There’s so much to love about snowtubing in the winter. It’s easy, relatively inexpensive and an activity almost anyone in the family can hop into without buying expensive gear or athletic skill. These nearby mountains offer tubing fun all winter, so bundle up and head outside for some fresh air and speedy fun. Make sure to reserve in advance, especially on weekends, since this popular activity books up fast. Most mountains open mid-December and run through spring, depending on the weather. Call ahead to confirm dates and prices.
301 Resort Dr., Tannersville, PA
Head down the mountain during the day or at night with Galactic snowtubing. After dark, this biggest snowtubing park in the U.S. has music playing and lanes lit with disco lights. More than 40 lanes allow guests to speed down the mountain in a big inflatable tube. The bonus of tubing are the Magic Carpets which bring you back up to the top of the mountain while you kick back and relax. All riders must have a valid snowtubing lift ticket, and must be 33 inches tall (any age is allowed as long as they meet the height requirement). Tickets are for 2-hour sessions, and riders under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Riders under 44 inches tall must ride with an adult. Ticket prices vary by date, and discounts are available if you pair with an overnight stay at Camelback Resort Lodge.
200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah
This close-to-home spot is an easy trip for a day of fun-filled adventure. Plus, it’s way easier than sledding, since guests sit in their tubes and glide back up the mountain on surface lifts. There are different levels of intensity (think steepness and bumps). Kids must be 42 inches tall to ride and are required to tube alone and on their stomachs. Tickets for 2-hour sessions are $29-34 depending on the day and time you go.
99 Holiday Mountain Rd., Monticello, NY
This one straightaway lane nestled in the Catskills is great for beginners and gives little ones an intro to tubing with gentle hills and slopes. But book this one online in advance because they are only open for limited weekend sessions. Tickets are $20 per person. Kids must be 44 inches tall to ride. Check the website for session dates and times.
64 Klein Ave., Hunter, NY
This nearly 1,000-foot-long tubing hill is perfect for your little speed demons. One of the biggest in New York, racers can streak down the mountain and glide back to the top on a Magic Carpet lift. Tubing only runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Rent a single tube for $25/session for riders over 44 inches, or a double tube for $35 for an adult and child between 36 and 44 inches. Children under 36” aren’t permitted to go tubing, and tickets must be purchased in advance.
123 Rte. 94, Vernon
Whether or not you’re staying at nearby Crystal Springs Resort, this convenient North Jersey mountain is packed with options for skiing, boarding and even SNOGO riding (like little bikes with skis on them that cruise down a mountain). But if you opt for the laid-back tubing route, kids must be at least 42 inches tall and five years old to fly down the hills as all tubes are single rider. Open Wednesday to Friday from 4 pm-8 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-8 pm, two-hour sessions, are $30/person, advance registration is required.
51 Old Mt. Peter Rd., Warwick, NY
This 600-foot tubing run will give you and the kids a speedy thrill, and the lift will take you back up to the top. One-and-a half-hour sessions start at $30 depending on the day of the week, and riders must be over 42” to ride single. Tubers 36” to 48” can ride tandem with a paying adult. Independent kiddos under 42” can try the Little Tikes Tubing Area, a winter wonderland with a kid-size tubing hill. Little Tikes tickets start at $20 depending on the day. Book in advance, the park is open Thursday-Sunday.
401 Hollow Rd., East Stroudsburg, PA
The Pocono Mountain park has single tubes for anyone over 46” or adult and child tandem tubes for you to share with smaller kiddos. Shawnee Mountain recommends children be older than 5 to go tubing. There’s no in-person ticketing at the mountain, so make sure to book online in advance. One-and-a-half-hour sessions are $32 on a weekday and $45 on a weekend or holiday.