7 Spots for Snow Tubing Near Boston

Snowtubing in Massachusetts and New Hampshire
New England's largest tubing park is less than an hour from Boston. Photo courtesy of Nashoba Valley Ski Area

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, relative low-cost family day that will earn you major points with the kiddos, check out one of these tubing parks, all within (or in two 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. 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. 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. 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. 
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

6. 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

7. 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.
Age/height requirements: For big tubing hill: 8 years and 48 inches tall; tot tubing: anyone under 50 pounds (parental supervision required)

 

 

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Amesbury Sports Park
12 S. Hunt Road
Amesbury , MA 42° 50' 12.0156" N, 70° 56' 43.3428" W
Massachusetts
Ski Ward
1000 Main Street
Shrewsbury , MA 42° 18' 11.6568" N, 71° 40' 54.9696" W
Massachusetts
Nashoba Valley Snow Tube Park
179 Great Road
Littleton , MA 42° 32' 21.1308" N, 71° 27' 29.142" W
Massachusetts
Berskshire East
66 Thunder Mountain Road
01339 Charlemont , MA 42° 37' 15.4596" N, 72° 52' 37.2756" W
Massachusetts
McIntyre Ski Area
50 Chalet Way
03104 Manchester , MA 43° 0' 23.7384" N, 71° 26' 29.9652" W
Massachusetts
Pats Peak
686 Flanders Road
03242 Henniker , NH 43° 9' 38.412" N, 71° 47' 44.5848" W
New Hampshire
Loon Mountain
60 Loon Mountain Road
03251 Lincoln , NH 44° 3' 23.5404" N, 71° 37' 46.4736" W
New Hampshire