A Guide to Snow Tubing near Minneapolis

snow tubing near minneapolis guide

Grab the hats and mittens. Tie your snow boots tight.  It’s tubing time!  

The Twin Cities Metro is home to some of the best tubing hills in the state. 

If you’re new to flopping on a tube and flying head-first down the slopes, or even if you’re a seasoned veteran of the tubing world looking for some new spots, check out this guide to snow tubing in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Snow Tubing Hills around Minneapolis & the Twin Cities

If you’re looking for something near home, here are our 5 favorite snow tubing hills in Minneapolis.

Theodore Wirth Regional Park, Wirth Winter Rec Area

If you’re making a destination list for winter fun near Minneapolis, The Wirth Winter Recreation Area will undoubtedly end up somewhere near the top.  You supply the warm clothes, and they’ll provide the rest.

During select days all winter, the Loppet Foundation–a Minneapolis-based 501c3 dedicated to getting families and underserved communities outdoors in our community–operates a tow rope on the hill.  It gives riders five years of age and up all the tubing fun you can handle for $17.  For $8.50, riders can tube down and walk up the stair access to get back to the top on off-peak days.

Buck Hill

Burnsville’s Buck Hill takes snow tubing so seriously they teach a class on it.  During the 3-hour “The Science of Tubing” learning program, students not only get a chance to zoom down one of Buck Hill’s perfectly groomed snow tubing lanes, but they’ll also learn about the physics behind one of Minnesota’s favorite winter activities.  Find out about average speed, friction, and how we use Newton’s Motion Laws for fun.

Regular 2-hour snow tubing sessions at Buck Hill are available 11 AM to 9 PM when conditions permit and can be reserved in advance for $20.

  • Address: 15400 Buck Hill Rd, Burnsville, MN 55306
  • Website: Buck Hill

Trapp Farm Park

If you’re looking for the classic Minnesota snow tubing experience, the City of Eagan’s Trapp Farm Park tubing hill is a great place to start.  For just $5 per person, enjoy unlimited tubing on one of their 75 winter tubes.  In classic style, there’s no tow rope at Trapp Farm. The kids will enjoy hoofing it back up the hill just like the good ‘ole days.

Green Acres Recreation Area

Since 1974, Twin Cities families have been flocking to Green Acres Tubing at Lake Elmo’s Green Acres Recreation Area.  The family-owned business offers a groomed, open tubing hill (no lanes) so snow tubers can link hands or race head-first to the bottom. Then, enjoy the comfortable tow rope ride back up to the top for another run.  Reservations are required for three-hour sessions and can be booked in advance online.

Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove

As soon as the first snowflakes hit the ground, visitors from all over the Metro flock to the 4,900-acre Elm Creek Park Reserve.  It’s one of the premier winter recreation spots in the Twin Cities and a top destination for snow tubing.  Ride the moving sidewalk up to the top of the 10-story tubing hill and then launch down one of the groomed lanes.  $15 for 2 hours (and $3 for each additional hour) includes the tub rental and everything you need for an afternoon of fun.

Or if it’s not too chilly, try snow tubing at night.  The hill at Elm Creek is outfitted with lights and stays open until 9 PM from Wednesday to Sunday.

Snow Tubing Hills Near the Twin Cities Metro

If you need a mid-winter getaway, check out one of these snow tubing destinations just outside of the Metro area.  Just be sure to call ahead for hours, availability, and pricing before you drive.

Spirit Mountain, Duluth

Although Spirit Mountain is known for its downhill skiing, it’s worth the drive to Duluth to check out their Glow Tubing events.  On Saturday nights from 5:30–8:30 PM, their groomed lanes light up in blue, green, and purple for a disco-tubing experience. Don’t forget the glow sticks and your glow-in-the-dark snow gear!

  • Address: 9500 Spirit Mountain Pl, Duluth, MN 55810
  • Website: Spirit Mountain

Wild Mountain, Taylor’s Falls

Located about 1 hour northeast of downtown Minneapolis, Wild Mountain at Taylor’s Falls Recreation Area offers weekend snow tubing sessions for 200 guests.  On Friday and Saturday evenings, the hill is open for Starlight snow tubing. After dark, the floodlights are turned off, and the LED twinkle lights come out for a fun night on the lanes.

Mount Kato, Mankato

Travel 90 minutes south on Highway 169 to Mount Kato, one of south-central Minnesota’s top winter destinations.  Book one of their 2-hour tubing sessions and spend the afternoon taking the moving walkway lift to the top of their five specially groomed tubing lanes. Mount Kato also offers a discounted tubing party package, including tubing lift tickets, pizzas, and ice cream for ten people.

  • Address: 20461 State Hwy 66, Mankato, MN 56001
  • Website: Mount Kato

Trollhaugen, Dresser WI

For many Twin Cities natives, it’s not officially the winter season until you’ve taken the trip to Trollhaugen.  Located one hour from Minneapolis, just across the border in Wisconsin, Trollhaugen is one of the closest ski hills to the Metro area.  It’s also one of the best weekend snow tubing destinations. With ten lanes wide enough for chains and group tubing and a speedy conveyor belt lift to the top, it’s worth the drive.

What do I need for snow tubing?

One of the best parts about snow tubing at these Twin Cities locations is that there’s no equipment required.  No need to search the stores for a snow tube or bother with air pumps and patches.  The hills here all provide specially-designed snow tubes.

Be sure to dress in layers, wear sturdy, snow-worthy boots, and bring an extra set of hats and mittens to swap out if needed.  Wear a waterproof outer layer if you have it.  Helmets and ski goggles aren’t required on these hills, but many visitors choose to bring their own for extra comfort and safety.

Other tips:

  • Many of the snow tubing hills have height requirements to keep young riders safe. Check ages and heights for all members of your group before you go.
  • Tubing is very popular in Minnesota, especially on winter break holidays. Be sure to reserve your tubing session ahead.
  • Bring a snack or cash for the concession stand. Snow tubing in cold conditions requires more work from your body than you might realize.  Pace yourself, take breaks, and stay hydrated to make the most of your day on the hill.
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