Snow Tubing Near Philly for Winter Family Fun
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10 Great Snow Tubing Destinations 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.
Opening day is December 24, and the folks at Blue Mountain are ready for guests. Geared toward family fun, Blue Mountain offers 34 lanes that are more than 1,000 feet long, making it the largest family snow tubing park in the United States. Three lifts make for easy access to the top of the hill again. Blue Mountain even offers nighttime tubing. Reservations are recommended.
Weather and conditions permitting, opening day at Camelback is December 18. Camelback Mountain is the biggest snow tubing park in the United States. Families can expect 42 tubing lanes and two "magic carpet" lifts, so there is “more tubing, less climbing.” Single or double tubes are available. Riders must be 44 inches tall to ride alone. Riders who are 33 inches to 43 inches tall can ride in a double tube or as part of a chain with a participating adult 18 or older. The three-hour weekend sessions are the most popular: If you can swing a midweek trip you save money and time on the lines. Camelback has a whole range of activities worth checking out during your visit.
Iron Valley Tubing—Lebanon
Take Jack Frost by day Friday to Sunday, and Big Boulder by night and 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.
Montage Mountain—Scranton2020 Update: Enhanced safety measures are in place at this resort. Temperature checks, sanitation every 30 minutes in common areas, and hand sanitizer stations are just some of the extra precautions in place.
Considered among the longest and fastest tracks, Montage Mountain offers snow tubing for children 3 and older. 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 are nonrefundable and sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Military discounts are available. Guests must be 42 inches or taller to use the main tubing park
2020 Update: Guests must wear masks and stay socially distanced from others. To manage crowds, the resort is requiring reservations. Pass holders get priority access. All transactions on site are cashless, so be prepared with credit or debit cards.
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.
Shawnee Mountain—East Stroudsburg
Shawnee Mountain opens to guests December 19. 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. Tandem tubes are for one adult and one child under 46 inches tall and limited quantities are available.
White Lightning—East Stroudsburg
This post was updated in December 2020 with additional reporting by writer Kristen Sullivan.
Places featured in this article:
Jack Frost and Big Boulder Moutain
Montage Mountain Resorts
Roundtop Mountain Resort
Iron Valley Tubing
Whitetail Ski Resort
White Lightning at Fernwood