-minutes
Cost: Mon.-Thurs., $30; Fri.-Sun. and holidays $30-$50 depending on time slot. Military families get a 20 % discount here.
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.
11. The Place to Do it All: The Windham Mountain Adventure Park
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. (Then enjoy an easy ride back via the conveyor lift.) But there’s more: ice skating, two zip lines, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. This place will keep you entertained all winter long.
There are no height or age requirements here: "Just as long as you’re tall enough to get in and out, and sit up in the tube." Fac masks and social distancing are required and enforced here.
Drive time from NYC: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cost: $25 for a three-hour session, with sessions beginning on a rolling basis with your purchase. Tickets are sold on site first come, first served.
feature image: Camelback Resort