Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City

Where to Snow Tube with Kids in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

When there's no snow to be found in NYC or the city's best sledding hills are worn down to dirt, you still can find perfect hills for snow 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 recreates 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—is provided by the parks. Just dress warmly and you're good to go.

Here are nine ski resorts in upstate New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania that offer snow tubing. Most are less than a two-hour drive from Midtown Manhattan. They typically open in late December or early January depending on the temperature, so be sure to click through to the listing to read about the day's conditions. You can find more seasonal activities in our Winter Fun Guide or Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports 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. Call ahead to the resort of your choice to confirm details. Finally, keep in mind that like all snow sports there are safety risks. 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.
$21-$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 small 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. Because it's less than an hour from NYC, you might be able to squeeze in an after-school visit. Campgaw offers snow tubing parties for winter birthdays.

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Tubing is a family affair at Mountain Creek, one of the largest tubing spots in the NYC area (and the closest).

Mountain Creek – Vernon
200 Route 94
About 1 hour and 15 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan.
$30 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—and one of the closest. Tubers must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall. Tube sharing isn't allowed, so no laps for little ones either. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends. Two-hour sessions start every 30 minutes.

New York

Holiday Mountain Ski Area – Monticello
99 Holiday Mountain Road
About 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan.
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; Little Tikes tubing hill is $15 for tubing-and-snow play session.
Open weekdays, weekends, and nights. Visit the website for complete schedule.
This popular Orange County ski area debuted its tubing hill last season. Enjoy a 600-foot ride down and conveyor ride back to the top. Kids must be at least 42 inches tall and those younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For the under-42-set, there is a Little Tikes tubing hill, with a smaller hill plus an area for kids to play in the powder. Tandem tubing is allowed for guests 36-48 inches with an adult on the big hill. Reservations are encouraged.


Jack Frost – Blakeslee
1 Jack Frost Mountain Road
About 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan.
$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 and only single tubes are allowed. We visited the mountain and adjoining family resort (with water park) last year and had a great time.

Big Boulder – Lake Harmony
1 South Lake Drive
About 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan.
$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 pair of conveyor belts 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 4 to 8pm for only $20. Reservations are not accepted.

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The new galactic tubing at Camelback offers a LED light show come nightfall.

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, which we've visited in the past, including its water park, says it hosts the largest snow tubing park in the country, and it definitely has the longest hours of any spot on our list. Galactic Snowtubing keeps the park open well after dark, filling the sky with an LED light show nightly. There are 42 lanes here, but it gets crowded on weekends; 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 many visitors pack up for the drive home. Children must be 44 inches tall to tube alone and 33 inches to go with an adult.

Montage Mountain – Scranton
1000 Montage Mountain Road
About 2 hours and 15 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan.
$15 weekdays, $25 weekends and holidays
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. A magic carpet helps you back up the hill. Birthday packages are available and a snack shack next to the tubing area makes this spot particularly kid-friendly.

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. There are a limited number of parent-child tandem tubes for kids under 46 inches. Reservations are not accepted.

Editor's note: Alpine Mountain in the Poconos earned our recommendation in years past, but the resort has filed for bankruptcy and is not reopening in 2016-17.

Top photo: Snow tubing at Mountain Creek. Photo courtesy of the resorts. 

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

Jack Frost
1 Jack Frost Mountain Road
18610 Blakeslee , PA
Phone: 570-443-8425
41° 5' 6.7056" N, 75° 35' 30.1524" W
Big Boulder
1 South Lake Drive
18624 Lake Harmony , PA
Phone: 570-443-8425
41° 3' 34.668" N, 75° 35' 31.1568" W
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
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
Montage Mountain
1000 Montage Mountain Road
18507 Scranton , PA
Phone: 800-468-7669
41° 20' 52.7136" N, 75° 39' 50.0004" W
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
Mount Peter
51 Old Mt. Peter Road
10990 Warwick , NY 41° 14' 52.0404" N, 74° 17' 42.6984" W
New York