Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City

Snow Tubing Mountains for Kids in NY, PA, NJ, Campgaw Mountain, Mountain Creek, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Camelback, Shawnee, Alpine Mountain, Hunter

Even when there's no snow to be found in NYC, or the city's best sledding hills are worn down to the dirt, you'll typically find perfect snow hills for tubing with the kids just a short drive away. 

Sliding down my parents' front lawn is one of my fondest childhood memories, and now our family's winter trek to a nearby snow tubing spot helps to recreate those magical moments. It's a wonderful seasonal activity that unlike skiing requires no skill or gear. Everything you need—a tube, a hill and snow—are provided by the parks. Just dress warmly and you're good to go.

Here are 10 ski resorts in upstate New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania that offer snow tubing, most less than a two-hour drive from Midtown Manhattan. They typically open in January (or earlier when colder temps allow for snow-making), so be sure to click through to the listing to read about today's conditions. You can find more seasonal activities in our Winter Fun Guide or Indoor Play Guide.

Important tips: Many resorts have timed sessions that start on the hour or half hour, meaning you can’t just drop in, especially on weekends. Some require reservations. There are often height, weight and age restrictions, too. Once you choose a resort, be sure to call ahead to confirm the details. Finally, keep in mind that, like all snow sports, there are safety risks when snow tubing; most places require participants to sign a waiver. Waterproof clothing, sunglasses or goggles and helmets are recommended. 

New Jersey

Campgaw Mountain – Mahwah
200 Campgaw Road
About 45 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan.
$18-$26 per two-hour session, depending on day of the week
Open weekday afternoons, and all day on weekends and holidays. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
This tiny ski resort offers 10 tubing runs with two lifts so kids can ride their tubes back up the hill instead of walking. Reserving your session online is recommended. Since it's less than an hour from NYC, you might even be able to squeeze in an after-school visit. Campgaw also offers snow tubing parties for winter birthdays.

Mountain Creek – Vernon
200 Route 94
About 1 hour and 15 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan.
$20 on weekdays, $30 on weekends and holidays per two-hour session
Open Wednesday-Friday 4-9pm; weekends and holidays 10am-9pm.
With 30 chutes, the Drop Zone at Mountain Creek is one of the largest tubing parks in our area. Tubers must be at least 5 years old and 42-inches tall. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially on weekends. Two-hour sessions start every 30 minutes.

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One big advantage of tubing at a resort? The tow lines that lug you effortlessly back to the top of the hill for another run. Photo by Shriram Rajagopalan via Flickr.

New York

Holiday Mountain Ski Area – Monticello 
99 Holiday Mountain Road
About 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan.
$17
Hours vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
This tiny Catskills ski resort offers one lane of tubing. Children must be at least 44 inches tall. Booking in advance is recommended.

Mount Peter – Warwick
51 Old Mt. Peter Road
About 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan.
$25 for a two-hour session
Open weekdays, weekends and nights. Visit the website for complete schedule.
This popular Orange County, New York, ski area has just added tubing for the 2016 season! We haven't been able to check it out yet, but the 600-foot ride and conveyor ride back to the top sound promising. Kids must be at least 42-inches tall and those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are encouraged.

We have a couple of updates on two other New York resorts that we've recommended in the past: The Sawkill Family Ski Center in Kingston, N.Y., closed last season. Tuxedo Ridge in Tuxedo, N.Y., also closed, but hopes to reopen in 2017.

Pennsylvania

Jack Frost – Blakeslee
1 Jack Frost Mountain Road
About 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan.
$25-$27 per three-hour session, $25-$47 for an all-day pass
Hours vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
Tubers can book three-hour sessions or spend the whole day at the mountain. Seven chutes are available, and two tow ropes haul you back up. Jack Frost does not take reservations so entry is first-come, first-served. Kids must be at least 42 inches tall. Single tubes only.

Big Boulder – Lake Harmony
1 South Lake Drive
About 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan.
$25-$27 for a three-hour session, $25-$47 for an all-day pass
Hours vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
A larger operation than its sister resort Jack Frost, Big Boulder features 15 tubing chutes, a conveyor belt for people and two tow ropes for tubes. The resort has done away with family-size tubes, so it's singles only. Kids must be 42 inches tall to slide. For a bargain, try the Sunday Night Special when you can tube from 4pm to 8pm for only $20. Reservations are not accepted.

