With more than a dozen New England tubing parks offering fast-paced fun, families visiting the region this winter will find ample opportunities to give tubing a try. Here is your guide to tubing in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont:
Woodbury Ski Area
With 20 snow tubing runs served by four lifts, Woodbury Ski Area in Woodbury, Connecticut, is southern New England's largest tubing destination. It's also the closest New England tubing park to New York City.
Seacoast Snow Park
When winter rolls around, Seacoast Adventure Park in Windham, Maine, is transformed into a snow park with 12 tubing lanes and an express lift. Snow making ensures good conditions for sledders, and music and lights make this a fun spot to be at night, too.
Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, offers snow tubing for kids on an illuminated hill on select evenings.
The lift-serviced Tubing Park at Sunday River ski area in Newry, Maine, is available Fridays, Saturdays and holidays in the evening.
Don't ski? A Massachusetts tubing outing at the Ski Butternut Tubing Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, is the perfect winter cabin fever beater. Snow tubing is exhilarating and fun for kids and adults, as you'll see in this video from my family's first tubing adventure.
Amesbury Sports Park
The big tubing hill and terrain park at this Amesbury, Massachusetts, recreational facility is open Thursday through Sunday, as well as on holidays and during school vacations. Amesbury Sports Park has summer tubing, as well.
Charlemont, Massachusetts, is home to the Berkshire East ski area and its tubing park. A moving ground lift takes all of the work out of climbing back up the hill after each tubing run.
Nashoba Valley Ski Area
Nashoba Valley's Tubing Park in Littleton, Massachusetts, operates seven days and nights each week during the winter season. With 18 tubing lanes, four lifts and an on-site lodge, it's the largest tubing destination in New England and the closest tubing location near Boston.
Ski Ward TubaSlide
The TubaSlide at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, offers tubing excitement daily for ages 6 and up (42" height requirement). Active duty military personnel save 50 percent on tubing tickets with valid ID.
New Hampshire Tubing
Cranmore Mountain Resort
Visiting North Conway, New Hampshire, this winter? Then why not try tubing at Cranmore's Tubing Park? All ages are welcome (children must be at least 42" tall to ride solo), and with 10 runs, two lifts, snowmaking and lights, you're sure to have a memorable outing.
The Pine Meadows Snowtubing Park at King Pine Ski Area in East Madison, New Hampshire, is one of the cheapest places to tube in New England. Tickets are just $17 for a two-hour session as of 2014, and you can tube for just $10 on Friday nights with this coupon. A lift eases the trip up the hill.
Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire, offers tubing excitement day and night with chairlift service to maximize your ride time. A separate tot tubing area is available for children under 8 years of age.
You must lay down on your belly if you want to tube at Pats Peak in Henniker, New Hampshire, where corporate and other groups can rent the entire tubing park for private events. Public tubing sessions are available Friday through Sunday and during February vacation weeks.
Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center
Although Grafton Ponds in Grafton, Vermont, is primarily a Nordic skiing center, tubes are available for rent for use on a single, 600-foot tubing run.
Magic Mountain in Londonderry, Vermont, is home to the Alakazam Tube Park, which is as much fun as it sounds! Tube all day for a single price on weekends and during holiday periods.
With multiple lift-serviced lanes of tubing action, Mount Snow's Mixing Bowl offers a fun alternative to skiing for families visiting Friday through Monday and holidays.
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