Best Snow Tubing Spots Near Washington, DC
Remember the thrill of sledding down a giant hill as a kid with the wind whipping in your hair and your toes turning to icicles? You can recreate that magical winter fun for your kids at these 10 great snow tubing destinations within a few hours’ drive of DC.
When the snow in your neighborhood just looks like slush, head to the mountains for fresh powder and bigger thrills. Unlike skiing or snowboarding, there’s no skill required for tubing so it’s the perfect introduction to winter sports for kids. Even toddlers can tube at some of these locations. Be sure to check out our guide to skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports for more wintry adventures.
If your family is able to travel, consider snow tubing at these other locations near Philadelphia.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are new regulations in place at all of these resorts. Please check the website or call the location for the latest COVID updates. Note that Pennsylvania currently has travel restrictions in place if you are traveling from out of state. Visitors must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering the state or quarantine for 10 days upon entry to Pennsylvania.
While we try to promote safe activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, keep your family and others safe by wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.
The Best Snow Tubing Destinations Near Washington, DC
Bryce Resort—Basye, Virginia
Bryce Resort has three 800-foot tubing lanes where you can tube for 90 minutes per session. Children must be 36 inches tall and at least 4 years of age to ride. All tubers must be able to get in and out of the tube quickly. The tubing lanes are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and holidays.
2020 update: Sessions start every half hour. A maximum of 40 tickets will be sold per half hour for 90-minute sessions to allow for social distancing. Face masks are required at all times for anyone over the age of 5. Social distancing will be enforced on the lift and on the tubing hill.
Canaan Valley Resort—Davis, West Virginia
At 1,200 feet long, the tube runs at Canaan Valley Resort are some of the longest in the region. Luckily, there’s a magic carpet lift to carry you back up after each tubing run. Sessions are two hours long. Tubers must be at least 42 inches tall, 4 years old, and able to ride by themselves. The tube park is open seven days a week.
2020 update: Masks must be worn at all times indoors and physical distancing is required. Family and friend groups should ride together on lifts. Snow tubing passes are available for purchase online.
Heritage Hills Resort—York, Pennsylvania
The Avalanche Xpress tubing hill at Heritage Hills Resort has10 tubing lanes open seven days a week. There are unlimited tubing passes available for children ages 5 and up and separately for those ages 4 and under. There is no age requirement, but anyone tubing must be in their own tube and must be able to get in and out of the tube by themselves. For younger tubers, parents can hold on to their tube and go down together, but your child does need to be able to get in and out of the tube by themselves. You can also purchase a night pass from 8 pm to 10 pm. It’s recommended that you fill out the tubing waiver online in advance.
2020 update: Masks are required for all visitors ages 2 and older when indoors, and outdoors when unable to socially distance. Tickets are available for purchase online.
Liberty Mountain Resort—Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania
Just a one-hour drive from DC, Liberty Mountain Resort is the closest place to hit the slopes. You can purchase a two-hour tubing session for its larger slope at Boulder Ridge for ages 5+. Toddlers ages 2 –4 can tube at the Pebble Ridge Kiddie Tubing area. Unlimited kiddie tubing rides are just $9 per child. The tubing park is open from Thursday to Sunday.
2020 update: Face coverings are required for all visitors ages 3 and older to access the mountain, in all indoor spaces, in any line, in chair lifts and gondolas, and whenever you are unable to maintain physical distance. Tubing tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit and all transactions at the resort are cashless.
Massanutten Resort—Massanutten, Virginia
The tubing hill at Massanutten features up to 16 lanes that are 900 feet in length and offer a drop of 120 vertical feet. Two conveyor lifts are open to help get you back up the hill. When conditions are right, you can link up with friends and ride down together. New for the 2021 season, Massanutten is offering “Northern Lights Tubing” — after dark, you can ride down the tubing hill to the glow of neon lights and pumping music. Children must be at least 36 inches tall to tube and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Younger tubers are encouraged to ride during a midday session when conditions tend to make the ride slower. The tubing park is open seven days a week for 90-minute tubing sessions.
2020 update: In order to limit crowds, tubing tickets must be purchased online in advance and capacity is reduced. Face masks are required for snow tubers ages 5 and up visiting our park including in ticket lines, lift queue lines, and while tubing. The tubing observation area will not be open to guests without a ticket due to distancing requirements and space constraints.
Roundtop Mountain Resort—Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
Roundtop Resort offers two-hour tubing sessions over its 10 large lanes with 800-foot runs and 80-foot vertical drops. Once you go down the hill, a magic carpet lift takes you back to the top. Kids must be 5 or older to ride the large hills. There is a special kiddie area for children ages 4 and younger, featuring kid-sized tubes. Parents must supervise in the kiddie tubing area, but are not allowed to ride. The mountain is open for tubing on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and holidays.
2020 update: Masks are required for all visitors ages 3 and older to access the mountain, in all indoor spaces, in any line, in chair lifts and gondolas, and whenever you are unable to maintain physical distance. Tubing tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit and all transactions at the resort are cashless.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort—Champion, Pennsylvania
Seven Springs Resort has 11 tubing lanes. Children must be at least 4 years old to tube and children ages 4 to 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Snow tubing is open seven days a week for two-hour sessions.
2020 update: Masks are required for all visitors ages 2 and older when indoors, and outdoors when unable to maintain 6 feet of distance, including when in lift lines. All lines and conveyors will have signage and markings to help maintain six feet spacing. All tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit.
Whitetail Resort —Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
Two-hour tubing sessions are available on Whitetail’s large tubing run for ages 5 and up. There is a special kiddie tubing run for ages 2-4. All tubers must read and sign a release form, and a parent’s signature is required for tubers under age 18. The tubing park is open Friday-Sunday.
2020 update: Masks must be worn indoors, on lifts, and whenever you are unable to maintain physical distance. Tubing tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit and reservations are limited to ensure guests can maintain distance. All purchases at the resort are cashless.
Wintergreen Resort—Wintergreen, Virgina
The Plunge Tubing Park at Wintergreen Resort is the largest in Virginia, and you can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. It’s recommended for children ages 6 and up and children must be at least 42 inches tall. For younger kids, there are small tubing hills at Ridgely’s Fun Park designed for those ages 3 and up. Sessions are 90 minutes and the tubing park is open Wednesdays through Sundays. The tubing park is not open yet for the 2020-2021 winter season, but it does plan to open this year.
2020 update: Masks are required at all times indoors and while waiting for, loading, riding and unloading any chair lift. Tubing tickets must be purchased online in advance. Tickets are made available each Sunday morning for the following week. Ridgely’s Fun Park is closed for this season.
You can even enjoy night tubing at Wisp Resort. Photo courtesy of the resort
Wisp Resort—McHenry, Maryland
There are 12 tube shoots, each 750 feet long, at Wisp Resort, and two conveyor carpets to carry you back up the mountain. Children must be at least 4 years old and 42 inches tall to ride. Snow tubing is open Thursdays through Sunday.
2020 update: Masks are required for everyone ages 5 and older indoors or outdoors when social distancing is not possible. For snow tubing, a mask must be worn while on the tubing hill and riding the tube. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.