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Multiple lanes are available for snow tubing at Camelback in the Poconos. Photo courtesy Camelback Resort.

Camelback Mountain Resort – Tannersville
301 Resort Drive
About 1 hour and 40 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan.
$25 for an all-day pass on weekdays, $30-$35 per three-hour session on weekends and holidays
Hours vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
This popular resort says it hosts the largest snow tubing park in the country. It gets crowded on weekends, so arriving early is a must. Tickets are sold first-come, first-served with the first session starting at 9am. The staff recommends arriving an hour before that. Consider Sunday mornings when most visitors are packing up for the drive home. During the week, $25 gets you an all-day session on the 42 lanes using a single or double tube. On weekends, pay $30 for a three-hour session at 9am and $35 per session at 10am and later. Children must be 44 inches tall to tube alone and 33 inches to go with an adult.

Shawnee Mountain – Shawnee on Delaware
I-80 Exit 309, Hollow Road
About 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan.
$22-$42, depending on day of the week and session length
Hours vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
The Pocono Plunge Snowtubing Park at Shawnee offers two- or four-hour sessions. Enjoy seven chutes and two magic carpets to pull you back up the hill. There are a limited number of parent-child tandem tubes for kids under 46 inches. Reservations are not accepted.

Alpine Mountain – Henryville
497 Timber Hill Road
About 1 hour and 40 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan.
$15 all day on Friday, or $25 for two-hour sessions on weekends and holidays
Hours vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
This small resort offers multiple lanes of snow tubing on Friday afternoons and all day Saturday and Sunday. A lift service will deliver you back to the top, so you can conserve your energy for more wintertime fun like a twirl on its outdoor ice skating rink.

Montage Mountain – Scranton
1000 Montage Mountain Road
About 2 hours and 15 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan.
$15 weekdays, $20 weekends and holidays for a three-hour pass
Open weekday afternoons, and all day weekends and holidays. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
Formerly known as Snö Mountain, Pennsylvania's Montage Mountain offers 10 nicely groomed chutes with dips and peaks for extra (fast!) fun. There's also a magic carpet to help you back up the hill. Birthday packages are available and a snack shack next to the tubing area makes this spot particularly kid-friendly.

Top photo: Snow tubing is a family affair at Camelback Resort. Photo courtesy Camelback.  

This post, originally published in January 2010, is updated annually.

location: 
Jack Frost
1 Jack Frost Mountain Road
18610 Blakeslee , PA
Phone: 570-443-8425
41° 5' 6.7056" N, 75° 35' 30.1524" W
Pennsylvania
Big Boulder
1 South Lake Drive
18624 Lake Harmony , PA
Phone: 570-443-8425
41° 3' 34.668" N, 75° 35' 31.1568" W
Pennsylvania
Mountain Creek
200 Route 94
07462 Vernon , NJ
Phone: 973-827-2000
41° 11' 30.012" N, 74° 30' 12.4632" W
New Jersey
Campgaw Mountain
200 Campgaw Road
07430 Mahwah , NJ
Phone: 201-327-7800
41° 3' 35.7192" N, 74° 11' 0.0852" W
New Jersey
Camelback Mountain Resort
1 Camelback Road
18372 Tannersville , PA
Phone: 570-629-1661
41° 3' 16.2936" N, 75° 21' 30.2472" W
Pennsylvania
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
401 Hollow Road
18301 East Stroudsburg , PA
Phone: 570-421-7231
41° 2' 20.9148" N, 75° 4' 55.0632" W
Pennsylvania
Alpine Mountain
780 Creek Road
18302 Stroudsburg , PA
Phone: 570-595-2150
41° 7' 27.1344" N, 75° 13' 49.7028" W
Pennsylvania
Montage Mountain
1000 Montage Mountain Road
18507 Scranton , PA
Phone: 800-468-7669
41° 20' 52.7136" N, 75° 39' 50.0004" W
Pennsylvania
Holiday Mountian Ski & Fun Park
99 Holiday Mountain Road
12701 Monticello , NY
Phone: 845-796-3161
41° 39' 20.3292" N, 74° 41' 21.5808" W
New York