9 Spots for Snow Tubing Near Boston
What's easier than skiing, more thrilling than sledding, and a wicked big deal here in the Boston area? We're talking about tubing, in which kids (and adventurous parents) can launch down a well groomed trail in a soft-sided innertube, maximizing both comfort and pure, giggle-inducing speed at once. What we love most about tubing is how pretty much everyone, from little kids to grown-ups, enjoy it. For a low-stress, relatively low-cost family day that will earn you major points with the kiddos, check out one of these tubing parks, all within (or in a few cases, around) a two-hour drive of Boston.
1. Nashoba Valley’s Snow Tubing Park—Westford
Luckily, an hour (or less) drive from Boston lands you in the largest tubing park in New England, with as many as 18 lanes available and more than 600 snow tubes on site. An easy tow-handle lift brings you to the top of the hill, where you can decide which lane you’d like to try. Don’t worry about making a wrong decision. Tickets are good for two hours, so you and the kids can try them all. Note, only one person is allowed per tube. The tubing park has an on-site lodge with a snack bar where you can take a break and warm up.
Age/height requirements: 6 years or 42 inches tall
2. New England Sports Park—Amesbury
This sports park offers 1,000 tubes and many lanes of groomed snow for downhill thrills. The park features a standing conveyor belt to help you up the hills and a lodge for warming up and snacks. Most tubing parks have an age restriction of six and up, but here kids as young as four can tube, as long as they wear a helmet and go with an adult. Helmets can be rented for $2.
Age/height requirements: 4 years
You'll find plenty of room to glide among the 18 lanes at Nashoba. Photo courtesy of Nashoba Valley Ski Area
3. Ski Ward—Shewsbury
With eight lanes, 200 tubes, and two lifts, snow tubing at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury is a blast. For an extra thrill—one that kids especially like—go at night. By the way, the end of winter doesn’t mean the end of tubing. Ski Ward also offers summer tubing.
Age/height requirements: 6 years and 42 inches tall
4. Berkshire East—Charlemont
Beastly Tubing Park isn't huge, with just three lanes, but the 450-foot runs are definitely a thrill. A magic carpet easily gets you up the hill, a major plus when pulling a tube. This mountain has a one person per tube policy, so prepare your kiddos in advance. And a visit to Berkshire East, which also features skiing and boarding in the wintertime, is supporting renewable energy: It's the only ski area in the world to generate 100% of its electricity from onsite renewable energy.
Age/height requirements: 42 inches tall
5. Ski Butternut—Great Barrington
Offering up 200 tubes, 14 lanes, and a magic carpet to transport you to the top, this mountain is a full service operation. They even guarantee 100% snow-making coverage so that there is snow when your own backyard doesn't have it! Must be able to ride in a tube by yourself, only single tubes available.
Age/height requirements: none
6. McIntyre Ski Area—Manchester, NH
This hill just an hour from Boston is serious about tubing. A conveyor carpet easily ferries tubers up to the top of the hill, where there are 8 tubing lanes and plenty of grooming machines for a smooth ride, one person per tube only.
Age/height requirements: 5 years and 44 inches tall
Loon has regular tubing lanes and also a tots-only section. Photo courtesy of Loon Mountain
7. Pats Peak—Henniker, NH
So popular is tubing here in Henniker that sessions sometimes fill up, so make reservations ahead to hit the hill, which is 85 feet wide and 600 feet long. Or, go at 5pm on Saturday for no-reservations POP Tubing, when there's music and lights, too.
Age/height requirements: 5 years and 44 inches tall
8. Loon Mountain—Lincoln, NH
Part of the reason this is one of our favorite family ski mountains in New England is its tubing park, which is a great way to keep kids who are too young or not so excited about skiing or boarding entertained. A special feature here is a separate tot tubing area, where little ones can tube without worrying about big kids or teens crashing into them. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Age/height requirements: For big tubing hill: 8 years and 48 inches tall; tot tubing: anyone under 50 pounds (parental supervision required)
9. Granite Gorge—Keene, NH
A drive just shy of two hours will get you to this rocking snow tubing park. Boasting a full mountain sound system, you can listen to some tunes while coasting down the slopes. With three double wide lanes, double person tubes as well as minis for the little ones, and lighting for night rides, this mountain is a magnet for families. They even allow passengers to link tubes, a hard "no" at many other parks.
Age/height requirements: 5 years and 42 inches tall
10. Seacoast Adventure—Windham, ME
A little over a two hours drive north will bring you to Maine's largest snow tubing facility. Seacoast Adventure has a sound system to blast out fun music and lights so the tubing fun continues into the night. With a dozen lanes and a magic carpet to take you to the top, this place is popular and tickets can sell out, so buy ahead online. Along with tubing fun, there are also fire pits, hot cocoa, and a pub to grab a bite and warm up in.
Age/height requirements: 36'' to ride with an adult; 48" to ride alone
Originally published in 2018; updated by Caitlin Dowling in 2019