Snow Tubing for Connecticut Kids and Families

Head over the border to Rhode Island for skiing, riding, and snow tubing. Photo courtesy of Yawgoo Valley Snow Tubing Park
Head over the border to Rhode Island for skiing, riding, and snow tubing. Photo courtesy of Yawgoo Valley Snow Tubing Park

Skiing, sledding, and snow tubing are quite popular during the winter months. While New Englanders may get tired of shoveling snow, they never get tired of playing in it. At these snow tubing parks in (or near) Connecticut, kids and adventurous parents can fly down a well-groomed trail in a soft-sided inner tube. Most locations offer a generous time-slot and reservations are encouraged. 

For other ways to enjoy the snow, check out our list of 25 Winter Activities with Kids or our list of Best Snow Games Besides Snowmen and Sledding. Our Connecticut Winter Fun Guide can always be relied on to get kids off their devices and families out in the fresh winter air.

2021 note: Due to the fluctuating nature of COVID-19, businesses listed below could change their hours or policies at any time, so be sure to contact attractions and venues before heading out. 

Snow Tubing in Connecticut

Snow Tubing at Power Ridge Mountain Park and Resort—Middlefield

Powder Ridge is an ideal destination for anyone looking for some mountain top thrills. Tubes and helmets (required here) are included with park pass purchase. However, no tube sharing is allowed. It's a long way down each of the 12 tubing lanes, but a magic carpet will bring you back to the top and slope lights help take the fun into the night. The Ridge offers 1 hour and 45-minute passes, and reservations are strongly recommended as they often sell out. Bonus: "Interstellar Nights" light up the lanes with neon and music.
Age/height requirements: None

There are 12 tubing lanes at Powder Ridge Park. Photo courtesy of the venue

Mohawk Mountain—Cornwall

Keep checking the weather forecast and purchase passes for tubing at Mohawk Mountain starting December 26. The facility plans to open Thursday through Sunday weekly, provided nature cooperates. Passes are offered for 1 hour 45-minute sessions, and tubes must be rented. All tubers must sign a waiver and must be able to carry their own tube. Read their full list of FAQs for more details.
Age/height requirements: Must be 42 inches tall

Did you know snowmaking was invented at Mohawk Mountain? Photo courtesy of the resort

Snow Tubing Near Connecticut

Ski Butternut—Great Barrington, MA

Like most snow destinations, Ski Butternut hopes the temperature will dip so they can open in December for tubing. Located only 15 miles from the Connecticut border in North Canaan, the drive isn't too bad for 200 tubes, 11 lanes, and a magic carpet to transport you to the top. The facility even guarantees 100% snowmaking coverage. Participants must be able to ride in a tube by themselves, and only single tubes are available. A release of liability form is required. 
Age/height requirements: Recommended for ages 5 and over

These 7 carved lanes are just over the Rhode Island border. Photo courtesy of Yawgoo Valley 

Yawgoo Valley Snow Tubing Park — Exeter, RI

If you live in the eastern part of the state, Yawgoo Valley is only about 45 minutes away (1 hour and 15 minutes from Hartford). Tubing is available only Fridays through Sundays (with extra hours during holidays or school vacations, weather permitting). Reservations are encouraged for each 90-minute session. Participants must provide a signed waver and ride alone. Helmets are not required, but guests are welcome to bring their own. Don't feel like zipping down one of the 7 carved lanes? Grab a seat at a table inside the park lodge, and watch the action over a hot chocolate. 
Age/height requirements: Must be 42 inches tall

Photo courtesy of Campgaw Mountain

Campgaw Mountain — Mahway, NJ

For residents of the western part of the state, crossing the border into New Jersey will offer daily opportunities for day and night snow tubing. Campgaw is located 35 miles west of Greenwich, and just about a 1-hour drive from Danbury. It features 17 tubing lanes, a magic carpet lift, and snowmaking capabilities. Tubes are included in tickets for 2-hour time slots. Guests must ride alone, and provide a signed waver. Sessions are offered in evenings on Friday through Sunday, and online reservations are highly recommended. Tickets go on sale 6 days in advance of a date.
Age/height requirements: Must be 42 inches tall



Updated 12-5-2021

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