Whether there’s snow or not, when winter hits we just want to have some fun in the snow! And there’s nothing more fun then snow tubing in the winter! And it’s fun the whole family can have together, yes…even the little ones!
The DC metropolitan and surrounding areas offer lots of the best snow tubing for families and here we’ll look at the best snow tubing options so you can set out to make some new wintertime family memories.
Best Snow Tubing Near DC
If you’re finding yourself (or your kids!) with a sled but no snow, it may just be time to head to one of the ski resorts near DC for a family-fun snow tubing experience!
If you’re going with little ones, many of the snow tubing venues have special kiddie hills designated for the smaller crowd. You’ll even find some smaller tubes for them.
Below you’ll find age and height restrictions so you can book the best option for your family or group.
Here you’ll find some of the best snow tubing in Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.
You’ll want to consider:
- When you want to go (weekday, weekend, holiday)
- How long you want to go for
- How far you are willing to drive
- Age and height restrictions for your group
- If you’d like to participate in other winter activities too (many resorts offer more than just snow tubing)
What to Bring Snow Tubing
Before you leave home, make sure you pack the following for each member of your group:
- Waterproof gloves
- Hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof)
- Extra layers
- An extra pair (or two!) of socks
- Snow or winter jacket
- Sunglasses (on a sunny day, the white snow is be very bright!)
- Food and snacks (unless you want to eat at the resort or nearby)
Snow Tubing in Virginia
#1 Bryce Resort
Address: 1982 Fairway Dr, Basye, VA 22810
Distance from DC: 2 hours
Tickets for snow tubing at Bryce Resort are for 90-minute sessions.
If you’re taking kids, keep in mind children must be 36″ tall and at least 4 years old in order to go snow tubing.
Like other resorts, they also have a conveyor belt that will take you to the top of each hill but some walking will still be required.
Hours are different throughout the week:
- Monday-Friday 11am – 12 pm
- Saturday, Sunday 9am – 1:30pm
- Holiday hours tend to be more crowded.
#2 Massanutten Resort
Address: 1822 Resort Dr, Massanutten, VA 22840
Distance from DC: 2.5 hours
Price: $30 – $40
Snow tubing is a blast at Massanutten Resorts! Their 16 tubing lanes are 900-feet long and have a drop of 120-feet.
These lanes are for ages 5 and up. Younger snow tubers can still join in the fun in the kiddie tubing area.
Prices vary between weekday and weekend and all sessions (regardless of when you come) are 90-minutes. Prices include use of the snow tube, tube runs and the tube lift.
Make sure to purchase tickets in advance.
Reservations open to the general public 10 days in advance unless you are staying at a Massanutten-owned property, then you can book 21 days in advance.
#3 Wintergreen Resort
Address: 39 Mountain Inn Loop, Nellysford, VA 22958
Distance from DC: 3.5 hours
Price: $29 – $34
Wintergreen Resort is home to Virginia’s largest tubing park. It’s equivalent to standing on top of a 10-story building with a hill that’s longer than three football fields.
These are fast and fun runs where you can go up to 30mph! But don’t worry, you won’t have to climb back up to the top. you can just take the conveyor lift and go again.
Snow tubing at Wintergreen is best for children ages 6 and up and 42″ and taller. You can gone one person at a time or put the tubes together to go as a group.
Snow tubing sessions are 75-minutes. Get your tickets here.
#4 The Omni Homestead Resort
Address: 7696 Sam Snead Hwy, Hot Springs, VA 24445
Distance from DC: 4 hours
Visit the Penguin Slides Tubing Park at The Omni for a fun hour of tubing.
They also have other fun winter activities while you’re there including mini snowmobiles for kids 6-12, ice skating and more. The Penguin Express will bring you back up to the top.
Sessions are for 1-hour and kids must be 5-years-old and 48″ or taller to tube. Make sure to make your reservations in advance.
