Snow Tubing for the Family – Best Twin Cities Hills

Snow Tubing For the Family - Best Hills in the Twin Cities - Family Fun Twin Cities

Sure the temperatures could go subzero at any time and sure we can barely move in all our layers, but we’re Minnesotans. We love all kinds of weather! So, pack your thermos of hot chocolate and layer up! Let’s go on a snow tubing adventure at these Twin Cities tube parks! Note, several of these tubing spots may be best suited for your older, more thrill-seeking tweens and teens. For kids who need a gentler slope, we have recommendations across the Metro on our big list of the TWIN CITIES BEST SLEDDING HILLS.

Best Twin Cities Snow Tubing Hills

Did we miss any hills that you love? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Minneapolis Snow Tubing Hills

Thomas Wirth Park Winter Recreation Area

1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Golden Valley, MN 55422

Opening Day: Hike up passes available beginning January 12, 2024; Tow rope passes TBA.
Prices: $17/2-hour session during rope tow hours
Phone: (612) 604-5330

Theodore Wirth Regional Park - Snow Tubing
Theodore Wirth Tubing. Image courtesy Minneapolis Parks


Twin Cities Snow Tubing Hills – North Metro

Elm Creek Park Reserve

12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Snow Tubing Park Opening Day:  Monday, January 15. 2024. 
Regular Hours:

  • Wednesday-Friday: 4pm-9pm
  • Weekends/Holidays: 10am-9pm 

Prices: $17 per person/2 hours
Save: Half-price Wednesdays! $8.50/2 hours.
Phone: (763) 694-7894
More Family Fun: Elm Creek also offers downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as cross country skiing on groomed snow trails. 

Girl snowtubing down a hill in Elm Creek Park, Maple Grove, Minnesota.
Elm Creek Park Tubing. Image courtesy of Three Rivers Park District.

Wild Mountain

37200 Wild Mtn Rd, Taylors Falls, MN 55084

Opening Day: December 23, 2023 
Regular Hours:

  • Friday: 4- 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday; Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Special holiday hours
  • Starlight Snow Tubing: Friday’s & Saturdays 4pm-8pm – includes a laser light show for this night time snow tubing.

Prices: $27/2-hour session includes rides to the top of the hill on a conveyor.
Save: FREE Snow Tubing ticket on your birthday. Bring ID! They also offer birthday parties.
More Family Fun: Skiers will also enjoy the Wild Mountain ski resort, where both lessons and equipment rentals are offered. Friday and Saturday Nights — Starlight Tubing under “cosmic lights.”

Twin Cities Snow Tubing Hills –
East Metro 

Badlands Snow Park

772 Kinney Road, Hudson, WI 54016

Opening Day: Open for 2023/24 Season
Hours: Friday, 5-8pm; Saturday sessions starting at 10am, 1:30 & 5pm; Sunday sessions starting at 10am & 1:30pm.
Prices: $23/3 hours. Must make reservation online.
Details: Badlands Snow Park claims some of the steepest, tallest and longest hills in the country among its 7 tubing hills. It may very well be true; but this not-so-brave Mom has only observed her big kids from the comfort of the chalet.

Green Acres

8989 55th St N Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Opening date: December 22, 2023.
Open to the public for weekend & special holiday hours. Pre-registration for 2-hour session is highly encouraged:

Weekend Hours:

  • Friday:  6 pm or 9 pm
  • Saturday:  11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm or 5 pm
  • Sunday:  11 am, 1 pm or 3 pm

Prices: $20 per person
Phone: (651) 770-6060

Twin Cities Snow Tubing Hills – South Metro

15400 Buck Hill Rd, Burnsville, MN 55306
Opening date: December 8, 2023
Wednesday-Fridays hours and prices
  • 2-Hour Sessions: $19-$29
  • 7:30pm – 9pm (90-minute session): $14-$24
  • 8pm-9pm: $12-$22
Saturday & Sunday hours and prices
  • 2-Hour Sessions: $24-$29
  • 7:30pm – 9pm (90-minute session): $19-$24
  • 8pm-9pm: $14-$19

Save: Pre-purchase online for cheaper rates
Phone: (952) 435-7174
More Family Fun: Families can also enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Buck Hill. There is an onsite restaurant that hosts music and events – like Downhill Disco & Northern Lights Tubing — throughout the year.

Trapp Farm Park Tubing Hill

841 Wilderness Run Rd, Eagan, MN 55123
Opens: December 22, 2023 (Weather Permitting_
Approximately 75 tubes designed for winter tubing are available. Guests may not bring their own tubes for safety reasons. Required! Pre-register online for 2-hour time slot:

Price: $5 per person
Phone: Eagan Parks & Recreation at (651) 675-5500

Collage of Girl on snow tube and fireplace in Trapp Farm Shelter Building
Image courtesy City of Eagan – 2020 Grand Opening

Weekend Getaways:

MOUNT SKI GULL in Nisswa is just 2 and a half hours north of the Twin Cities and boasts the longest tubing slope in Minnesota.

Like Wild Mountain, SPIRIT MOUNTAIN in Duluth also offers Glow Tubing on Friday and Saturday nights. Anne shares this and more of her favorite things to do in Duluth on a winter weekend here.

Spirit Mountain – Duluth

More Winter Family Fun

  1. Ice Skating. Mid-December to Mid-February, families can find FREE outdoor ice rinks throughout the Twin Cities: Skate the Twin Cities: Where to find free outdoor ice rinks.
  2. Snowshoeing: It’s Snowshoe Fun to Exercise Outdoors in Minnesota in January.
  3. Sledding is a great FREE winter park activity. We have gathered the best hills in the Twin Cities: Twin Cities Sledding Hills Guide. Most of these parks also offer snow play areas (aka green spaces in the summer), where kids can build snowman and forts and make snow angels.

Twin Cities Sledding Hills Guide

What Happened to my Favorite Snow Tubing Hill?

Ekobacken–Forest Lake

No longer offers tubing. They do still offer summer activities, including birthday parties, mini golf and car shows.

Your turn. We would love the hear from you. Leave us a message and tell us where you believe the best snow tubing in Minnesota can be found.

Originally published on: Jan 7, 2015
by Gianna Kordatzky
Most recently updated in December 2023

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