Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City

Catch a thrill on the snow tubing hills at Mt. Peter.
Catch a thrill on the snow tubing hills at Mt. Peter.

When there's no snow to be found in NYC, or your neighborhood sledding hills are worn down to dirt, you still can find perfect slopes for snow tubing with the kids just a short drive away.

Snow tubing is one of those fun winter activities 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 2-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 winter sports in our Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports Guide.

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Important tips: Many resorts have timed-entry 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 confirm details.

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.

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snow tubing at campgaw mountain Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City
Have a snowy blast at Campgaw Mountain.

Snow Tubing Hills in New Jersey

Campgaw Mountain – Mahwah

200 Campgaw Road
About 45 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
$29–$34 per 2-hour session, depending on the day of the week
Open weekdays, weekends, and holidays; times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
Along with additional safety and cleaning protocols, the tubing entrance has been moved behind the lodge—and if you stay to eat, indoor table use is capped at 15 minutes. (There are outdoor tables as well.) 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.

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Mountain Creek snow tubing Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City
Tubing is a family affair at Mountain Creek, one of the largest tubing spots in the NYC area.

Mountain Creek – Vernon

200 Route 94
About 1 hour, 15 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
$30 per 2-hour session
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. Masks must be worn, and tickets must be purchased in advance. The snow tubing hill is closed Monday-Wednesday.

Snow Tubing Hills in New York

Holiday Mountain Ski Area – Monticello

99 Holiday Mountain Road
About 1 hour, 30 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
$20 per session
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, and there are multiple sessions offered, depending on whether you visit on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Visitors must call to book and buy tickets ahead of time. Masks are required.

Mount Peter – Warwick

51 Old Mt. Peter Road
About 1 hour, 30 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Open Thursdays through Sundays. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
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 on the hill by an adult. For the under-42-inch-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 tall with an adult on the big hill. Tubing sessions last 1 1/2 hours and are available on Thursday and Friday afternoons and all day Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are recommended.

Hunter Mountain – Hunter

64 Klein Avenue
About 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan
Open Fridays-Sundays; visit the website for the complete schedule.
Tubers can book either a single- or double-sized tube for a 2-hour session, depending on height and number of people. Children under 36 inches are not allowed to go tubing. We visited one of its sister resorts in Pennsylvania a couple of years ago and had a great time. Take note: Tickets must be purchased 48 hours in advance of your intended arrival.

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Jack Frost offers multiple snow tubing lanes Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City
Catch some speed at Jack Frost's snow tubing runs.

Where To Go Snow Tubing in Pennsylvania

Roundtop Mountain Resort – Lewisberry

925 Roundtop Road
About 3 hours, 30 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Hours vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
Roundtop Mountain features 10 tubing chutes, a Magic Carpet lift, and a Kiddie Tubing area. Guests must be 42 inches tall to slide on the regular lanes. The resort also has delicious dining options, including an outdoor fire pit seating area.

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Cambelback snowtubing Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City
The galactic tubing at Camelback offers an LED light show come nightfall.

Camelback Mountain Resort – Tannersville

301 Resort Drive
About 1 hour, 40 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Prices vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
This popular resort, which we've visited in the past, including its water park, claims to host the largest snow tubing park in the country, and it definitely has the longest hours of any spot on our list. There are 42 lanes here, with galactic snow tubing keeping the park open well after dark—until 10pm on weekends and during the holiday break—filling the sky with an LED light show nightly. Consider heading here on a Sunday morning 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. Two-hour sessions can be reserved online—they begin at the top of every hour—and are highly recommended for tubing.

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Montage Mountain Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City
Montage Mountain features the fastest snow tubing lanes in Pennsylvania.

Montage Mountain – Scranton

1000 Montage Mountain Road
About 2 hours, 15 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
$30 weekdays, $50 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 nicely groomed chutes with dips and peaks for extra (fast) fun. A magic carpet helps you back up the hill. Each session runs for 2-4 hours, and kids starting at 32 inches tall can check out Kiddie Tubing before graduating to the larger tubing area once they hit 42 inches. LED lighting means the tubing fun extends well into the evening, too. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time. You can find additional requirements and safety protocols online.

Shawnee Mountain – Shawnee on Delaware

About 1 hour, 30 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
$32 on weekdays, $45 on weekends and holidays; hours vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
The Snowtubing Park at Shawnee offers multiple chutes and two magic carpets to pull you back up, which can be enjoyed in 1.5-hour sessions. There are a limited number of parent-child tandem tubes for kids under 46 inches. Ski boots aren’t allowed, so be sure to have another pair of shoes with you. Tubing tickets must be purchased online in advance.

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

Photo courtesy of the mountains/resorts

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