Snow Tubing in Maryland
#5 Wisp Resort
Address: 296 Marsh Hill Rd, McHenry, MD 21541
Distance from DC: 3 hours
Price: $24 – $39
Wisp has 10 snow tubing lanes and no experience is required for tubing which makes it fun for the whole family! You can choose to go down solo or connect the tubes together for even more fun.
As with other resorts, tickets are sold in 2-hour time slots unless you visit on Wednesdays or Thursdays, then you can reserve a 4-hour session. Sessions begin at the top of the hour.
#6 Gaylord National
Address: National Harbor, MD
Distance from DC: 25 minutes
Price: included in stay; $24.99 if not staying
Gaylord National’s Snow Flow Mountain is a fun place to experience tubing close to home. Here you slide through conveyor belts that are frozen and ride tubes down a plummet slide or hilly ice coaster at the Snow Factory.
Your ticket purchase includes unlimited rides down the hill on your selected date.
Restrictions: riders must be 42″ tall to ride by themselves on a single small tube and 60″ to ride solo on a large tube. Children cannot ride with adults.
Snow Tubing in Pennsylvania
#7 Liberty Mountain Resort
Address: 78 Country Club Trail, Fairfield, PA 17320
Distance from DC: 90 minutes
Price: Starts $84
At Liberty Mountain Resort, you can ride the escalator with your tubes to the top of the hill to make it a lot easier. Staff is also available at the top and bottom of the hill which is a great help especially when snow tubing with kids.
Liberty Resort also has a kiddie snow tubing area called Bubly Tube Park which is perfect for the smaller kids.
Sip on some hot chocolate, enjoy a meal or a snack and even the arcade when you’re done snow tubing.
#8 Whitetail Resort
Address: 13805 Blairs Valley Rd, Mercersburg, PA 17236
Distance from DC: 2 hours
Price: $9 – $34
Snow tubing at Whitetail resort is a fun and easy getaway from the DC metropolitan area. The snow tubes can be pulled behind you and there is also an inclined moving walkway that will take you to the top of the hill.
So no need to get exhausted on the stairs so you can spend all your energy soaring down the snowy hills!
Kiddie tubing tickets are available for a designated kiddie hill if you’re traveling with smaller children.
All snow tubing tickets are sold in 2-hour time slots which start on the hour. Make sure to purchase your tickets online in advance.
FULL DETAILS: Snow Tubing & Skiing at Whitetail Resort
#9 Montage Mountain
Address: 1000 Montage Mountain Rd, Scranton, PA 18507
Distance from DC: 4.5 hours
Snow tubing at Montage Mountain Resort is a popular destination partly due to it being located 10-minutes off of I-81. It’s also very close to a large shopping and dining area, along with major hotel chains nearby.
Another bonus is snow tubing tickets are sold in 4-hour time slots (unlike the 2-hour slots normally sold at other snow tubing locations).
The snow tubing park is found at the lower part of the ski slopes so if some members of your party want to ski while others want to snow tube, you’ll be able to part and enter from the same place which is a plus.
Airboarding is a new sport that is available at Montage you may want to check out while you’re there as well.
There ‘Magic Carpet Surface Lift’ will easily take you to the top.
#10 Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Address: 777 Water Wheel Dr, Champion, PA 15622
Distance from DC: just under 4 hours
Seven Springs is located near Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania which makes it not only good for a weekend trip but also as a part of a longer trip if you want to stick around for some of the other local attractions.
You’ll find 11 snow tubing lanes at Seven Springs and a Magic Carpet to quickly bring you back to the top for another round!
There are so many more snow and non-snow activities at the resort including snowcat rides, snowmobile tours, snowshoe tours, mini golf and more.
It’s Time to Go!
Winter is here and it’s time to make your snow tubing reservations before the winter slips by again this year! This is truly fun for the whole family from little ones to seniors and everyone in between.
You’ll find some of the best snowing tubing near DC without having to venture too far to have a wintertime blast!