Snow Tubing Near Philadelphia for Winter Family Fun
Just a quick trip from the city and suburbs...and families can enjoy the adventure of snow tubing down carefully crafted lanes. Winter fun hardly gets more exciting than this, so we've rounded up 10 of our favorite places to go snow tubing near Philadelphia. From the Lehigh Valley to the Poconos, these spots are packed with cold-weather family fun.
As a kid, my snow tubing experiences consisted of my dad pulling snow tubes behind his 4-wheeler near our house. Safety standards have changed in the Philly area since the 1980s, so now we don’t have to resort to such creative measures. However, guests should expect COVID-19 regulations, depending on the mountain. Before you go, check the website for any updated restrictions.
Where to Go Snow Tubing Near Philly
Bear Creek—Lehigh Valley
In what might be the closest location to Philadelphia city limits, head to Bear Creek for a simple, but fun snow tubing outing. This spot only offers single-rider tubes. Note: Participants must be at least 6 years old and 42 inches tall. This year, Bear Creek has implemented a program called Ever Strong. The plan focuses on four pillars to keep guests safe: physical distancing, cleanliness, active monitoring, and rapid response. Tickets should be purchased online. Indoor dining is available.
Blue Mountain Snow Tubing Park is home to the longest and fastest lanes in Pennsylvania. The resort has expanded its snow tubing park to 46 lanes, making it the largest snow tubing park in the country. Each lane is over 1,000 feet long, and a third carpet lift for tubing fun is being added. 12 lanes will open the day after Christmas, with the rest opening later in the season. The park is serviced by three lifts, and tubers can choose between a single or double tube to enjoy the sport with a friend, maybe for some friendly competition. Guests must be 36" or taller to go snow tubing at Blue Mountain Resort. No mask requirements are currently in place. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Enjoy all 44 lanes of snow tubing at Camelback Mountain. Photo courtesy of Camelback
If you're looking for a night of fun, the all-lit nighttime after-dark experience, Galactic tubing, is back again this year. It’s a slope side tubing party complete with music, disco lighting, up to 44 lightning-fast lanes, and two magic carpet lifts. Riders must be 44 inches tall to ride alone. Riders who are 33 to 43 inches tall can ride in a double tube or as part of a chain with a participating adult 18 or older. For those who work up an appetite, check out the Meatball Mayhem food truck hitched to a Tap Bar beverage trailer serving soups, sandwiches, and beer on draft beers. Fully vaccinated guests don't have to wear face coverings. Per CDC guidelines it is recommended that unvaccinated guests wear face coverings indoors.
Iron Valley Tubing—Lebanon
Children must be 40 inches or taller to use the large tube run at Iron Valley. Once down the hill, two tow lifts pull tubers and tubes back to the top. This spot has a separate kids' hill that features four lanes and is especially good for beginners. Adults are not allowed to ride on the kids' hill. The location plans a post-Christmas opening in 2021. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.
Jack Frost and Big Boulder—White Haven
Visit Jack Frost in the daytime Friday to Sunday, and Big Boulder at night and on weekdays with these two resorts in one. Sessions are two hours long and available at set times. Guests can expect two 600-foot conveyor carpets to transport snow tubers up at Big Boulder, while Jack Frost has two cable tows. Participants should be 42 inches tall. Each tube holds only a single rider and no lap sitting is permitted. Face coverings aren't required outdoors but are still required inside. Proof of vaccination is required for indoor cafeteria-style dining in the main lodge areas. No vaccine is required for full-service seated dining. Guests are encouraged to purchase all tickets online in advance; all transactions are cashless.
Montage Mountain aims to open its snow tubing park by Christmas. Considered among the longest and fastest tracks, the mountain offers snow tubing for children based on height, not age. Guests must be 42 inches or taller to use the main tubing park. There are 10 lanes and conveyer belts to lift guests back to the top quickly. Open seven days a week, Montage Mountain offers three-hour tubing sessions. Tickets can be purchased online or in person. Military discounts are available, and indoor dining is open. To keep guests safe, Montage has extended its restaurant out into the lodge to provide more space for social distancing.
This spot in Union County offers 10 large lanes with 800-foot runs and 80-foot vertical drops. Once you go down the hill, a "magic carpet" takes you back to the top. There is a special kiddie area for children ages 4 and younger, featuring kid-sized tubes. Moms and dads aren't able to tube in this area as it is only for little ones. The mountain is open for tubing on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Masks are required indoors. The resort recommends purchasing tickets online in advance. If you decide to purchase onsite, all transactions are cashless, so be prepared with credit or debit cards.
Sail down Shawnee Mountain in a single tube or a tandem tube to double the fun. Photo courtesy of Shawnee Mountain
Shawnee Mountain—East Stroudsburg
Shawnee Mountain tentatively opens for snow tubing on December 11, as long as mother nature cooperates. The Pocono Plunge snow tubing park features single tubes as well as adult and child tandem tubes with two conveyor lifts to whisk you to the top. The age recommendation for the snow tubing park is age 5 and older. Tandem tubes are for one adult and one child under 46 inches tall. When you're done tubing, there's a fun food truck waiting outside, filled with kid-friendly options like macaroni and cheese, Belgian waffles, and tacos. All indoor staff will wear masks, and guests are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks indoors. All indoor dining has re-opened this year. Tickets will only be sold online.
White Lightning—East Stroudsburg
While kids must be 42 inches tall to tube the large runs at Whitetail, there is a special kiddie run for children ages 2-4. Sessions are two hours in duration and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended to print out the release from the website in advance to save time. Tubing is available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.
This post was updated in December 2021 with additional reporting by writer Erica Velander.