Snow tubing for kids can be a lot of fun for the whole family. But what about families with toddlers or preschoolers in tow?
Fortunately, there are several East Coast resorts and tubing parks that have carved out winter play and kiddie tubing areas especially for young children to the delight of parents up and down the coast. Here are our favorite spot with snow tubing for toddlers on the East Coast.
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Wintergreen Resort in Virginia- Ridgely’s Fun Park
Many little ones see and touch snow for the very first time when they take their first winter vacation to the mountains. Wintergreen Resort, located in Virginia about an hour north of Lynchburg, has a special area set aside for these young children.
Ridgely’s Fun Park is best for toddlers and preschoolers that are too young for the big thrills of Wintergreen’s popular tubing park, The Plunge. In fact, Ridgely’s Fun Park has its own tot-sized tube run complete with a slow-moving magic carpet to reach the top; perfect for kids 5 and under .
There’s also a tube merry-go-round for the littlest ones who just want to sit back and enjoy. With soft blocks, snow tunnels, toys and more, Ridgely’s Fun Park is the perfect introduction to winter fun.
Rigdely the Bear also makes appearances at the park, which is typically open on weekends and holidays in reservable one-hour time slots.
Check out Trekaroo’s full guide to Wintergreen Resort.
Snow Tubing for Toddler Near DC and the Mid Atlantic
Roundtop Mountain Resort, Whitetail Resort, and Liberty Mountain Resort are three sister ski areas located across southern Pennsylvania that offer plenty of opportunities for snowy winter thrills to Mid-Atlantic families.
Read our full guide to snow tubing in Pennsylvania.
Liberty Mountain Resort, the closest to Washington DC, is arguably the most popular ski area in the region due to its convenient location near Gettysburg.
However, all three ski areas have similar features including fast tubing runs open to children age five and up as well as adjacent kiddie tubing areas especially for tots too small for the big hill.
At Liberty Mountain, Pebble Ridge Kiddie Tubing caters to children under 5, and affordable day passes to the area allow families to come back again and again all day long. Two- hour kiddie tubing ticket, allow little ones under 41″ to enjoy the snow and parents are allowed in the area for no additional cost.
Whitetail Resort, near the PA/MD border, has a great tubing park and there is special pricing for kids under 41 inches ($10 for two hours). There are special, smaller runs that cater to this age group as well as more timid kids who might be a bit taller. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will sell out.
Roundtop Mountain, like Whitetail Resort, has a nice tubing park and special pricing for kids under 41 inches ($10 for two hours). There is a special area for the younger children and while the parents are allowed to help them in this area, they may not ride with them. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will sell out.
Check out more family-friendly ski resorts in Pennsylvania.
Killington Resort in Vermont
Does your little one want to ski like mom and dad? Killington Resort in Vermont has ski and snow play programs available for children as young as two years old.
Children ages 2-3 can participate in Killington’s First Tracks Slide & Play lessons, which include a 1-hour small group lesson inserted into the regular day at the Friendly Penguins Child Care Center. The equipment is all included! First Tracks private lessons are also available for 2-3 year old tots excited about learning the skills to join their families out on the slopes.
They also have a tubing park with a very low height requirement, just 36″, which is shorter than the average three year old. Purchase your tickets in advance online to save money.
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Thanks to Erin Gifford of Kidventurous.com who wrote the original version of this article.