Camelback Resort hosted us during our stay and provided us tickets for Galactic Snowtubing.
When it comes time to book a family vacation or getaway sometimes it can be hard with a toddler and a tween. I try to make sure I find places that they both can enjoy and during the colder months, that can sometimes be a challenge. That was until we spent the weekend in the Poconos Mountains and a trip to Camelback Lodge. With so much to do in one location, I was left wondering why we haven’t visited sooner. There is something for everyone at Camelback Mountain – even if you’re not the biggest fan of snow like me. Combine that with a stay at Camelback Lodge and a visit to Aquatopia and you have the perfect family getaway destination. One of the highlights from our trip was Galactic Snowtubing.
Only a short drive from Philadelphia, New York City and the surrounding suburbs endless fun awaits your family at Camelback Resort. We’re not skiers, well we’ve never tried it before and maybe one day we will but when we pulled into the Camelback Lodge parking lot, we were mesmerized with all the skiers coming down the hills. WOW is all I can say. It looks like it could be fun and I think it’s something our family will try once Evie gets a little bigger until then we’ll stick to snowtubing.
Once we parked, we grabbed our bags and headed to check in. Thankfully our room was ready and we headed down to unload. We stayed in a Double Queen Suite and I was amazed at how big our room was! You can see our full review of the room HERE.
We relaxed for a bit while we unpacked our bags and grabbed our snow gear. Once we suited up it was off to the mountain. Aside from some local hills in our neighborhood, this was the first time any of us have been snowtubing and we were pretty excited to get out there and give it a try.
If you’re not staying at Camelback Lodge, there’s a parking lot you can park in near the snowtubing area. Since we were a guest at the lodge, we just had to walk out front. There’s a shuttle that picks you up right in front of the Lodge and drives you over to the snowtubing area. I loved that we didn’t have to walk far or drive somewhere else to start our snowtubing adventure.
MOM TIP: Put your kids in bright colored snow pants. Most kids had black on and when they’re all at the bottom of mountain, it’s hard to see where your’s went. With bright neon colors it was easy to find my kids, especially when it got dark.
We headed over grabbed our tubes and headed up the lift (an escalator of sorts that takes you and your tube up the mountain) to the top of the hills.
Camelback Resort has 42 lanes of snow tubing action and it’s great to know on a busier day they really keep things moving. We didn’t wait more than a few minutes for our turn dow the mountain on each run.
I only wish someone had told me earlier how much FUN snow tubing is! We had a blast. The first run, Evie was a little nervous and kept trying to climb out of the tube. Luckily Daddy had a pretty good hold on her and was able to keep her happy until her run. Once we went down, she was hooked. Listen to her little squeals down the mountain in the video below.
She was hooked and I think we all were. After the first run, even Ry ditched me for his own tube and was off.
We went later in the afternoon so we’d be up there when it started to get dark so we could enjoy Galactic Snowtubing. Once the sun sets, the lights come on and the mountain is transformed into a LED lightship. It was a lot of fun to experience it both ways so I’m glad I timed it like that.
We enjoyed every single minute out there and stayed until the very end. Once we were done tubing, we headed down to the Basecamp Lodge to warm up by the fire before we headed back to the room to fresh up for dinner.
At the Basecamp Lodge you’ll find the ticketing booth area, a place to grab something to eat, two outdoor fire pits to warm up on chilly days and a delicious Waffle Cabin where you can stop for some yummy waffles.
If you know me, you know I’m not the biggest fan of snow. I know the kids love it and have fun playing out in it whenever it snows. Me? Eh. I could really do without the white stuff. But this trip changed my mind. I had an amazing time out there and am ready to plan our next trip back. Who would’ve thought me, the girl who avoids snow at all costs, would have the time of her life our there sliding down a snow covered mountain! I’m so glad I tried something new and gave it a shot.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
- Everyone has to sign a release form before you can go snowtubing
- Kids have to be 44″ tall to ride alone
- Little ones have to be at least 33″ to ride and can ride in a double tube with an adult over 18
- Everyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult
- On busy days, tickets can sell out so plan ahead
- Snow tubing on weekends and holidays are limited to 3-hour sessions since it’s so popular
Now that we’ve gone once, I think I’m hooked. The kids are begging to go back and even my husband, the sometimes reluctant traveler, had a great time. Galactic snowtubing is fun for the whole family, even if you’re hesitant to play in the snow like I was.
To learn more visit: SkiCamelback.com
Have you been snowtubing before?