Kid-Friendly Snow Tubing Spots Near Metro Detroit

Thrill-seeking families can slide down the slopes at these tubing parks.

Snow tubing is quickly becoming a popular winter sport for families and it’s easy to see why! Tubing offers the same snowy thrills as skiing and snowboarding, but without the need for lessons or expensive equipment. Simply grab your tube, plop down in it (running start optional) and soar through the snow! 

On the next snowy day, head to one of these tubing parks for a day of thrill-seeking fun. Keep it close to home and cruise down small slopes in southeast Michigan or go on a winter sports getaway and slide down steep hills at incredible tubing parks. 

Note: Since winter sports are weather-dependent, it’s best to call ahead to confirm whether the park is operating that day. 

Little ones not ready for a massive tubing hill? Check out these great sledding hills in metro Detroit.  

Bowers School Farm

No snow? No problem! The new tubing surface at Bowers School Farm allows you to gain momentum on the tube runs no matter the weather. There are also exciting new lights that will light up the tube hill in the evenings. 

Once your kiddos are worn out from hitting the slopes, refuel at the Farm Kitchen with grilled cheese, doughnuts, hot cocoa and more. 

Hawk Island Park

This scenic park on the water is full of beautiful views and thrilling wintertime fun. Rent tubes for $11 and slide down the hill. Due to limited capacity, visitors must purchase a timed-entry ticket before they arrive at the park. 

Rolling Hills Park 

Your family may be familiar with this park for its summertime water park, but Rolling Hills Park is a blast in the winter, too! Rent tubes for an affordable rate of $10/hour, then whiz down the sledding hill. 

Boyne Mountain

Zoom down four lanes at the resort’s Top Notch Tube Park. Kids ages 5 and up can enjoy exciting lights and music as they zip down the mountain. When you get to the bottom, take the ride up the mountain on a covered conveyor. Be sure to check out the world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge, Skybridge Michigan.

Echo Valley 

The expanded tubing hill at Echo Valley is worth a trip to Kalamazoo. A tow rope with a paved and heated walking surface makes it easy and comfortable to keep hitting the slopes all day long. When you’re done tubing, take an extremely steep — and extremely fun! — toboggan ride. Echo Valley’s twist on the old-school sledding activity features quarter-mile-long runs that are so steep, you’ll reach 60 mph. 

Hanson Hills Recreation Area

Kids ages 4 and up can take an exhilarating tube ride at this winter sports recreation area. After your tubing session, warm up with warm food and drinks around a cozy firepit. Hanson Hills also offers downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country 

Snow Snake Ski & Golf

If you’re taller than 36 inches, then you’re tall enough to sail down the slopes in a tube at Snow Snake Ski. The facility has skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing trails, and the Avalanche Bar & Grill, which overlooks the ski hill. 

Timber Ridge Ski Area

Race through the scenic, snowy beauty of Pure Michigan on a snow tube! There are nine tubing lanes at Timber Ridge Ski Area, southwest Michigan’s oldest and largest ski area. The park also offers skiing and snowboarding. 

Treetops Resort 

Treetops Resort in northern Michigan offers families hours of exciting winter fun. Try Extreme Tubing for high-speed thrills. The tubing slope has steep drops, exhilarating curves and extreme loops. Skiing and snowboarding are also available for families looking for more winter adventure.


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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Metro Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for metro Detroit families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.

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